Review of Air China flight Beijing Harbin in Economy

Airline Air China
Flight CA1643
Class Economy
Seat 50A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 01:28
Take-off 03 Jul 18, 08:50
Arrival at 03 Jul 18, 10:18
CA 184 reviews
By 1520
Published on 6th December 2018

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I made my connection from my Singapore flight! 
Walking to my departure gate.  

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After walking nearly half a mile and burning countless calories I'm finally at the gate. PEK terminal 3 is HUGE.

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B-5912, a four years old Airbus A330-300E that will fly me to Harbin today.
Glad to fly an A330 for this short 90 minutes domestic flight. 

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The jet bridges at PEK terminal 3 are so spacious.

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Good thing that I don't have to board at the remote apron. It's raining out there.

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In my opinion, these giant wings look great

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First time flying AIrbus A330-300E!!! I assume that the "E" stands for enhanced?

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In seat
The PTV is useless unless you like watching mandatory communism propaganda. The in-flight entertainment was not activated for this 90 mins short haul.

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The seatpitch was great at 32'' to 33''. Surprised to see pillows on a 90 mins short haul.  

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Taxiing to Runway 36R for departure.

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Takeoff roll. Can't believe that we took off only 5 minutes behind schedule at Beijing during morning rush hour…

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PEK is a GIANT airport. The take-off was quite steep, since we're only flying 1 hour and 30 minutes on an Airbus A330-300.

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Into the cloud.

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Between the clouds. 

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Cruising FL310

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Refreshment box.

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Chicken Sandwich
Fruit jelly
Good for a short domestic flight. I wasn't expecting a hot meal service anyway. 

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Short Final

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Farms near HRB

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Landed 20 mins ahead of schedule. Why on earth are we so on time?

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Disembarked. Passed by biz. These lie-flat seats look great for a short haul!

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Air China

Cabin crew7.0

Beijing - PEK


Harbin - HRB



Air China is a solid choice when traveling to and from China. Because all major carriers in China are pretty much identical, the cost and schedule are major factors. My total 16 hour flight composed of 4 segments HRB-PEK-SIN-PEK-HRB cost $303 total. I will for sure fly CA again if they offer competitive pricing.

Information on the route Beijing (PEK) Harbin (HRB)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 4 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Beijing (PEK) → Harbin (HRB).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est China Southern avec 7.6/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 42 minutes.

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  • Comment 479073 by
    KL651 TEAM 4530 Comments
    Thanks for this FR.
    I didn't know CA offered propaganda but it's not really a surprise as they are the flag carrier even if MU and CZ are bigger.
    Decent service and as you say great fares.

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