Air China Business Chengdu Kathmandu: Sleeping Through Breakfast

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Air China Business Chengdu Kathmandu Flight Review is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


I’ve flown Air China business many times. It is underrated. As part of the ANA RTW ticket, I maximized my 22k miles in business by adding the final Chengdu to Kathmandu segment.

The first perk for adding this flight was taking the private bus to the plane. If you’ve never flown in China, let me tell you why this perk is worth a point out. In China, when boarding is announced, there’s a mad scramble to get to the gate. Zone 1, Zone 2, Southwest’s A, B, C, means nothing. Everyone rushes to get to the door as if the plane is going to leave without them. As a foreigner, I take advantage of this chaos and head to the front of the line while pleading ignorance in the rare instance that someone questions me for cutting.

In business, the chaos is slightly alleviated as business class passengers don’t have to get on the bus with the economy passengers en route to the plane.

Peasant bus (with panda)
Private bus

Once onboard, I was greeted with the requisite champagne and orange juice (see Get Ready to Takeoff: The World’s Best Champagne). Someone needs to tell Turkish Airlines that nobody wants OJ without champagne, regardless if the naranja is freshly squeezed.

Close that curtain!

For breakfast, I chose the Chinese meal and the flight attendant asked if I wanted to be woken up when breakfast was served. I said no. Sleeping on a plane whether it be in first or peasant is sacred and should not be interrupted. I don’t know why all airlines don’t implement a policy not to  disturb passengers who fall asleep. That nudge for, “Do you want breakfast?” isn’t as annoying as the process of falling back asleep.

With a blanket and a pillow, I slept uninterrupted and do not regret not having to take more photos of food. It’s not like a reader will skip flying Air China from Chengdu to Kathmandu because of breakfast options. How do I know this? Because this is the only direct flight between the two cities.

No breakfast photo.
No breakfast photo.

Air China Business Chengdu Kathmandu Flight Review is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

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