Route: Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Departure date and time of flight: 08:30am in July 2012
Flight Number: MU5306
Flight duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Class: Economy Class
Aircraft type: Airbus A321
Punctuality of the flight:
The flight departed around 55 minutes late due to strong winds and rain in the Guangdong region. As we sat in the plane, one could feel the A321 swaying gently side to side because of the wind.
The flight route provided some fabulous views across to the horizon once we had departed. The skies over Shanghai provided splendid views when coming into land at Hongqiao.
Once we landed on the ground in Shanghai, the visibility was very clear. From the terminal building you could get a clear view of Pudong (IFC and the Jinmao Tower) with the naked eye. Photos are shown below.
Any baggage issues:
No issues- I only had hand luggage.
Comments on the check- in staff and any issues:
No check in issues. Everything went perfectly smoothly at Guangzhou airport despite the bad weather. There was no rush and everyone was very professional in what they did.
Comments regarding the pre-meal service:
Just drinks (non-alcoholic), and including tea and coffee.
Comments regarding the first meal:
For this two-hour flight, a choice of Chinese or Western breakfast was offered in the Economy Class cabin. I opted for the Western breakfast.
A tray containing hot dishes including:
1. A warm omelette, two cherry tomatoes, a soggy piece of lettuce, and sautéed potatoes.
2. A warm cake containing almonds and vanilla.
3. A bread bun
The above dishes were accompanied with tea or coffee.
Comments regarding the drinks service:
A second round of drinks were offered before (orange juice and water), during, and after the meal. No alcohol, but plenty of milk, coffee and tea. There was also apple juice as well.
Comments regarding the in-flight snacks (if any):
Comments regarding the second meal (if any):
Comments of professionalism of the cabin crew:
The cabin crew seemed proud to work for China Eastern Airlines, and were very welcoming.
Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
The brand new A321 aircraft belonging to China Eastern Airlines had a seat configuration of 2-2 in First Class, and a configuration of 3-3 in Economy Class. The plane was very clean, felt fresh, and the toilets showed signs of a new plane out of the factory.
Economy Class seats have a pitch of 32 inches, and a width of 18 inches (139 seats)
First Class seats have a pitch of 38 inches, and a width of 21 inches (20 seats).
Overall rating 1-10 (worst-best): 10
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