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Review of China Eastern flight Singapore Shanghai in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU544
Class Economy
Seat 67C
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 05:15
Take-off 20 Dec 17, 00:25
Arrival at 20 Dec 17, 05:40
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FiamaArin
By 1911
Published on 19th February 2018
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Two weeks after returning from Tokyo, I'm headed off to Japan again. This time, I'm heading to the southern island of Kyushu. I stayed at the cities of Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Beppu.

China Eastern Airlines
MU 544
Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
A330-200
B-6538 in SkyTeam Livery
Economy Class
Gate B6


China Eastern flies to Singapore four times daily with MU566 and MU544 within 2 hours of each other at around midnight.
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Boarding Pass for this sector. MU is becoming my most flown airlines, accounting for a third of all my reports so far.
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Crossing airside to rest at the gate for this red-eye flight.
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The FIDS at Terminal 3 of Changi.
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We arrived early at gate B5/B6 and they were currently processing SQ passengers bound for LHR. We had to wait for our turn at enter the waiting area.
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The waiting area of gate B6. There are several places for passengers to charge their devices and a drinking fountain .
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Our bird for this flight. An A332 in SkyTeam livery.
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Boarding commences are we take the aerobridge down to the plane.
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Both Chinese and English newspapers are available for passengers at the door.
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We pass through the J-cabin which was completely empty at this moment.
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And into the Y-cabin of the plane. The seats are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. MU's cabin looks plain and the blue seats just seem generic compared to other airlines.
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Taking my seat, I find the seat comfortable enough and the IFE is sufficient for the flight although I suspect I will be sleeping for most of it. On a side note, the IFE remote was slightly faulty as several buttons were not working and the touchscreen was misaligned as pressing the spot on the screen will not correspond to the button you would want to press.


A quick POV shot.
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I decided to take a quick trip to the lavatory before the flight. It's clean with all the basic amenities.
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MU's IFE interface and the flight information. I really like the system used in MU's IFE as it is much more detailed compared to the older generation IFE systems.


The seatback materials include an airsickness bag, IFE guide, Duty-free catalogue and safety information card.


A view of the cabin after take-off as a passenger retrieves her bag from the overhead bin.
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The meal options on this flight are rice with fish or mushroom pasta. Both mains are served with sides of cut fruit, prawn salad, a bun and drinks. The meals are sufficient but quite poor compared to other carriers.
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The crew collected the meal trays and served another round of drinks before dimming the cabin lights.
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As expected, I fell asleep for most of the flight and only woke up when the plane had already touched down.
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After a fairly long taxi, we reach the remote stand and passengers begin to grab their belongings and disembark. I had forgotten that Shanghai would be cold and my coat was in my check-in luggage so I had to endure the cold wind in my T-shirt.


A final look at our plane from the ground.
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Verdict

China Eastern

7.1/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.0
In-flight Entertainment7.5
Meal/catering7.0

Singapore - SIN

8.6/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Shanghai - PVG

6.8/10
Efficiency6.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

A very average flight on this sector. Nothing special to talk about or discuss. I guess MU is just providing the most basic service at the lowest cost to expand their market share.

Information on the route Singapore (SIN) Shanghai (PVG)

4 Comments

  • Comment 432477 by
    KL651 TEAM 4303 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    Basic meal but the seat looks comfy enough.
    I guess MU is the cheapest non -LCC option to get to Japan.

    • Comment 433054 by
      FiamaArin AUTHOR 51 Comments

      Hi KL651,

      Thanks for reading my report! MU's seat is decent enough. I've taken this route enough times to know what to expect.
      MU probably has the best timings as well for the price. I've seen VN with better prices but their layover is almost 10hr long.

      Thanks,
      FiamaArin

  • Comment 432725 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4600 Comments

    Hi FIAMAARIN, enjoyed your report as usual. Beautifully photographed as always! MU, like many of the Chinese carriers, is nothing fancy but seems to get the job done with a decent product at a good price. A short red-eye like this is rough, so I commend you on a thorough report--and still being able to fit in some sleep! I probably would have fallen asleep the second my butt hit the seat.

    Thanks for sharing!

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