Travelling to a new city is always an exciting prospect, even more so when you are travelling in business class with China Eastern.
Check in was a breeze since I was able to use the dedicated business line. Within a few minutes, I had my luggage checked in and was handed my boarding pass, express path card and lounge pass.
Passengers traveling on China Eastern in business class are entitled access to the Skyteam Lounge at Sydney Airport.
Business class on MU750 is split into two cabins and features my favourite reverse herringbone seating. My seat, 11A, was located in the first row of the second cabin and because of the 1-2-1 layout, I had direct aisle access.
The seat itself was incredibly comfortable and is packed with features including automatic seat controls, universal electrical socket, USB port for charging, reading light, storage nooks and even a coat hanger. If you are flying a red eye flight, you will be glad to know that the seat can transform into the flat bed position at the touch of a button.
The attentive service started the moment I sat down as I am offered a warm towel and a pre-departure drink. Throughout the entire trip I felt pampered, with the cabin crew checking on me several times, providing snacks and bottles of water and even updating me on the flight situation such as minor delays.
In flight Entertainment System
The in flight entertainment system on China Eastern is very intuitive thanks to the large touchscreen TV. There’s a lot of variety in the movies ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks. I actually managed to watch 4 films during the flight – Lego Batman, Hacksaw Ridge, Cafe Society and Love Contractually (合约男女). Apart form movies, there’s also TV shows, music and games to entertain passengers.
Although the headsets provided are not noise cancelling, they worked well for me for the entire flight.
As the flight was estimated to take 10 hrs 30 minutes, both lunch and dinner was provided for passengers. The meals come with a Chinese and Western option and since I was heading to China I decided to opt for the Chinese choice. Lunch begins with an amuse-bouche and my choice of drink.
An appetiser of grilled eel and seaweed is next, followed by a main of braised beef rice. I was surprised when the flight attendant brought out an actual bread basket with several kinds of bread for me to select from. I went with garlic bread – which was perfect and so flavourful. Even though I was fairly full at this point – I couldn’t say no to the cheese and fruit plates!
And just when I thought the meal was finished – I was provided ice cream. Not just any generic ice cream but Serendipity’s Hokey Pokey flavour, which was an absolute treat to finish my meal. Just as I am finishing my ice cream, the flight attendant returns and offers me some chocolate in the form of Tim Tams.
Dinner was a shorter affair as we were quickly approaching our destination. To start, there was a prawn appetiser and the welcomed return of the bread basket. Mains was a delicate and flaky steamed barramundi with vegetables and rice. A side plate of sliced fruit was the dessert.
About an hour into the flight, I was handed my amenity kit. To my surprise, the kit was not co branded like other airlines. Although, it contained the usual essentials like toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, ear plugs and eye mask.
Wonderful service, great cuisine and an excellent seat makes the China Eastern business class a great choice for travellers heading to China.
Airline: China Eastern
Route: SYD to WUH
Flight number: MU750
Plane model: A330-200
Seat number: 11A
This review was based on a complimentary upgrade, I paid for the flight.