All great trips must come to an end. After 2 weeks of chilling (literally in 22*C weather), it's time to head back home to be grilled in the desert.
Why Shenzhen? Why would I fly a total of 18 hours when connecting through Beijing is much faster?
Shenzhen Airlines is owned by Air China. Whenever an international ticket with a domestic leg operated by Shenzhen Airlines is bought, the ticket will have a "Y" fare code (100% accumulation rate as full priced economy). Since Shenzhen is a star alliance carrier, I was able to earn 1732 miles on a 4 hour domestic flight with 1732PQM on UA MileagePlus.
I called Shenzhen Airlines a week before departure to select seat, and the agent told me that since I have a full fare Y code economy ticket, I was able to sit in Premium Economy.
Security was so quick that I didn't get a chance to snap a shot before a guy yelled "next" at me.
I'm going to miss this aesthetically pleasing airport… LAX is "nice" but also has a boring interior…
Tibet Airlines, also owned by Air China.
Here is my ride B-1993, a 5 year old 737-800NG with sky interior.
Here's something you don't see in the United States, Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B.
With no delay, boarding began shortly after the previous flight unloaded.
LAX also needs some glass jet bridges. Not everyone wants to see 100 posters of HSBC on plain white wall reminding them of home mortgage credit card debt and etc. at 5AM in the morning before an exhausting travel day.
Welcome Aboard! The rug sure was a nice touch.
First class seats somehow reminded me of Virgin America with their ridiculously angle after recline and legroom. Rip Virgin America you will always be a virgin in my heart!
Seat 6F. The 35-36 inches of legroom was unneeded for my short 5'5" frame but strongly appreciated.
These seats were really tall for some reason…
A curtain separates Premium Economy with Economy. Note that 7A has a misaligned window.
737MAX8…I hope they replace the cards soom because not every passenger can differentiate between a NG and a MAX.
Wing view Wednesday.
Bumby climb today
Premium Economy passengers received a bottle of water shortly after take-off. I wonder if non French speakers know what the brand "C'est bon" means? Flight cancelled? C'est bon. Have some water.
Few clouds at 32,100 feet.
Lunch service (same as economy)
Don't know exactly what this is, but it has pork, bell pepper, and rice.
No entertainment except for Chinese CAAC news paper…
Staring out the window is a decent option, contemplating on how on earth am I going to get 10 days worth of summer assignment done in 2 days.
Bathroom was clean and stock with the basics.
Cabin shot. Love that sky interior.
If I somehow can make a 24 hour day into a 120 hour one, I'll have my homework done in no time!
After 4 hours of procrastinating, we started our descent into Shenzhen, border city with Hong Kong. *cough cough foreshadow*
Circled for a decent amount of time over Shenzhen due to many diversions from Hong Kong International Airport, which was closed down for a day due to heavy protest in departure hall.
Turning final for runway 16.
Parked next to company A320.
It was a boring 4 hour flight without any entertainment in Premium Economy... The product was almost identical to economy with 4-5 inches more legroom and a bottle of comforting water. Shenzhen Airlines doesn't distinguish Economy and Premium Economy, unlike China Southern. If Shenzhen wants to market "Premium Economy" rather than "Economy Comfort", they better start making it one.