Review of Okay Airways flight Xi'an Guilin City in Economy

Airline Okay Airways
Flight BK3003
Class Economy
Seat 34F
Aircraft Boeing 737-900ER
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 18 Aug 17, 12:10
Arrival at 18 Aug 17, 14:00
BK 3 reviews
Carlotherocks
Published on 3rd 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
18th August Xi'An - Guilin with OKAirways Boeing 737-900ER (YOU ARE HERE)
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


We left our hotel in late morning. I was positively impressed by Xi'An and I will miss so much this city. On the way to the airport we found a little bit of traffic and the bus driver took the emergency lane as if it were the most common thing…
He left us in front of Terminal 3, built in 2012
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At the Terminal entrance passengers were checked for explosive powders. As soon as in Beijing it hadn't happened 2 days ago I supposed it was for Barcelona attack the night before.
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Check-in hall was huge and bright
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We reached Group Check-in counter for OKAirways, an airline I've never heard before of
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My boarding pass
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There wasn't a big queue at the security checkpoint
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As in Beijing the control was very meticolous and in 15 minutes we were airside
Departure board with our flight reported to be on time
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Heading to gate H46
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Descending to the departure lounge; the large windows are perfect for plane spotting
China Eastern A320s
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China Southern A320 being towed
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The departure lounge full of nice shops, even if we were in the domestic area
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China Eastern A320s
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Since boarding time was close we went straight to our gate

H46 is downstairs, this only meant one thing…bus gate XD
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China Eastern A321 in SkyTeam livery
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XiamenAir Boeing 737
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Time to go…
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THE FLIGHT


Most of the passengers don't like to board with bus, but for an aviation geek like me is a good moment to spot planes
The way to the airplane was long and the bus was very slow
Our plane was parked at Terminal 2, on the other side of the airport
China Southern A320
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China Southern Boeing 737
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XiamenAir Boeing 737
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China Eastern A320
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Cargo apron in the distance
SF Airlines 757, Langhao Airlines and YT Airlines 737s and Yangtze River Airlines 747F
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Hainan Airlines A330
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Our plane: B-1522, delivered in June 2015 (2,2 years old) and in leasing from unknown airline
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First time for me on a Boeing 737-900ER
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Obviously equipped with SkyInterior
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I took my seat, 34F, the last row of the plane
The pitch was terrible (I touched the seatpocket with knees) and also the seat was a bit tight
Maybe the worst seat ever experienced (even worse than Ryanair…)
I wasn't able neither to take small things in my bag between my legs
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Shenzen Airlines Boeing 737
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The view from my seat while boarding ended
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Taxiing to the runway was a bit long
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China Eastern A321 landing
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Yangtze River Airlines 747F
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SF Airlines 757F
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And off we go!

Immediately after takeoff we passed through the cloud layer
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It was very difficult to see landscape's details
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Mood-lighting changed from blue to orange for meal service
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There was a single choice for lunch

Spicy beef-filled bun
Rice-made pasta with fresh vegetables


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A voice in my head fortunately told me to eat the bun before pasta and he was right
The bun was very spicy and it totally "anesthetize" my mouth
Fortunately I ate the pasta immediately after and everything was better
The crew seemed to be a bit disorganized. The served the meal from the rear to the front and after they served beverages, but from the front to the rear. A bit pointless IMO
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During the flight the landscape gradually changed
Approaching Guilin we saw many hills and flumes

Even the airport is surrounded by small hills and river

Welcome to Guilin!
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Taxi was quite short since the airport is very small
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New terminal under construction
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No doubts about where we landed
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We were parked at a remote stand on the runway side of the apron
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Shangdong Airlines 737…another airline to add to the list of strange airlines seen in China
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I was the last to desembark
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The Purser gave my back the Flight Report, particularly filled
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The bus with China Southern 737 behind
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Mandatory fuselage shot…
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…and wing
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Bye bye OKAirways…hope to never fly again with you
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ARRIVAL IN GUILIN


The baggage claim hall was quite worse than other Chinese airports we had seen in previous days
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Baggages arrived about 10 minutes after
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Definitely we are in Guilin
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Very dark baggage hall
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The airport outside is definitely better than inside
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Guilin is very interesting in nature
We visited Reed Flute Cave and made a nice cruise on Li River
TO BE CONTINUED…
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Verdict

Okay Airways

3.3/10
Cabin2.0
Cabin crew4.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering2.0

Xi'an - XIY

7.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Guilin City - KWL

5.0/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness3.0

Conclusion

I definitely advise against OKAirways
Seats are very uncomfortable and are quite difficult to tolerate for a flight longer than two hours

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2 Comments

  • Comment 411776 by
    Book_Gazette 5 Comments

    Thanks for stopping by Guangxi where my family is from! I didn't know that BK had free food but had such bad pitch as I read it was an LCC. If you head down to Nanning (NNG) down south from Guilin, the capital city of Guangxi. We boarded out of your same gate to a remote stand to NNG on CZ3276 served by B-1951 a B738. We had a mechanical and so we had a solid 2.5 hour delay. Take the trains if you don't want bad luck, they are nice and fast.

  • Comment 414574 by
    pwecar 53 Comments

    Thanks for a great report of OK Airways!

    The "rice pasta" is a Shaanxi (where Xi'an is located) speciality called Liangpi

    It would be a bit tasteless if you don't stir them with the hot pepper sauce (as provided in that lunchbox)

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