China Southern Put to the Test

cz-cabinOur member mushez recently sampled China Southern Airlines on a quick trip to China. Four China Southern flights were taken in total as our member flew from Brisbane to Shanghai and back, with a stopover in Guangzhou in both directions. So, would the airline meet expectations?

Concerned about the quality of the catering, our member stocked up at the airport ahead of the first flight from Brisbane to Guangzhou. While our member does not regret bringing their own food, they did at least find the meals to be edible after all.

While I was quite set to not have anything on the flight, I was signed up to the fact of getting the food to do this trip report – and I was surprised at how eatable it was – but I wouldn’t suggest to anyone to bank on that always being the case with any CZ flight still. I ate both meals, and found it to be passable, but not quite to everyones taste.

The in-flight entertainment system on board is modern, but our member says that the selection of movies and entertainment was limited.

It appears that delays for Chinese domestic flights are extremely common. Indeed, our member’s connecting flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai was delayed by two hours. With that in mind, mushez ensured ample connection time in Guangzhou for the return journey.

Being stuck in CAN for 24 hours was the last thing I wanted. So was aiming for 4 + hours transit time between to plan for the normal 2-3 hour delays in flights. CZ3538 fitted this with 4:05 scheduled transit time, and was a B787…

The forward planning was largely in vain on this occasion as the flight departed right on schedule! This is apparently a rare achievement.

Another pleasant surprise awaited on the final of the four flights. Our member had been dreading the overnight return to Brisbane. But they ended up being upgraded to Premium Economy!

Upon getting on, and walking down, and double, triple, and quadruple checking, I was standing at my seat, a Y+ seat. I was having a little internal dance of joy – as if there was one leg I wanted upgraded, it was this one.

The Premium Economy seats on China Southern offer extra legroom and footrests. The seats are also slightly wider than Economy. These factors combined to help our member sleep reasonably well on this redeye sector.

So, what does our member conclude? Is China Southern a good value option to China? Find out HERE.

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Matt Graham
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