Route: Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport to Beijing Capital Airport
Departure date and time of flight: 07:30 on the May 9, 2015, 2015
Flight Number: MU5131
Flight duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Class: Economy Class
Aircraft type: Airbus A320
Punctuality of the flight:
The flight departed on time and landed on time.
Any baggage issues:
No issues- the bags arrived on time and in one piece.
Comments on the check-in staff and any issues:
This was one of the first flights out of Hangzhou Airport. As opposed to the big airports in China, Hangzhou airport is relatively quieter in the mornings. Because this was an early morning flight, I had to take a taxi from Binjiang District (around a 30-minute drive away in the southern part of Hangzhou), and if you are not connected through an app with the Kwai Didi (mobile app used to call for a taxi), then it is almost impossible to get a taxi in the morning. All the roads around the outskirts of the town are empty…not a whisker in sight (kind of reminded me of my time when I used to live in Suzhou- you could end up waiting for an hour or more for a taxi!). The taxi fare from downtown Hangzhou to the airport is around 120RMB (£12, US$18), any more than that, then you know you’ve been conned!
The journey from downtown Hangzhou to the airport gets the taxi to be dragged along the empty, and sometimes dusty/rocky, roads. Keep the window open and try to breathe the ‘fresh’ air if you can!
Comments regarding the pre-meal service:
Drinks, excluding alcohol, included tea and coffee were served. The beautiful thing about flying with China Eastern is that they are one of the few airline companies in China that offer sugar and milk powder separately.
Comments regarding the first meal:
A delicious helping of pork and congee (hot meal) was served straight after take-off. This was accompanied with a tray containing an orange slice, a simple empty bun and a slice of ham, along with two seeded-olives.
Comments regarding the drinks service:
A second round of drinks were offered after the meal. No alcohol was served, but plenty of milk, coffee and tea. Loved it.
Comments on the in-flight system (if any):
The IFE system was only activated once during this flight- prior to take off (for the safety demonstration). The PVT screens are not placed behind every seat but overhead.
Comments of professionalism of the cabin crew:
The cabin crew were professional and polite. Just a normal flight, without any incidents. The level of English spoken was good, too.
Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
This Airbus A321 aircraft for China Eastern has a seat configuration of 3-3 with an all economy seat set up. The plane was very clean and had the latest IFE system installed. The staff were professional and could speak some adequate amounts of English.
Overall rating 1-10 (worst-best):10
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