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My apologies for the delayed review again. I flew Air China business class, from Tokyo to Hong Kong via Beijing in Dec 2017. This report covers the second leg from Beijing to Hong Kong. I had 1.5 hour for my transfer which I thought would be safe for myself and my luggage, but it was not the case.
I've got my boarding pass of this flight at Haneda already. Air China is a Star Alliance member but I was surprised that their ground handling agent was JAL but not ANA. The boarding pass and luggage tag were also printed on JAL paper.
Obviously Beijing Capital Airport was not designed as a transfer hub. Connecting passengers have to walk through a very narrow and dark passage with just a few counters. After my boarding pass got stamped, walked downstairs (very narrow again) and queued for a chaotic security check. Many transferring passengers were squeezed in a cramped space with just two security counters. Staff keep shouting flight numbers to let passengers with tight connection time go first. I would say the whole process was disastrous. After getting myself thru the security check, my flight was already making the final boarding call. Need not to mention no time for checking out the Air China Business Class Lounge.
CA109 Beijing to Hong Kong
Air China A330-300 (Reg: B-8577)
Air China's A330-300 business class comes with flat-bed seats in 2-2-2 configuration. So passengers sitting on the window sides don't have aisle access if you got a fellow passenger. I masked the feet of my fellow passenger in order not to affect your appetite.
Had a glass of orange juice for my pre-departure drink
The menu and wine list of this flight. The menu will be taken away after taking your order (Probably they'll reuse it). A bit odd comparing to airlines like Cathay or ANA. But it's good in term of environmental friendly.
Taking off from Beijing Capital Intl Airport, misty as usual
Soon the meal services were started. I had a glass of Greatwall Dry Red Wine produced in Hebei Province of China. I don't usually drink red wine so I can't give any comment.
For the main dish, I chose the Chinese option - Gongbao Chicken. A bit greasy but taste good. The appetizer Five Spicy Smoked Pomfret was a bit weird, I just left it behind.
Desserts: Cake and sliced fruit.
After meal services, lighting was dimmed for a while before landing
Flying over Zhuhai and Macau. All flights from Guangzhou FIR must fly via this point to enter Hong Kong airspace.
Landed HKG at about 4:40pm
At the luggage claim, I kept my eyes on the carousel but I couldn't find my suitcase. I headed to the luggage lost & damage counter to figure out what happened. The gentleman at the counter key in my luggage tag number and told me "Your luggage is now on the next flight CA115 and expected to arrive after 2~3 hours." We all love flying F, but this time another word starting with F came up in my mind. Luckily my family is living in Hong Kong so the situation was not that bad. The gentleman told me to go home first, my suitcase will be sent to my home using express courier once arrived Hong Kong. Finally my suitcase arrived at about 1am midnight!
A Property Irregularity Report was given to me.
It was the first time I see a luggage tag in red mark, and a RUSH sign.
Avoid transferring in Beijing unless you have plenty of connecting time (say >3hrs), or you fully understand the possibility of missing flight (both yourself and your luggage). I can't deny the prices of Air China are really attractive, most of the time you could fly on their business class with just a bit more than the prices of economy class of premium airlines such as Cathay or ANA. But, it DOES come with a cost.
For the flight itself, I have no complaint as you get what you expected on Air China.