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China Jap Airways Enterprise Class Xi’An to Shanghai to Singapore Flight Assessment

We fly China Jap Airways Enterprise class, again to Singapore from Xi’An, after an exquisite vacation in Xi’An! 

Our struggle plan was as follows:

MU 5010 – dep Xian 0850, arr Shanghai 1125
MU 565 – dep Shanghai 1435, arr Shanghai 2010

As our flight departed Xian considerably early that morning, we determined to remain on the Regal Airport Lodge for one night time, in order that our departure could possibly be easy and straightforward.   Our flight house could be a lot smoother than our thrilling journey some days earlier on attending to Xian!

Xian Xianyang Airport Terminal 3 had a devoted check-in space for China Jap, which was very close to the safety clearance.  After checking in (our baggage could be checked by to Singapore), clearing safety was fairly fast (there have been precedence strains for Premium Pax) and we rapidly discovered our technique to the China Jap Lounge.  Simply comply with the indicators, not tough.  The doorway to the lounge seemed like this.  I learn on-line that China Jap operated one other lounge on the different finish of the concourse.  However this lounge was very close to our gates, so made much more sense to attend right here, on the V1 lounge.

Busy Lounge
Contained in the lounge, we discovered it fairly busy certainly.  I made a video of the lounge, and you may see the crowds on the eating space.  There was a good collection of meals, and China Jap served their signature beef noodles on this lounge too.   Certainly, the Chinese language love their noodles, little doubt about that.

Good Blue Seats
Listed here are some photographs of the lounge.  Good blue seats.  They seemed conventional, however they have been fairly snug.  You can truly snooze on them (we did for some time) by lounging ahead.  The seats gave good assist to the subsequent! There have been charging factors on the ground, in between the seats, making it handy to cost our gadgets.  After all, I had to make use of my common plug. You may watch my video at 5:54 to see the charging factors.

Slightly Sunny!
At instances, it felt reasonably heat, as a result of the morning solar was pouring in.  Sure, this lounge will get the morning solar.

First Class Ticket?
Was a bit tickled after I noticed my boarding passes (Crimson) which acknowledged First Class.  No, we did not purchase Firstclass tickets, ours was Enterprise class fare.  Nonetheless, evidently inside China, they appear to combine Enterprise and First.  Perhaps the idea is like within the USA, the place they name home enterprise as First Class.  Anyway, it did not matter, so long as we received our seats!

Our flight was delayed by nearly an hour, because of late arrival of plane from Moscow.  Apparently MU5010 is a service from Shanghai to Moscow, through Xi’An.  So the aircraft got here in from Moscow.  Did not trouble us an excessive amount of since we had enough layover time at Shanghai as buffer, and ready within the lounge was snug (we discovered a spot which did not have the morning solar).  We might wait till the boarding bulletins have been made earlier than heading to the gate.

MU 5010 Xi’an to Shanghai
Once more, we needed to take a bus from our gate to the airplane.  Really, a bus airline!  We received up the mini-bus for Premium Pax, and the experience was about 5 minutes to the plane.  I made this video of our flight expertise from Xi’An to Shanghai, on board the China Jap Airbus A330-300 collection plane.

This Airbus was additionally retrofitted with their newest cabin product, which seemed similar to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that we flew on from Singapore to Shanghai.  Some photos of the cabin (in a 1-2-1 configuration) beneath.

Discover the marginally staggered format of the window seats – alternate between true window seat and nearer the aisle seat.

A 1-2-1 formation.  Very spacious, non-public really feel.  General, a really stable arduous product.

The IFE screens have been pretty huge.  Adequate for me to look at a film.

After we flew from Shanghai to Xi’An a couple of days again on a late flight (dep 2130hrs), the catering was extraordinarily underwhelming – 2 tarts and 5 slices of fruit!  So, I used to be curious, this time what would we get for a morning flight?  A slice of bread and a drink maybe?  LOL!

Asian or Western fashion breakfast?
Fortuitously, China Jap did higher than that.  We had a selection of Asian or Western fashion breakfast.  I selected Asian, not realizing what it entailed. However at the very least we have been first rate a good breakfast (native Xi’An fashion), which I fairly loved.  Keep in mind it is a 1hr 50min flight, so my expectations weren’t sky excessive.  Right here is breakfast I loved.  Do watch my video if you need extra particulars of the meals, as I look at the meals tray extra carefully.

The flight path from Xi’An to Shanghai wasn’t straight.  Marvel why.  Perhaps to keep away from climate, or site visitors congestion, or navy airspace.  Effectively, so long as our pilot received us to our vacation spot safely, I am unable to complain.

