Lifestyle,Research,Travel

Unexpected Surprise by Air China

Keri   22 Sep , 2014  

I decided to join my husband in Sweden towards the end of his conference.  My friend, Chiko, suggested the app called Hipmunk to get the best fares and routes. I chanced upon Air China, it had the fastest route at 16hours to Stockholm and was very reasonable at a price of 600usd which includes insurance. My mistake was that I  checked the reviews on the airline after purchasing my ticket. And it wasn’t good. The complaints were mainly delayed flights or/and missing luggage. So I was very nervous.

I arrived early morning at the NAIA terminal 1 for my 7am flight to Sweden. Checking in and passing through immigrations were a breeze at that time of the day.

No lines at the Immigration Counters :)

No lines at the Immigration Counter

They gave me an exit row seat and to my surprise I even had the whole row to myself 🙂

ample leg room for me at the exit row of Air China for the first leg of my trip to Peking/Beijing

ample leg room for me at the exit row of Air China for the first leg of my trip to Peking/Beijing

The layover at Beijing was only 2 hours so I decided to have a quick Chinese lunch and a 30minute foot massage at a pop up spa in front of my gate.

Foot Spa by my plane's gate

Foot Spa by my plane’s gate

 

It takes 9 and a half hours from Beijing to Stockholm so I was thrilled to see that my seat had so much space because it’s a bigger plane this time. And again, no seatmates 🙂

My legroom for the 9.5 hour stretch to Stockholm

My legroom for the 9.5 hour stretch to Stockholm

The flight was turbulence free.  I’m  glad I brought my iPod because most of the shows were in Chinese. And the food wasn’t so good but that’s really not a problem for me because I rarely eat on the plane.  But the flight was incredibly smooth and the service was good. I would probably fly it it again if and when I visit Stockholm  but not if my kids are with me.  Food and entertainment are vital  when traveling with little ones , in my opinion 🙂

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