After a week of work in Wuxi, it was time to go home. Wuxi at this time is incredibly warm and I wouldn't recommend any one visit during these months.
Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) B737-800
ATD: 12:46PM (4 minutes early)
ATA: 03:57PM (on time)
I arrived by taxi and several guards checked me for bombs materials. I was also asked to take a drink of my water to make sure it was safe. Sunan Shuofang's International Terminal was a small terminal which took about less than half of the whole airport.
Since I arrived early, I decided to visit the domestic terminal for a look. The VIP lounge is located between the two terminals.
The domestic terminal is much larger than the international terminal. I guess it's because of the volume of domestic travel, especially during the festive period.
After my visit, I went back to check-in my luggage and collect my boarding pass. I was only issued the boarding pass for this flight and would have to get my boarding pass for the second leg in Hong Kong. My bag, however, was checked-in all the way to Singapore.
I wanted to go airside early but I was informed by the customs guard that I would only be allowed entry an hour before. So I sat at the small waiting area and shot an obligatory boarding pass shot.
Finally at 11:10, I was allowed to cross customs and immigration to head airside. It's a small airport with two duty-free shops and a noodle shop.
The flight was originally supposed to depart from Gate 5, however, the plane was parked at Gate 7. So an announcement was made and the flight was now departing from Gate 7.
The MU flight before us was heading to Macau.
Soon, boarding began and a queue formed.
This time, I boarded via aerobridge. I managed to catch a nice shot of the plane in Wuxi.
ZH's 737-800 economy cabin is arranged in a 3-3 configuration.
I arrived at my seat which was arranged by the check-in agent and he was kind enough to put me in the exit row seat. First, a picture of my seat.
And next is the legroom for me on this flight. Reaching those reading materials and table was going to be a stretch.
Luckily, I have a folding table in my armrest.
We are parked next to a Sichuan Airlines. Look at how those winglets line up so perfectly.
At push-back, the screens dropped down to screen the safety video.
Soon, we took off from Wuxi and into the bright, sunny sky. Hopefully, I will get to visit this city in autumn or winter and as a tourist.
Next, let's take a look at the seatback material. I managed to grab these once the plane leveled off. I will no longer be using the gallery feature of FR because it doesn't show the full photos.First, we have the emergency row information card.
Shenzhen Airlines magazine.
Lunch was served 30 minutes after take-off. The main course was rice and several local dishes while the box contained a banana, some pickles, a vanilla muffin, a wet wipe and utensils. A flight attendant went out handing a dollop of chili sauce for those who wanted it.
After lunch, I decided to visit the lavatory. Same as the incoming flight, the floor was wet and the general cleanliness left much to be desired.
I spent the rest of the flight resting till descent was announced by the captain. However, the descent took much longer than expected and only after 30 minutes, the captain announced that we had been circling around Hong Kong airspace due to the typhoon.
Finally, we landed in Hong Kong. The strong winds of the T8 typhoon made this landing very rough.
During taxiing, I spotted several planes.
We are soon parked at the apron and the stairs were moved to the door.
The skies don't looks so friendly here in Hong Kong now.
We board the bus to the terminal.
And finally entering HKIA and escaping the wind and rain.
An average flight made slightly better by the kind actions of the check-in agent and giving me a seat with enormous leg room. Meal was better than expected but cabin was too warm, like all Chinese carriers.