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Review of Air China flight Nanning Beijing in Economy

Airline Air China
Flight CA1486
Class Economy
Seat 35A
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 03:02
Take-off 27 Jun 18, 17:01
Arrival at 27 Jun 18, 20:03
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bgboiflyer
Published on 15th July 2018
Hello, welcome to my First Post here on Flight-Report, I'm usually found on airliners.net with the same alias.

We start another wild adventure from the beautiful and green Nanning, Guangxi, China and slowly work our way back to Boise, Idaho in the US. This flight is my first A321 flight so definitely exciting and oh boy, what a wonderful time in Beijing we will have!

Wednesday June 27th, 2018
CA1486
NNG-PEK
Type: Airbus A321-200
Registration: B-6383
Departure: 16:05 (17:01)
Arrival: 19:25 (20:03)
Duration: 03:20 (03:02)

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Palm trees near our temporary residence

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Last little raw fried noodles

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Driving to the Airport

We left at about 13:00 and quickly made it through to the airport, which is about an hour away from near the city center.

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Our flight on the FID

Afterwards we checked-in through the very generic check-in area for non-CZ, MU, and GX flights and received our generic boarding passes even through our first connection, which ultimately we never used (yes! we get actual CA boarding passes)

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Airside

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Interesting carriers at NNG

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Gate 43, in the more remote section of NNG where our plane was

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West section of NNG

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Heavy rainstorm which caused some issues on the ground and delays (galore!)

Eventually boarding began at around 15:50, pretty close to departure time

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GX E190 (This is GX's main hub)

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The A321 today: B-6383

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Seatback pockets and the generic BP

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That GX E190 now with its registration showing

Then the series of unfortunate events occurred which was the APU not working, which lead to the cabin rising to a pretty hot 31 Celsius or 88 Fahrenheit for fellow Americans like me.
The engines also had to be manually started too which took around 20 minutes

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Free water

The awesome crew interacted well and informed passengers all the prior statements and even poured drinks for the passengers.
Eventually around 16:45 we pushed back with both engines running and chugging.

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Never knew Chinese Registrations could have letters after the Bravo Dash (JD A321)

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Take off was at 17:01 almost an hour behind schedule

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Crew preparing for service

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OJ, one of the things I didn't like was the lack of drink varieties

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After the drink service they commenced a hot meal service with a choice of Braised Chicken Meatballs or Fish with Rice

I chose the chicken since I am afraid of the fish having bones as the custom here is to cook fish bone-in


Better look at that IFE

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Green tea

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In flight magazine (Nice shot Zabivaka!)

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Route map


Polluted Beijing

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Sunset

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Landing at a remote part of PEK

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Hainan remote stand

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Mahan Air A343

Unfortunately we were directed to runway 36L, which was really far from T3 where CA resides and took another 20 minutes

By the time we reached our gate, D06, it was too late to connect to the next flight to LAX at T3-E, and we needed to be rebooked, on a special plane, the Boeing 747-8i

Anyway we had to be accommodated for the night and of course, we had to be home late 20 hours :/
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Verdict

Air China

9.8/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
In-flight Entertainment9.0
Meal/catering10.0

Nanning - NNG

9.0/10
Efficiency8.5
Access10.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness10.0

Beijing - PEK

7.9/10
Efficiency5.0
Access8.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

It was awesome to fly the A321 for the first time, and the crew were amazing. The only issue is the unfortunate events of the APU not working and happening to be assigned to 36L and sitting in the back of the plane. The CA crew did a good job giving us some compensation but nonetheless caused a 20 hour delay.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 454381 by
    OH-LWE 32 Comments

    Great report by the way!

    The reason why Chinese registrations now include letters is because they've been running out of registration numbers since the original combination allowed for 9999 aircraft registered in China. (Had they switched with Taiwan, it would have been easier because that combinations allows for 99999 different registrations) For example, China Eastern's first A320neo was registered B-1076, but their most recent one was registered B-301Z. Historically this combination has only been used as test registrations for aircraft built in China before customer delivery.

  • Comment 454396 by
    bgboiflyer AUTHOR 30 Comments

    I see, thanks for clarifying. I see that the aviation business in China has grown quite so much that well they will soon reach over 10000 aircraft, which means well they are gonna need to add letters too, then they can accommodate 1679616 aircraft!

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