Review of China Eastern flight Beijing Xi'an in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU2108
Class Economy
Seat 46A
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 01:40
Take-off 16 Aug 17, 12:50
Arrival at 16 Aug 17, 14:30
MU 170 reviews
Carlotherocks
By BRONZE 1038
Published on 1st September 2017

INTRODUCTION


Hello everyone
The 24th July my parents celebrated 20 years of marriage and they decided to make a family trip for this special occasion
About 2 months before leaving we started to evaluate all the possibilites and in a week we made a sort of round-the-world journey: USA, Caribbean, Fjords' cruise and so on…
After all this we finally decide the destination: CHINA
We booked an organized group tour with one of the best Italian tour operator with departure date 12nd August.
The tour comprised 4 cities: Beijing, Xi'An, Guilin and Shanghai for a total of 12 days
Personally I was very happy because of the many different airlines and planes we would have tried. And obviously also because I've never been to China and it had always fascinated me.
Here is the itinerary:


12nd August Roma Fiumicino - Beijing Capital with Air China Boeing 787-9
16th August Beijing Capital - Xi'An with China Eastern Airlines Airbus A321 (YOU ARE HERE)
18th August Xi'An - Guilin with OKAirways Boeing 737-900ER
20th August Guilin - Shanghai Pudong with Suparna Airlines Boeing 737-800
22nd August Shanghai Hongqiao - Beijing Capital with Air China Boeing 747-400
22nd August Beijing Capital - Roma Fiumicino with Air China Boeing 787-9



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AT THE AIRPORT


After spending three beautiful days in Beijing it's time to leave to Xi'An, the ancient capital city of Chinese Empire. Since the flight would have been in the afternoon we had time in the morning to visit the Temple of Heaven.
Our flight, operated by China Eastern, would depart from Terminal 2, located in the older part of the airport and which hosts most of international and domestics flights.
We arrived at the airport about 2 hours before departure
Korean Air birds seen from the expressway
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The shuttle left us in front of Domestic Departures, at the far left of the Terminal
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On the right there are International Departures as well as flights to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan
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Our flight was reported to be on time
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China Eastern check-in desks
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Since we were a group we could use a priority desk and in about 10 minutes we obtained our boarding passes
Unfortunately the airport staff doesn't speak English well so our guide had to translate everything as seat preferences in Chinese
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There was just a little queue at the security checkpoint but it took about 20 minutes to do all
Every passenger is controlled manually beyond metal detectors and also every bag is minutely checked
Airside area of PEK T2 is quite good but it lacks of interesting shops…I cannot find any plane model ahaha
Fortunately the Terminal is very good for plane spotting
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Since we had about 50 minutes before boarding I made a walk around the terminal to take pictures
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China Southern A330
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China Southern A321 with Sharklets
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XiamenAir Boeing 787
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Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 767-300ER
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Going towards the International part of the Terminal I saw many interesting birds
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China Eastern A330 with People's Daily Online livery
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China Southern A330 in SkyTeam livery
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Hongkong Airlines A330 and 737
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Air China A330s at T3, one of them with Zichen Hao - Capital Pavilion Liner livery
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Air China Boeing 737 taking off
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China Southern A380 arriving at Terminal 2
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Hainan Airlines A330
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Air China A330 taking off
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China Southern A330 in SkyTeam livery
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China Southern A380 desembarking
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All Nippon Airways Boeing 777
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Whalejet
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China Eastern Boeing 777
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China Southern Boeing 757
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SAS A340
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China Souther A321
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Since boarding time was close I came back to Gate 34
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Our bird for the flight
B-9903, delivered to MU in Febraury 2013 and fitted with sharklets in January 2017
I really like old-style liveries of Chinese carriers. They are very fascinating
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In the background is it possible to see China Southern A330 in 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010 livery
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THE FLIGHT


Boarding started ten minutes earlier than scheduled
Going down the jetbridge
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I gave the Flight report to the Purser and made my way to my seat 45A
The plane seemed to be not completly full
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Even if it was no possible to recline (no matter for me since I like to keep seat up) the pitch was great
I'm tall and stout but I was able to cross my legs without any problem
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The view from my seat with China Southern A321 next to us
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We were among the last to board and immediately after the cabin was set for departure
The cabin crew distributed blankets and pillows, remainders of not full Business class
Of the six flights I made sure the crew of this was the best in terms of professionalism and warmth
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Just for the take-off I moved to the seat accross the aisle, 45F, since the entire row was empty
China Southern Boeing 737
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We pushed-back 10 minutes before scheduled
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China Southern A330 in 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010 livery
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XiamenAir Boeing 787
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China Southern A321 just landed on RWY36L
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Hainan A330
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China Southern Boeing 737
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And then our turn to go
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Another Hainan A330 behind us
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Off we go! Bye Bye Beijing

Climbing over clouds
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The landscape under us was so different from the almost-desertic we saw landing in Beijing 4 days ago
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Mandatory sharklet shot
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I came back to my seat for the lunch
It was composed by a nice lunchbox plus a choice for the main course

Bread
Sauerkraut
Spicy sauce
Water
Choice between Chicken with Noodles or Beef meatball with rice and vegetables


I chose the meatballs which were quite tasty, but the rice a bit overcooked
The bread seemed to be taken out by fridge a moment before
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Meanwhile Chinese landscape continued to scroll under us
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I spent the rest of the flight listening to music and playing crosswords
We started to descent to Xi'An

Welcome to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
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Landing on RWY5L was smooth and soft
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And again we start a long taxi to the gate
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Terminal 2
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Hainan Airlines A330
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China Eastern A320 in new livery
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Definitely Hainan's land
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Air China A319
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China Southern A320
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Terminal 3 apron
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China Eastern A321 in SkyTeam livery
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The pier
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Our stand
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Finally in
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China Eastern A320 in new livery next to us
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While desembarking I asked to the Purser to visit the cockpit
Considering his answer I still don't know (and maybe I never will) if he said me it was no possible or if he didn't understand a single word…
However the Flight report was well filled
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ARRIVAL IN XI'AN


Desembarking through the jetbridge about half a hour before scheduled
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Last views of our bird
Thank you China Eastern
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Xi'An Airport still smelled of new since this Terminal has been opened in 2012

Down to the Baggage Claim
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Huge baggage claim hall
Chinese like doing things great XD
Our baggages were already there
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The arrivals hall was not so crowded
The guide waiting there told us that usually flights from PEK have 3-4 hours delay and we were very lucky
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Milano Fashion Week's advertising
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Ground Transportation Center
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And airport exterior
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The shuttle brought us to visit the amazing City Walls
And the day after…Terracotta Army :D
TO BE CONTINUED…
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Verdict

China Eastern

7.5/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering7.5

Beijing - PEK

6.9/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness6.5

Xi'an - XIY

6.9/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services5.0
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

China Eastern Airlines impressed my so much for all the aspects
The aircraft was clean and comfortable. The crew was one of the best I've experienced in China for their professionalism and warmth. The food service was very good and right for a 2-hour domestic flight

Information on the route Beijing (PEK) Xi'an (XIY)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 7 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Beijing (PEK) → Xi'an (XIY).


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The airline with the best average rating is Hainan Airlines with 8.0/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 58 minutes.

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