Review: China Southern A320 Economy Class Shenzhen to Kunming

Introduction: I’m Kunming To Yunnan
China Southern A320 Economy Class Shenzhen to Kunming
China Southern A320 Economy Class Kunming to Lijiang
China Southern A320 Economy Class Lijiang to Shenzhen
5 Memories Of My Hike In Yunnan


We were bussed to Shenzhen Airport, where I truly got to see the beauty that is the Shenzhen Airport terminal. Some of my trypophobic friends had trouble getting through the terminal, but I found it stunning.

Shenzhen Airport Exterior

The first hurdle at Shenzhen Airport happened during the security check that we had to undergo before we were allowed into the terminal. I was pulled aside as they alleged that I had a canister in my suitcase (which they couldn’t find), but I was let into the terminal soon enough.

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Review: Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


I was excited to have the opportunity to fly the 747, but was wary that it may very well be my last time.

THAI Flight 606
Monday, October 2, 2017
Origin: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Gate: C10 Dep: 16:00 (16:10)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 64 Arr: 19:45
 (20:00)
Duration: 2 hr 45 min (2 hr 50 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Seat: 19K (Business Class)

I was glad to be one of the first few people onboard the Thai Airways 747. Looking left, I saw a first class cabin of nine seats in the nose of the 747.

Thai Airways Boeing 747 First Class

The seats looked fine, though I’ve seen better first class seats. My mother didn’t like the colour tones, though they were pretty fitting for a Thai airline, in my opinion. I’d avoid seat 4E, as all of business class walks past that seat during boarding, and there’s so little privacy (the seats aren’t fully enclosed, and the privacy partition doesn’t extend very far at all seats) – the seat basically faces the door.

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Review: Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


THAI Flight 603
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 44 Dep: 07:45 (07:50)
Destination: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Gate: D4 Arr: 09:25
 (09:40)
Duration: 2 hr 40 min (2 hr 50 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Seat: 17K (Business Class)

I was excited to be back onboard the Thai Airways A330. Thai Airways’ A330 features six rows of angled lie-flat seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration, for a total of 30 seats.

Thai Airways Airbus A330 Business Class

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Review: Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


After my short visit to the Al Maha lounge, I made my way back to the Al Mourjan lounge to catch up on a couple of emails and a bit of work. I initially wanted to shower, though as I outlined in my review of the Al Mourjan lounge, I was only able to reserve a shower 30 minutes after I approached the shower attendant. Fortunately the shower was great once I received the shower room, though my stay at the lounge was otherwise uneventful. For more on the lounge, check out the review of the lounge that I wrote when detailing my outbound experience.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha

Eventually it was time to leave the lounge and head to the gate, which I decided to do so early in hopes of being first onboard for better cabin pictures.

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Review: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Qatar Airways Flight 58
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Origin: Doha (DOH) Gate: B15 Dep: 16:55 (17:10)
Destination: Munich (MUC) Gate: B12 Arr: 23:40 (23:35)
Duration: 5 h 45 min (5 h 25 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Seat: 4A (Business Class)

Upon boarding I turned left into the business class cabin, where I was looking forward into settling into my seat after a traumatically abysmal airport experience.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 Leased Business Class Cabin

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Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class Haikou to Hong Kong

Haikou Airport’s non-domestic terminal consists exclusively of bus gates. As is the case with bus gates all around the world, while you get priority bus boarding, it’s essentially a free-for-all when you get to the gate.

At Haikou, Cathay Dragon boards all Marco Polo members, oneworld Elites and Business Class passengers at the same time, which, as usual, consisted of half of the plane.

IMG_9465Cathay Dragon Haikou Airport Bus Gate

We were bussed to our remote stand, where there was a massive crowd waiting to board. After another superficial boarding pass check, we were directed up the airstairs.

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Review: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Qatar Airways Flight 57
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Origin: Doha (DOH) Gate: A9 Dep: 07:20 (07:20)
Destination: Munich (MUC) Gate: B12 Arr: 12:30 (12:15)
Duration: 6 h 10 min (5 h 55 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Seat: 5K (Business Class)

I boarded through the forward door into Qatar Airways’ stunning leased A350 cabin, owned by LATAM.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 Leased Business Class Cabin

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Review: Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Unfortunately I got rather sick during my “layover” back home, which meant that by the time I got to the airport I had completely screwed up my body clock. I got to the airport at around 10 PM feeling groggy and in need of a shower, so I decided to get one at The Pier, which I had access to as a oneworld business class passenger. I originally planned to re-review The Pier as I’d heard that the lounge had a lot of wear and tear by then, but it was good as new and as great a lounge as I’d remembered, so I won’t be reviewing it again.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Virgin Atlantic Flight 206
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Origin: London Heathrow (LHR) Gate: 16 Dep: 21:55 (22:20)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 27 Arr: 17:05 (17:10)
Duration: 12 h 10 min (11 h 50 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 24K (Premium Economy Class)

Soon I found myself back in Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin. I’ve reviewed the cabin extensively on my flights from London to Hong Kong last year and from Hong Kong to London on the outbound this year, so I won’t do so again.

First impressions – it was my first time seeing Virgin Atlantic’s cabins in the absence of mood lighting, and I was surprised to see how much more sterile the cabin seemed. Virgin Atlantic relies heavily on their mood lighting to add spice to their cabins, to the point where in its absence the cabins almost lack personality.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Premium Economy Cabin

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


As I outlined during the introduction post, the roundtrip between Hong Kong and London in premium economy ended up costing a substantial amount, so I was looking to be wowed on this flight. Unfortunately it certainly could’ve started out better, as I had quite the dilemma during customs at the airport that night. I originally wanted to write a feature post about what you could do during a long layover or delay at Hong Kong Airport, which would require touring around the airport for a bit, but I stuck to the gate after that, as I wasn’t in any position to work anymore.

Hong Kong Airport Terminal

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