Seat 50A, a window seat on the left side so I don't get sunburn…
china southern a320 economy class
Great leg room even after my macbook air had infiltrated the seatback pocket.
Great recline as well. Seat is comfy and well padded.
Safety video already? Surprised to see that there is no release delay for us flying over the Beijing area.
Speaking of the devil… Pilot told us that we will have a delay for an infinite amount of time…Typical when flying in China. FA started passing around drinks.
40 minutes later we're off to taxi.
Scoot 788 going to Singapore. 8 hour flight on a 3-3-3 config 787 with a LCC? No thank you.
CZ Maintenance Hangar, where the planes (60 A319s) get ready to be sold off to United. It's interesting to see how Americans think that Chinese people all work in factories making $10 a day while they're getting some 15 year old used airbus to fly in the states for another 15 years…
A321 NEO (No Engine Option). This plane has been a landmark since its ferry flight from Tianjin…
With no hold whatsoever, we're finally off to Xi'an 41 minutes past our STD
Gotta love the fabric
I booked the seafood meal 7 days before departure via the China Southern app. And yes free meal reservation even for economy pax on 3 hour domestic flight.
Breakfast: Mahi mahi on marinara sauce with assorted vegetables with rice
A pre packed roll was provided just in case anyone needed extra calories. The desert (tiramisu) was excellent. The appetizer (shrimp cucumber salad) was refreshing. 10/10 for catering Nutritious and filling breakfast all for free!
There was no entertainment on board except for a Chinese film playing overhead with no captions… Quite common on Chinese carriers
Flew through some turbulence during our descent. A passenger got sick and was in a ready to throw up position with the air sickness bag. I'm used to turbulence now after flying in a cessna 172…
On final to XIY (Xi'an Xianyang)
After a quick 3 hours and 9 minutes we arrived at Xi'an, once capital of China during the Qin dynasty.
Terracotta warriors - see tourism bonus section
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Terracotta warriors. Make sure to get there before 9 am! Otherwise, you would be stuck in a tent with no AC under 50 degree celsius heat with a billion sweaty strangers…
Stayed at W Hotel Xi'an. Rate was about $200 per night though cheaper if booked early. Service and room were great although the location is slightly inconvenient. Uber to nearest subway station only costs $1.5 one way…
Harbin - HRB
Xi'an - XIY
Another lovely flight onboard China Southern... No complaints whatsoever except for the lack of IFE, but again the lack of entertainment is the norm flying domestically in China. Since CZ is in the process of installing BYOD IFE on new A321s, I will not score it against CZ. This flight once again confirmed my assertion that China Southern is THE best airline flying domestic in China. I mean, where else would you get a free reserved 3 course mahi mahi meal on a 3 hour domestic flight in economy?
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