Climate was vivid and sunny as we approached Shanghai Pudong.  Managed to get a really good view of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport from the air.  There was an plane touchdown on the runway too. Cool!

Arrival into Shanghai Pudong
Touchdown was easy. Recall, once we arrived in Shanghai en-route to Xi’An, we had assumed that our onward flight was on observe. This time spherical, I instantly turned on my flight app which might present me the arrivals/departures on the airport. Sure, our onward flight was on schedule.  After all, do not simply belief the app, examine the departure boards within the airport itself.  It seemed okay.  Phew!

So we made our well beyond safety and immigration, to the departure space for worldwide flights at Shanghai Pudong, and took the escalator as much as the China Jap Lounge.  This was supposedly China Jap’s flagship lounge.  It was reasonably crowded once we received there, because it was lunch hour, however we might nonetheless discover a good desk for the 2 of us on the primary degree.

Meals – I had 2 servings of this Nasi Goreng fashion rice with fish, and I could not resist making an attempt that bun.

The second flooring of the lounge was much more quiet, with many seats and only a few passengers.  Head up right here if you need a fairly place to nap or chill. After all, remember to set your alarm to your boarding time!

One other angle of the second flooring.  Sure, the boarding bulletins have been made, however they weren’t that loud.  You can miss them in case you are not cautious.

Boarding Time
It was time for us to board the plane (we waited until the boarding announcement), and we headed off to our gate.  Our plane was boarding from Gate 212, which was a bus boarding gate.  After we reached the gate, they’d already began normal boarding.  It did not appear to be there was a line for precedence passengers!

Effectively, we simply adopted the opposite enterprise class passengers who went to the entrance of the road, confirmed the workers our tickets, and so they allow us to by.  We headed to the mini-van for premium passengers and loved our ultimate experience on this similar kind of mini-bus.  We’ve had so many bus rides on this journey that I’ve misplaced depend!

The plane that may be flying us to Singapore was a reasonably new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Each passenger, premium or not, had to make use of the identical staircase as much as the airplane.  I took this picture to indicate my dad and mom.  The steps have been steep.  Given their age, I had suggested them to not take China Jap.  Undecided if my mom could make her approach up and down such steps.

One other have a look at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Fairly neat!  We weren’t in any rush to board, so we let the opposite passengers board first.  The climate was nice, and I took many photographs of the aircraft.  See the entrance gear – serial variety of this aircraft was B-209N.  She was delivered to Shanghai Pudong on thirty first March 2019.  Very new!

Flight Assessment – Shanghai to Singapore on the China Jap Dreamliner in Enterprise Class
Right here is the flight evaluate video on this Shanghai to Singapore leg.

The cabin was stunning.  Very stylish.  For this flight, I used to be seated in 8L, which was a window seat. (as in proper subsequent to the window)

The welcome drink was champagne, orange juice, or water. I selected the champagne. This time spherical, the menus have been positioned at our seats. I took a look by, and from the relevant menu for our flight. China Jap has the behavior of printing a single menu that may final them for a lot of, many months. For those who watch 3:30 of my video you will notice that the menu is color coded – Crimson for Odd month 1st to fifteenth, Orange for Odd month sixteenth to thirty first, Blue for Even month 1st to fifteenth and Inexperienced for even month sixteenth to thirty first.

I assume this technique saves them printing prices.

For my dinner, I selected the three cup hen with rice. The cabin crew requested whether or not I would really like dinner to be served instantly upon takeoff, or later. As our takeoff time was about 2:30pm (i.e. too early for dinner), I requested to be served later. The crew stated the service could be at 5:30pm, as touchdown was barely previous 7pm. I stated okay.

After the flight took off, cabin lights have been dimmed, and most passengers have been watching films or took a day map. The crew got here round with drinks service, and I received some white wine to go along with the blended nuts that they gave out. It was good.

The seat could possibly be transformed right into a flat mattress simply (push button) and I took a brief nap. For some purpose, I awoke robotically, simply earlier than meal time. Maybe I used to be getting hungry! Dinner was served. It wasn’t like gourmand meals, however the style suited me simply nice.

My tray desk was prepared for dinner service.  They gave me the pink wine first.

My 3-cup hen with rice meal.  The style wasn’t unhealthy in any respect!

Effectively, that just about wraps up my Journey Report, Xi’An to Shanghai to Singapore on China Jap Enterprise class.  This was our first time on China Jap, and placing apart the slight trauma we had with delays and cancelled flights on Singapore to Xi’An leg, it was a fantastic expertise for the worth we had paid! 

Would we fly with China Jap once more?  Sure!  However we’d additionally know that their flights could also be delayed/cancelled and so forth, so we’d be mentally ready for all of it. 

Thanks for studying and watching my movies!

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