SHANGHAI AIRLINES (Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, FM9309) BOEING 757-200- FIRST CLASS
Route: Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
Departure date and time of flight: 08:30am in July 2012
Flight Number: FM9309
Flight duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Class: First Class
Aircraft type: Boeing 757-200
Punctuality of the flight:
The flight departed around 20 minutes late due to the morning rush hour in Shanghai. We were behind a whole host of big jets such as an Air China 747, China Southern 777s, and even Hainan Airlines A330s. Rush hour at Hongqiao can be hectic.
The flight route provided some fabulous views across to the horizon, and even had splendid views when coming into land at Guangzhou.
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 Hongqiao airport.
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 First Class cabin. I opted for the Western breakfast.
A tray containing hot dishes including:
1. Oats porridge blended with corn cereal
2. A warm omelette, boiled carrots, a soggy piece of broccoli, sautéed potatoes and a small slice of bacon.
3. A warm croissant from the bread basket.
4. A pot of yogurt
5. A pot of freshly cut exotic fruit (dragon fruit, melon and water melon)
6. Anchor butter and strawberry jam
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 Shanghai Airlines and were very welcoming. The passengers in First Class were kept well informed of any delays, and even the weather situation in Shanghai.
Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
The ageing Boeing 757 aircraft belonging to Shanghai Airlines had a seat configuration of 2-2 in First Class, and a configuration of 3-3 in Economy Class. The plane was not clean and the toilets showed signs of an aged plane- quite easily in fact as it had the old 1980s style toilet as opposed to the new toilet that most modern aircraft have.
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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