The service in Lester b Pearson airport was unprofessional and sub standard by your employee Manija Anwarzada and her shift workers. They did not help me when I missed my flight to Pittsburgh because of our late arrival from Frankfurt. She and the others were not there to assist and help stranded passengers. In fact a couple of the staff were on cell phones and not helping passengers. She finally told us we had to go downstairs to the hall since her counter was closing. After traveling from Algiers to Frankfurt then on to Canada it was a terrible way to end the day. These emoyess made a very long day even longer.
I will never fly Air Canada again.
I will say once I got through customs there were more professional people who did at least get me a hotel room.
Your employee has left a very bad taste in my mouth for Air Canada!
We paid cash for business class seats on this flight and they were terrible seats. They were NOT business class, they did not recline and there was no leg room. Nothing offered to drink upon boarding. All they did was take economy class seats, three wide, and put a thing on the middle seat to hold drinks. It was terrible and we will avoid Lufthansa in the future, and we travel a lot.
China Southern's economy seats are spacious for legroom and seat width and the entertainment system is well stocked with movies/TV shows/music. Some entertainment systems will also com with a USB port to charge your device (if it's allowed to be used). All seats come with pillow and blanket to keep you warm throughout the flight.
Any mobile devices that can be used as a cell phone are not allowed to be on or used while on board the flight. This includes mobile phones in flight mode (China Southern explained to me that this is Chinese law), so don't expect to do anything with your mobile phone which means you're basically using their entertainment system. They will stop and tell you midflight to turn off your phone.
Food was horrible, no soap in the bathrooms, and boarding/deboarding in Guangzhou was a test of patience. Having been through Guangzhou twice, despite there being multiple gates for planes to pull into for arrival, they'll always deplane you to the tarmac where buses will be waiting. They'll then drive you to an arrival's terminal where you're forced through a long line that leads to a China Southern desk for them to stamp your boarding pass to wait for your next flight. This line was 30 minutes long for our plane alone and increased as more arrived. Boarding was the same where you get on a bus, stand for 10-15 minutes while they drive you to a plane that was for whatever reason was attached to another gate that no one had access to and you've climbing stairs to board again.
The airport itself is devoid of many food or coffee shops and what's available is expensive and of low quality/taste. Expect to see endless construction, many unclean bathrooms where the toilet seats don't even fit the toilet they've been attached to, and lack of soap in the bathrooms.
Our flight was cancelled and rebooked for 6 hours later. We did not get notification of this change. My gluten free meal was not on the flight that was changed. All the airline reps that I spoke with were very unhelpful.
Announcements were made in Japanese, English, and Thai. We were warned about turbulence several times in all languages. Flight to Bangkok from Tokyo had a USB port to charge my iphone, but flight back to Tokyo did not. Service from cabin attendants was excellent. One apologized twice for running out of the lunch selection I wanted to have, even though I was happy with the chicken curry. Courteous staff and pleasant experience, even with a competitive airfare. I would fly JAL again.
Never got on this flight. We were never given an email to self check in, and we're unable to board 45 mins before at the gate coming frim anotthe flight. They overbooked this flight & sold our tickets, and then told us we couldn't get on flight. Now we are out $2500 buying new tix!
All the above. A simple check in email would have averted this problem. All the other airlines do this. We were under the presumption that we had to check in at airport when we didn't get check-in notice. Furthermore, they sold our tickets, so we're down $2500 and they doubled their profit. It would be hard for me to say I will use Air Canada or kayak in the future.
The crew is very friendly and accommodating. Food was decent.
Delayed three hours in Amsterdam then caused me to miss my connecting flight to Seattle. Then they only gave me the option of being late a day. On top of all that they lost my luggage. Time to retire that 767.
This was a very pleasant flight. The attendants were excellent. The plane was clean. The food was good for airline fare. The entertainment system made the flight go by better. Over all an excellent experience
The usual the leg room is not great nor is the space between passengers. But nothing horrible.
The crew was great as usual, and I always enjoy the unique selection of international film in the entertainment system.
That old plane was VERY drafty around the emergency exit. I can't remember ever feeling cold on a plane. Usually it's the opposite. But here was a consistent stream of ice cold air leaking through the airframe around the emergency exit. It was cold enough that I had to put several layers of blankets up on the wall and lean against them all the way home. In addition, my seat was so "well-used" that it provided very little support and often felt as though I was sitting on a bench. Not a pleasant experience.
Comparing China Southern long-haul flights to American domestic flights, sure - the service is leaps and bounds higher than any American airline. All of the flight crew spoke enough English to be helpful and very kind. Passengers, even in Economy, were well-fed and well-hydrated. Blankets were made available to everyone and the in-flight entertainment offered some great options.
The hotel that was reserved for me on my Guangzhou overnight was LOVELY and the staff very helpful.
Partially a rant against the airline, other part against the airport itself but Guangzhou Airport is absolutely atrocious. An embarrassingly small coffee costs nearly $10 USD. Because of my trip schedule (I flew from San Francisco to Bangkok via WuHam AND Guangzhou, Bangkok to Haneda via Guangzhou, and Haneda to Los Angeles via Guangzhou), I spent many hours in this airport. Though there seemed to be PLENTY of open gates in the international terminal, every one of my flights required passengers to board a bus and ride for 10-15 minutes to the aircraft, get off the bus by the aircraft where we weren't even allowed to board yet - AND IT WAS RAINING. I know there is major construction happening at this airport (BADLY needed, I might add) but there MUST be better options for moving passengers around between terminal and aircraft.
Also, China Southern IS attempting to do some good by offering passengers with overnight layovers in Guangzhou a complimentary hotel, they do NOT make it easy to do. Upon arrival in Guangzhou before my overnight, a CS representative, waiting at one of the numerous twists and turns in the airport, held a small piece of paper listing the flights eligible for a hotel room. The only problem was that there were over 200 people trying to deplane, go through customs and immigration, find out where to go next, etc. and the woman was completely lost in the crowd. I actually somehow wandered past Customs and Immigration to a whole other side of the airport before running into the group heading for hotel reservations somewhere in between the arrival gate and the Guangzhou Metro. The agent in charge sent us up an escalator, said nothing more, and left a group of about 50 passengers to fend for themselves. We eventually found a small desk staffed by 5 CS representatives making hotel reservations. It seemed to take about 10-15 minutes per passenger to make reservations, so I finally arrived at my hotel in time to sleep for about four hours before returning to the airport.
Had to get off Korean air in Seoul & go thru terribly bogged down customs, just to transfer & continue on another Korean air plane - both ways! Barely made it to my 2nd plane even though I practically ran thru the big airport after the customs delay - both on my way to Hanoi & on my return. Got to Vancouver & only found out by accident that my checked bag would NOT be transferred to my Seattle flight, even though my tag clearly said to pick it up in Seattle. Had to disembark, claim my bag, then go thru the departure procedure at Vancouver all over again, with 2 customs checks: enter Canada, re board to U.S.
I really appreciated getting a meal on the plane despite the short two hour flight. I've always liked flying Korean Air due to their cleanliness, presentable flight attendants and good customer service.
The only thing I seemed to have a problem with was the volume and clearness that came out of my headphones. Although the headphones were provided by the airlines, the volume came out a little unclear and kind of scratchy. Other than that, everything was great.
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