Air China PEK-PVG-SYD Int’l Transfer Issues and Air China Business PVG-SYD

Air China PEK-PVG-SYD Int’l Transfer Issues and Air China Business PVG-SYD

So here was where it got interesting. I booked it a bit late, so the only availability was PEK-PVG-SYD flight left. The PEK-PVG flight was considered domestic so I could not check in online nor would I be able to be able to transfer to the flight without going through immigration. Luckily I could get a 24 hour transit visa and cleared immigration and customs.


Once I did, I went to the business class checkout.

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I was a bit nervous as it took about 10 minutes to check me into that flight to SYD. Somehow they were getting confused about my flight from FRA-KIX as being my next flight. It eventually got resolved with three different check-in agents. I also found out that my Air NZ flight SYD-AKL was also listed in the list of flights so at least I’ll be protected in case of any serious delay as my layover was four hours. I had booked SYD-AKL as a revenue flight and surprised it got linked.

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I’m surprised they left the drinks out as someone could sneak in through the back of the check-in area and steal all those drinks.

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As noted before, I would have one short domestic segment so the lines through security was really long even for a Thursday afternoon flight.

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After security, the Air China lounge is just beyond security above the shops. Here is my review of the Air China Business Class Lounge at PEK (domestic terminal).

When I got to my gate, I saw that I needed to take the escalator downstairs, which means it would be in a remote gate. That was a bit weird but seeing how many passengers were getting on, it makes sense. There was only about 50 of us getting on so probably cheaper to just bus us over.

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The seats were ok. As you can see, it is sort of lie flat. The top torso part of the seat is at a slight angle with the leg part and footrest being completely flat. It is easier to sleep in than the true angled lie flat.

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We got a quick noodle dish as a snack between PEK and PVG. It was barely edible. I can’t stand the local Shanghai cuisine.

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There was complimentary noise canceling headphones. Its no Bose but decent.

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So we had to clear immigration before getting back on the plane. There was a few people to lead us to a dedicated immigration counter so we could go directly back into security and then back on the plane.

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The amenity kits were handed out during this part of the flight. I got back into the same seat.

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I had some champagne before takeoff. It was decent.



The IFE was bright and the screen had good resolution.



Below are some pictures of the menu.


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I got the Chinese Menu. I wanted to try the Chinese food they offer as I can get western food whenever. Yea bad choice. Should have went for the western as anything has to be better than what I had. I don’t think I ever had a worst meal on a flight even in coach. I would’ve taken cup noodles (served to be on Air Canada) over this.

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The fruit was good. That was about it. Everything else wasn’t good.

The following morning, there were a few tiny pieces of dim sum with porridge. Really, porridge in business class? Had no flavor at all. You might as well give me porridge in a can.

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The saving grace for this flight was surprisingly the seat. It was not bad at all and a bit better than the angled lie flat seats common in business class. I managed to get about six hours of sleep on this flight as I was just so exhausted from all the flying the previous day.

So to summarize, the food was barely edible but the hard product was decent so I got some sleep. IFE was good as well with a good selection of movies.

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