Bonjour~ This is my first TR in FR. After spending some time exploring the forum, I found that there weren't many views from Chinese or reports about Chinese airlines(mostly with bad reputation…). Therefore I decided to bring some opinions in my perspective. Today I'm taking a rather short flight from my base airport, Guangzhou, to Wuhan, my father's hometown.
To get to CAN I took the airport express. It is actually a long-distance coach service, unlike many other airports.
The legroom is surprisingly good, comparable with many Economy Comfort seats.
Free Wi-fi is available onboard, a rarity in China. Sadly it didn't work all way long.T_T
Finally got there! Though flying in economy, you still can enjoy priority check-in and lounge service with something like Priority Pass. Dragonpass, my choice today, is a more popular product in China with more coverage than other competitors.
With the premium service, I can relax at the dedicated waiting area where an agent handled everything else for me, like printing BP and checking luggage.
A news and magazine stand is also set.
Taking the cart to the security. That costs 30RMB if you pay separately……Ugh.
There is no dedicated line for card holders but for airport express passengers. There are two different sections in CAN. Section A, in the east side, is for international flights and all other domestic flights. Section B, in the west side, handles all flights for Skyteam members and their subsidiaries.
After security another cart would take me to the entrance of the lounge. It's actually China Eastern Airlines lounge, but it wasn't in the database. Hope it can be added in time~ The entrance of the lounge, in new logo. Recently MU had introduced an all-new livery and brand logo. Well, I don't like the livery but feeling OK with the new logo. There are two separate lounges for First/Business pax and other paid pax, including PP and Dragonpass users, located in the right side.
It's a rather small lounge. Fortunately there were plenty of seats at the time I arrive. The decoration is also quite elegant in a traditional Chinese style.
Hot lunch is available from 1100 to 1300. Luckily I grabbed some food before the time. Not many options available but enough for a simple meal. Here's everything they offer:
After all it's a domestic lounge for card holders. At least it's much better than the lounges by American airlines that don't offer anything fresh.
Some junk food for a la carte. There's also a fridge filled with soft drinks and beers, the only alcoholic beverage here.
Something bad…..Don't wanna comment on this.
My seat and the flight information.
Front desk of the lounge.
Had a cup of espresso. Honestly, not good.
The connecting speed was OK, I watched some online videos on Chinese website and it worked well.
An agent came to inform passengers that their flights had started boarding, yet a little annoying as she talked to pax quite loudly. With that I made my way to the gate, B225.
My ride today, B-5589, a 2.5-year-old B738.
Another B738 next to us.
Shot from the jetbridge.
My seat today, 34A.
Legroom shot. I found pretty acceptable with 31' pitch+17' width, probably because I'm not really a tall guy, only 176cm. The cup holder wasn't in the back of the tray table.
Safety instructions. Sorry for the sun shade.
The headlines today. Chinese Perspective.
The safety demo, in cartoon style, was updated with new logo. Despite being a rather new aircraft, this one didn't have latest mood lightning or bigger bins.
Nothing spectacular in the lavatory.
Nor for the meal. That's everything I had due to the flight duration and timing. The bread and cake were rock hard and tasteless. Well, better than nothing!
The in-flight magazine. I did't spend much time on it, as a movie was airing on screen. However no earphones were handed out. Still sounds reasonable for a 80 minutes flight.
Moments before touchdown, slightly delayed. Wuhan, known as the city of river, owns hundreds of lakes, including this one.
I didn't expect an array of 747s in the cargo ramp.
It's my first visit to the new terminal of WUH, completed in 2008. In fact the most convenient way travelling btwn Guangdong and Wuhan is the high speed train called CRH harmonious, yet it's extremely difficult to get a ticket during the Golden Week, the National Day holiday.
Some other aircrafts in WUH.
It took around 15 minutes to find my luggage.
A classic joke if you can read Chinese. Have a guess~
And that's it! Thanks reading! Comments are welcome!
China Eastern Lounge
Guangzhou - CAN
Wuhan - WUH
China Eastern did an OK job in such a short flight: OK hardware, OK entertainment, and OK service, yet that's everything, nothing too spectacular. The same thing applied to their lounge: nothing exceptional nor too bad. But still way better than outside! CAN, showing its age, still created a good atmosphere for travelling. The cons are also quite obvious: long walk and lack of entertainment, if you don't want to pay RMB in those overpriced shops and restaurants(except Starbucks and Subway). It's my first visit to WUH, everything was fine until I stepped out the terminal and was welcomed by stink from a nearby farm......The first impression is really bad.
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