Review of China Eastern flight Shanghai New York in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU297
Class Economy
Seat 67A
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 13:20
Take-off 18 May 18, 20:30
Arrival at 18 May 18, 21:50
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Blazingburst2016
Published on 24th October 2018
Welcome to the trip-report reviewing China Eastern's Long Haul economy Product on board their Boeing 777-300ER.

Check out my other China Eastern Trip-report from Harbin(HRB) to Shanghai(PVG)
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At the time of making this trip-report, China Eastern has 20 B777-300ER. Apart from the B777-300ER, the long haul fleet is consisted of the A330-200 and the A330-300. The airline also has a further order of B787-9 and A350-900. The airline has a fierce competition with its rivals Hainan Airlines, China Southern , Sichuan Ailrines, Air China and recently Juneyao Airlines. Hainan Airlines has always been in a lead in the long haul sector with the most amount of international routes. They use the B787-8 ,B787-9,A330-300,A330-200 and the A350 to their advantage. China Southern focuses on the south east asian routes instead of the long haul routes. Sichuan Airlines recently acquired the A350 and they launched long haul operations the us and Juneyao is also a recent competitor with the newly acquired B787. Air China has taken a different approach to the widebody aircrafts. They deploy the aircrafts on high frequency short haul routes either within China or Hong Kong,Singapore,Taiwan ,India etc…(They do also use the fleet for long haul operations). These airlines do give a fierce competition towards China Eastern which has a huge domestic coverage.


Coming back to China Eastern ,this aircraft is equiped with 6 first class seat,52 Business class and 258 economy class seats.

I first did check-in and the check-in was smooth.
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The departure board at Shanghai Pudong
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After the very quick immigration and security check , i went to the gate.
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First class and business class passengers were called first followed by Economy class passengers.
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Some jetbridge spotting.
China Airlines B777-300ER to Taipei
Delta to Seattle ?
Qantas to Melbourne?
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The flight attendant welcomed us with the warm chinese hospitality. I passed the business class cabin and it looked very modern and elegant.
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After we passed the business class cabin, we entered the economy class cabin.
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The boarding pass for this flight.
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The seat back entertainment.

he new modern seat back entertainment system was installed and it made the viewing experience much more pleasurable.
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The doors were closed and this is a picture of the cabin before take off.
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Pictures of the take-off
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The meal was served just a few hours after take-off . My meal was a vegetarian meal and tasted ok. It could have been better and it could have been worse.
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Somewhere over Canada
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Hours before landing

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We landed softly while most of the flight was half asleep.

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I was completely jet lagged to the point that i forgot take any pictures.
It was only at the baggage claim that i realised that i forget to take pictures.
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Thank you everyone for reading this trip-report and i appologise for the lack of photos in this trip-report. Check out other trip-report i made . I have reports on Thai AIrways, Air India, ANA, Korean Air, Chine Eastern, SriLankan Airlines and Air China.
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Verdict

China Eastern

8.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment8.0
Meal/catering7.0

Shanghai - PVG

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

New York - JFK

7.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

China Eastern is an airline that needs many improvements. It is certainly not the worst airline. It has amazing products on its widebodies but needs a lot of work done in the domestic flights. You can also fly the Shanghai-New York sector with United Airlines. Compared to United , China Eastern is much better and I definitely recommend china eastern.

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1 Comments

  • Comment 471678 by
    KL651 TEAM 4182 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    I changed your cover picture as it must represent the flight and you were not flying J.
    Nice looking cabin.
    How were the meal? too bad we don't have a picture of the second offering before landing.

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