Review of Hainan Airlines flight Guilin City Shanghai in Economy

Airline Hainan Airlines
Flight Y8 7506
Class Economy
Seat 58F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 06:30
Take-off 20 Aug 17, 11:50
Arrival at 20 Aug 17, 18:20
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Published on 4th September 2017


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
20th August Guilin - Shanghai Pudong with Suparna Airlines Boeing 737-800 (YOU ARE HERE)
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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After spending 2 days in Guilin, enjoying its natural heritage, it's time to leave to Shanghai, IMO the most thrilling part of the travel.
We were driven to the airport in late morning
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Differently from Xi'An there was no baggage control at the terminal entrance
The check-in hall looked like a big and dark warehouse
Moreover the A/C seemed to be insufficient for a so big hall and it was a bit hot inside
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The local guide left us in front of Group Check-in desk and in about 10 minutes we obtained our BPs
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My boarding pass
The flight would be operated by Suparna Airlines (IATA: Y8, ICAO: YZR), partially owned by Hainan Airlines
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The queue for the security checkpoint was huge, about 30 minutes waiting according to the check-in lady
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Our flight reported to be on time
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38 minutes after check-in we were airside
The document control was really slow because the agent checked Western names letter by letter and the control itself was meticolous as always
The boarding had already started, but fortunately the airport was very small
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Our gate
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The plane for today's flight: B-1577, delivered in August 2016 (1,1 years old) and previously belonged to GOL Transportes Aéreos and Aircastle
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Going down the jetway
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Nice nose!
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Air Changan Boeing 737
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Fuselage shot
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Even this Boeing 737 is equipped with SkyInterior
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My seat was in the 3rd last row
The pitch was right for a 2 hours flight
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The view from my seat
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China Souther Boeing 737 pulling into the gate
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Cabin during boarding with blue mood-lighting
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Winglet with Hainan Airlines logo
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Since we were among the last to board the pushback started immediately after we took our seats
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Shandong Airlines
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Goodbye Guilin
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China Eastenrn Boeing 737
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Taxiing to the unique RWY at Guilin

And off we go!
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Fortunately the weather wasn't cloudy as previous days and we were able to see wonderful landscapes around Guilin
This was also because Guilin is definitely smaller than Beijing or Xi'An so there's less pollution

About 35 minutes into the flight lunch service started
Mood-lighting passed from blue to orange
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There was a choice between two meals

Chicken with noodle or beef with rice

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I chose chicken and it was really tasty
Definitely a good lunch to be on a plane
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Being close to Shanghai we started flying over a white layer of clouds
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After lunch the crew passed with duty free cart and I bought a nice Boeing 787-9 model in Suparna Airlines livery
Maybe I'm the only one in Italy to have it XD
Very nice box too
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About 30 minutes before scheduled landing "strange things" started to happen
We began the descent but about 5 minutes after the plane rose again
After flying a little bit more it started again to descent
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Amazing coastal landscapes

Landing announcement was done in Chinese and in a very poor English and the only understandable words were "Landing" and "Shanghai"
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The plane continued his descent over swamp areas

