Review of Air China flight Bangkok Beijing in Economy

Airline Air China
Flight CA980
Class Economy
Seat 34L
Aircraft Airbus A321neo
Flight time 04:00
Take-off 01 Jun 19, 01:00
Arrival at 01 Jun 19, 06:00
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CaptainElie
Published on 18th September 2019

Hi Readers! Welcome on this 4 hour trip from Bangkok to Beijing airport on Air China's A321neo.

This time I opted to sit in the back, and listen to the engine sounds of the A321neo from behind, what a quiet aircraft! Aviation has seriously been revolutionised in such short time! 

 Here I am proceeding from the parking towards the main terminal in BKK, I came in a bit early, and check in counters didn't open until 2 hours prior the flight. Star Alliance priority was respected during check-in, but there was already a big queue with PAX. 


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Had a last Pad-Thai before going in, with a friend of mine from Thailand, Thai food is really the best! 


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As I smoothly cleared security and immigration, I was already in the departure lounge, walking towards Miracle First Class Lounge, as I have complementary access from my Platinum Master Card. The lounge was fine, quiet and lovely, although the furniture was slightly outdated. 


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View from the miracle lounge


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After such, my flight was closing, therefore had to rush, gate was close to my lounge, no problem at all. 


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Taxi time was long, we departed without holding though. 
Aerial shot of BKK by night 


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Look at those pretty clouds! 


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As soon as we reached cruise, food was distributed. Opted for the chicken this time, it wasn't bad, not perfect though, also had the same Mushroom issue as my previous flights, I asked if there was any, answer was no, to my surprise, I almost ate one haha! 


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I slept a bit during the flight, then came in the descent.  


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Final approach


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Landed on time, and then had 10 hours connecting time to London (CA A350), I decided to go out and visit Beijing for a bit. Was worth it, since I stepped two countries in one trip! I could then quote the famous saying, had breakfast in Thailand, Lunch in China, and Dinner in London! 

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Verdict

Air China

6.9/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi3.0
Meal/catering9.5

Miracle Lounge

8.2/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering7.5
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services7.5

Bangkok - BKK

9.1/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Beijing - PEK

7.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness4.5

Conclusion

Flight was smooth, seats were kinda comfy but no IFE, you could recharge your phone with USB ports which was good!
Cabin crew friendly and following security procedures, but maybe English should be slight reinforced.
BKK was smooth and PEK was okay, but I had a LONG queue to get a short term visa and visit the country. Returned back after and slept for two hours in the transit lounge, which wasn't clean but I was dead exhausted.

Information on the route Bangkok (BKK) Beijing (PEK)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 4 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Bangkok (BKK) → Beijing (PEK).


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The airline with the best average rating is Thai Airways with 8.2/10.

The average flight time is 4 hours and 15 minutes.

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