Member since 11 Mar 2019
Total posts 5
I just saw a BBC News piece about the soon to be completed second airport in Beijing Daxing.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 105
A few people might prefer to not fly Air China. Note that Air China does not have a short connection option for the LHR-SYD journey.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Only QF and CA Air China currently fly to PEK.
Member since 24 Aug 2017
Total posts 21
Ever flown on a Chinese airline? Food, service and Chinese airports are terrible.
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 167
Sorry that's just not remotely true. I'll concede some domestic lounges are pretty bad in some cities, but in major airports lounges are above average or even great. Airports in general are no better or worse than any other average airport.Just flew Brisbane to Shenzhen to Beijing on Hainan airlines and food and service were amongst the best I've had.Also recently flew Beijing to Shanghai to Brisbane on China Eastern and hard product was excellent with good food and service too. Previously flown China Southern, Cathay, Air China, Shenzhen Airlines and Donghai, and all have been fine.
Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
I just had a friend fly on China Eastern (MU) which he said was very 'average.' Apparently one way was better than the other. Allegedly there was one bottle of red, and one of white per aisle so after five or six pours it ran out. He said English skills of the crew were just adequate.
Originally Posted by Dredgy
It would have to be significantly cheaper for me to even consider it. If you are flying in F/J, the lounges in China are usually terrible and run by 3rd parties.
If you want to go via Asia, stick with Cathay Pacific, and if you want to save some money go via China Airlines (Taiwan) or Vietnam Airlines.
I've never flown with Hainan airlines, but I disagree with China Eastern and Air China. People complain about the service on American airlines yet the standard of service is lower on Chinese airlines, and they sometimes serve some mysterious food (especially in Y when I have gone as a tourist).
Member since 15 Apr 2019
Total posts 3
I'm with you homeister on the even flight times.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 17 Nov 2014
Total posts 78
If you can afford to stay in a country where there is no Facebook, no Twitter, no BBC, no CNN, and transit, then go ahead.
Member since 13 Sep 2013
Total posts 114
Why anyone would choose a stopover in Mainland China is beyond me!
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 204
those are all very appealing reasons to stay there.
Member since 20 Nov 2015
Total posts 39
It's a good option if the price is a lot less than other routes such as Singapore or Hong Kong, but that's the only reason to consider it unless of course you also have business in Beijing and can make use of the visa-free stopover period. Otherwise if you are just changing flights I would much rather transit at SIN or HKG with SQ or CX, and if you wanted to break your journey but don't have a specific reason to do this in Beijing then Singapore and Hong Kong would also be better choices. Just my 2c.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
The Chinese government is relaxing the rule of one airline per long haul international route so there may be more PEK-SYD flights from Chinese carriers in the future.
Oh. Don't forget there will also be no YouTube and no NetFlix. If you are GoT fan, then think twice.
Member since 06 Oct 2018
The aforementioned comment is full of rubbish and got all the facts wrong somehow.
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