Review: Air China B737-8, Shanghai – Beijing, China
There’s nothing like straight forward service and Air China was no exception. On our flights with them, we got used to a “no nonsense” experience with the just the essentials made available to travellers.
This post is one chapter in our Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand and Spain. This trip was booked using Air Canada Aeroplan miles. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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Read more from this trip:
- Trip Introduction: Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand and Spain
- Air Canada Executive Class, Vancouver – Los Angeles
- Star Alliance Lounge, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles
- Asiana Airlines First Class: Los Angeles – Seoul Incheon
- Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge, Seoul Incheon
- Asiana Airlines Business Class, Seoul Incheon – Shanghai Pu Dong
- Renaissance Shanghai Yu Gardens, Shanghai, China
- Shanghai, China
- Air China Domestic Business Lounge, Shanghai, China
- Air China, Shanghai – Beijing
- Swisshotel China Hong Kong Macau Center, Beijing, China
- Beijing, China
- Visiting the Great Wall of China at Miytanyu
- Air China Business Lounge, Beijing Capital Airport
- Air China, Beijing – Shanghai
- Riding the Shanghai Maglev at 430 km/h
- Shanghai Airlines Business Lounge, Shanghai, China
- Thai Airways Royal Silk, Shanghai – Bangkok
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Domestic Lounge, Bangkok
- Thai Airways, Bangkok – Phuket
- Le Meridien Khao Lak, Thailand
- Ko Phi Phi Don Islands, Thailand
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Domestic Lounge, Phuket
- Thai Airways, Phuket – Bangkok
- Le Meridien Bangkok
- Thirty Six Hours in Bangkok, Thailand
- Thai Airways Royal First Lounge, Bangkok
- Thai Airways Royal First Class, Bangkok – Madrid
- AC Hotel Carlton, Madrid
- Three Days in Madrid, Spain
- Day Tripping to Salamanca, Spain
- Renfe AVE Preferente Business, Madrid – Barcelona
- AC Hotel Barcelona Sants, Barcelona
- Exploring Barrio La Rambla in Barcelona
- Getting into Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
- Renfe AVE Preferente Business, Barcelona – Madrid
- Puerta del Alcala VIP Lounge, Madrid, Spain
- Lufthansa Business Class, Madrid – Frankfurt
- Novotel Mainz, Germany
- Walking through Mainz, Germany
- Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt, Germany
- Lufthansa First Class, Frankfurt – Seattle
- Air Canada, Seattle – Vancouver
Review: Air China, Boeing 737-800, Shanghai – Beijing
We headed down to board at the time listed on the boarding card and discovered that most, or all of the plane, had been boarded a head of us. We also quickly discovered that we had been down gauged from a Boeing 777-300 that we had booked, to a small Boeing 737-800 in the standard 3-3 configuration. Oh blah.
PVG-PEK (Shanghai Pudong International – Beijing Capital International)
CA 985 – Economy Class (Y)
11:30 AM – 01:45 PM
May 9, 2012
Booked: Boeing 777-200/300
Flown: Boeing 737-800
I know that taking photos of law enforcement and military are usually large no no’s overseas, but I couldn’t help but sneak a shot of this outfit. He was checking passports / ID cards prior to getting on the plane.
The economy seat was pretty standard and set in a comfortable purple tone.
It was a smoggy departure out of Shanghai this morning. This was like many of our other Chinese adventures; the skyline is grey and not like the crisp greens we see at home in most parts of North America.
Food and Beverage:
We had a Chinese meal of noodles, carrots and yoghurt to accompany the 90 minute flight. There was no western option.
We landed at the massive Beijing Capital Airport – the second largest airport terminal in the world behind Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson and the busiest airport in Asia.
Air China domestic is a pretty straightforward way of getting around China. While the flight itself isn’t super luxurious, it is a reasonable alternative to taking the train. The service is pretty transactional and you’ll end up at your destination without much issue.