After 4 pleasant days at Xi'an, it's time for me to fly back to Manchuria and of course on China Southern.
Security check and bag inspection were implemented even before entering the check-in area.
Departure board. Terminal 3 at XIY is mostly used by SkyTeam carriers most notably China Eastern.
Since I had already checked in online, all I had to do was to drop off my checked luggage.
Security check took about 15 minutes. The agents were a lot more friendly than American TSA and CBP.
Brand new A320neo. Note that the registration is B-305C with a letter instead of all numbers. CAAC started issuing registration with letters in 2016.
Follow the sign for first class lounge if you have PP.
Main sitting area.
Food selection. It wasn't that bad, but I would strongly advise against paying to access the lounge.
Decent place to relax before a domestic flight, food was average at best. Overall rating 8.3/10.
Here she is. B-8991, a 1.9 year old A320 at the time of the flight.
Automated boarding process with 2 gate agents… What's the point? It would be a lot faster with the good old fashioned way.
Dragon Air A320. Forced to be named loong air (Dragon air in Pinyin) because Cathay Dragon still holds the Dragon air brand.
SkyTeam logo was still on the airplane 8 months after exit…
Premium economy section. Read my blog posts below if you're interested.
After I sat down, I noticed that I was considerably higher than other passengers. Either I grew 6 inches during boarding or there was something wrong with the seat. The seat cushion deviated from the base, resulting in a situation like sitting on a child car seat booster as a 5'5" 16 year old…FA offered to move me but I refused in order to sit with my family.
USB port at every seat
Safety video playing on overhead.
Pushed back next to China Southern's buddy Sichuan.
Xi'an has two parallel runways with one strictly for departure and the other one for arrivals.
Beautiful take-off and peaceful cabin…
And shortly after we reached cruise at 33,100 feet.
Meal service on a 2.5 hour domestic flight from China to Manchuria.
I've definitely seen more filling meals on CZ, but this one was still great.
Kid's meal. Reserved it for free for my cousin.
Some TS en route to Harbin.
Landed after 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Disembarking. Somehow these seats reminded me of United's economy seats on 737s.
See ya mate thanks for the ride!
Sichuan Airlines A320 review.
A321NEO no engine option
Overall it was another great flight with China Southern. I have flown the same product for countless times and I am impressed at how consistent it is. PP lounge at XIY isn't worth it if you are paying for access. If China Southern can implement entertainment onboard, then it can differentiate itself from the other Chinese airlines and integrate modern technology with continuous development #calculus1