And than the city suburbs
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The smog and humidity level is perceivable
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Factories and warehouses
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Last moments on air
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And finally welcome to….HANGZHOU!
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My big passion for aviation also includes a big fashion for airports and their architecture
While we left the runway I immediately saw the Terminal and I didn't recognize it
I had clear in my mind the images of Pudong Airport Terminal 1 and 2 and seeing another terminal was quite strange
We were parked on a remote area quite far from the Terminal but full of other planes
Our guide came and told us that due to bad weather in Shanghai our flight was diverted to Hangzhou (IATA: HGH , ICAO: ZSHC)
It wasn't still unclear if we would have wait there or be desembarked to be transferred to Shanghai by bus or train
She also told us that this was said during the announcement but it wasn't so clear in English
What really impressed me was the total absence of reaction from Chinese people. Maybe if something like this happens in Italy or Europe in general people will start to loudly complain.
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But now it's time to continue the report…
The international terminal
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KLM 787 parked at the terminal
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All Nippon Airways 767 and Asiana 777
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China United Airlines 737 landing behind us
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LuckyAir 737 (it's just an impression or the tail looks like British Airways' one?)
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Air China A321 at the remotes
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SF Airlines 757F at the apron where we were parked too
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Shanghai Airlines A330
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The view from our parking area
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The only announcements made by crew reminded us to relax and not to smoke on the plane
Actually really useful
Most of the people stood and walked around the plane and the crew distributed some drinks
I spend most of the time chatting with my group mates and playing Sudoku
About 1 hour and half after a Malaysia Airlines A330 parked next to us
Really amazing plane and livery

About 3 hours after landing in HGH some planes parked in the nearby started to move to the RWY…a good sign
The guide, translating us from Chinese announcement, told us that PVG was opened again and we would have departed soon
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Shanghai Airlines A330 pushing back and leaving
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Loong Air A320, a really nice livery
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Meanwhile Shanghai Airlines A330 took off
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After 2 hours and 50 minutes we left our stand
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XiamenAir 737 in SkyTeam livery
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Taxiing to the RWY
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China Southern A321
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The apron where we waited
SF Airlines 757Fs, China United Airlines 737, Spring Airlines A320 and Malaysia Airlines A330
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Malaysia Airlines A330
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Who would have imagined we would "visit" a fifth city (or his airport)
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3 hours and 20 minutes after landing we took off again to Shanghai-PVG
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Hangzhou from air
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Enormous road interchange
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Outside the weather became more gloomy as we approach Shanghai

Costa Crociere's ship
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The flight lasted about 40 minutes
I don't think we reached a high cruise altitude because we started to descent immediately after climb
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Shanghai Port
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Approaching Pudong area
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Racing with Turkish Airlines 777 landing from IST maybe
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Last moments in air
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Lined up to land on RWY 16L/34R
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Pudond Airport Terminal 2
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Without any doubt now…Welcome to Shanghai
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Crossing RWY 16R/34L
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Delta Airlines 747-400
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Cathay Dragon A320
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We were parked on a remote stand in front of the new terminal under construction
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The cabin during desembark
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Fuselage shot
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Bye bye
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The bus ride to the terminal took 27 minutes! We spent about half of this time in the middle of the apron waiting for who-know-what
Unfortunately the windows were steamy and I wasn't able to take pics of beutiful aircrafts outside like a Qantas A330 passing close to us :/
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Shanghai Pudong Terminal 2 is very big and has a very nice architecture
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Our baggages were already on the belt fortunately
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At the exit the local guide was waiting for us to take the bus
We kindly asked her to meet directly at the hotel, located on Nanjing Road, because we wanted to experience the MagLev
MagLev station is located between Terminal 1 and 2
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The ticket costs ¥40 (instead of ¥50, if you show your BP) that is about 5 euros. I heard it was very expensive but because Subway ticket costs ¥4
Baggages were checked at the entrance
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Train model in the waiting hall
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Time to board the train
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Train rear before departing
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The train left at the precise moment shown on the timetable
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Rapidly we reached cruise speed of 300km/h
Usually the speed is 420km/h but in the evening is a bit "slower"
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Inside the coach is larger than normal trains
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In 8 minutes we made the 30,5 km ride to Longyang Road station
Front of the train
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The station has an interchange with Shanghai Subway Line 2 which brought us to the hotel
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The day after we changed a little bit the program to visit the city in less time
I was very excited because Shanghai had always fascinated me
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Hainan Airlines

Cabin crew6.0

Guilin City - KWL


Shanghai - PVG



This flight was unlucky from the beginning
Fortunately the stopover in Hangzhou was not so long and the crew do their best to ensure passengers' comfort



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