I was so blessed by Xiamen air this trip. I was going to crash overnight in the Xiamen airport on an 11 hour layover :groan: While I was looking for a comfortable looking spot of floor, I was informed that Xiamen provides a free room in their business hotel for guests who are on layover. The only thing I had to pay for was the 28 kuai (read:super cheap) taxi to the hotel. Amazing!
The company that Kayak use for my ticket (Yayama) had some random passport number on my reservation. The ticket agent told me that I had to call to travel agent to get it changed. I tried to call three times (from China) and all three time I was put on hold to 10 to 15 minutes then disconnected. I finally got someone at the service desk to call the airline and get the passport number correct. This added over an hour to my check in process. Luckily, I arrive early and was able to make the flight, no help from Yayama. Terrible!!!!
I've never booked a flight and then had them change the time on me after booking. It went from a 4:30pm flight to a 12pm flight. I have also never had an airline not check my bags all the way through. I had to pick up bags and wait with them out side of security for 6hrs before I could check in. Not the worst ever just pretty poor compared to most airlines.
Again, crew with poor English. We got boarded and then it turned out we would not be able to fly for at least one more hour. So we set for an extra hour in this small airplane. Why did they board us?? It was better waiting in the airport.
The entertainment system the company provides for international flights is very nice. Movies and games keep you entertained.
Flight was Shanghai to Fuzhou, 10 hour layover and Fuzhou to JFK. Our flight from Shanghai to Fuzhou was delayed for 3 hours for "inclement weather" - it was clear in Shanghai. Flight company communicated to progressive, who the flight was booked through, that the flight would be an hour late, so I received a text saying new departure time would be an hour later. This was false. After that hour the only messages we were getting at the airport were "flight is delayed, new departure time will be announced later". We arrived in Fuzhou 3 hours later, at 0300. The bus ride to the hotel provided by the airline is one hour each way, and our connecting flight was 0900, so it was a waste of time to try to get to the hotel. This means we just stayed in the airport all night and boarded our next 15 hour flight with no sleep, no shower and nothing to eat.
Customer service for flight would announce turbulence every 3 minutes, even after plane was having turbulence for 10-15 minutes. This freezes entertainment. Etc etc. many other small disorganized things as well.
It was only a two hour flight, but they served breakfast. All the staff was friendly. I was still quite sleepy when the food was served and declined the meal. The flight attendant told me to tell her when I was ready to eat. I was the only non-Chinese on the plane and was provided and English-language newspaper without asking.
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