Flight Review: Air China PEK-BKK in Bidness

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This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers:

Catch up by reading the preview, The Banana Pancake Trail to Myanmar Starts This Monday, then the overview, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Disney, Home, where the game time decision was made to leave Mongolia for good.


You may be asking yourself, does this guy love Air China or what? The answer is a resounding no. But if you are in Mongolia you only have a few choices out of that place: Korean, Aeroflot, Air China, and the Mongolian ripoff airlines of MIAT and Hunnu. Due to these limited choices, the points flyer is left with little choice as to how to make his exit. This time I used the undervalued and overlooked currency of 25,000 LifeMiles + $200 to escape. Peasant class wasn’t available for points so I splurged for bidness. The alternative was to pay $800 one-way for MIAT via Hong Kong in coach.

After the underwhelming flight from ULN-PEK I had zero expectations for the flight to Bangkok. Despite delays leaving Beijing, I was pleasantly surprised by the hard product (Boeing 777-200) and service on this flight.

No smog but still delayed.
No smog but still delayed.
My seat.
My seat.
Not my seat.
Not my seat.
Curiously there weren't any IFE's.
Curiously there wasn’t an IFE system.
Unless you count this ghetto IFE
A tradition unlike any other.
A tradition unlike any other.
不好
汤, 很好吃
汤, 很好吃
Jack and MAX!  怎么说jack daniels?
Jack and MAX!
怎么说jack daniels?
What is tighting lotion?
What is tighting lotion?

That’s all folks!

<==Back to Air China Lounge Beijing Onto Aloft Bangkok==>

 

 

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