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This is a review of my recent flight on Air China from Beijing to New York JFK in First Class. I booked this ticket through Avianca Lifemiles, which had cost me approximately 1300 USD for this one way first class ticket from Shanghai to Beijing to New York. I would consider it to be a great deal consider the fact that the retail price of this ticket is over 10,000 USD.
This was my first authentic international first class flight, which is a milestone for myself. However, Air China is not usually regarded as a premium carrier. I went to the airport with no expectations but was pretty much satisfied with what I got. The first class cabin is located behind two business class sections on Air China’s Boeing 747-8 aircraft, they are one of the only three commercial operators of that magnificent aircraft. The first class seats is in a 1-2-1 configuration, while it has the backbone as an enclosed suite, there wasn’t a door. All I was looking forward to is a spacious and comfy bed which was apparently fulfilled with this gigantic seat. In terms of the food, Air China certainly have substantial areas for improvements. The service was conducted using utensils and plates from business class. There were a great amount of food to be consumed but the quality is certainly subpar when compared to airlines such as China Eastern and Cathay Pacific. One of the major issue I had on this flight was filming. Most mainland carriers prohibit filming of any sorts onboard their aircrafts and even in the lounge. I had to keep low profile the whole time which interfered with my original planning.
Overall, it was a solid 13 hours spent on the Queen of the Skies. Despite the mediocre software, I wouldn’t hesitate to fly again with 1300 USD.
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