The takeaway is like this, you start to appreciate Singapore Airlines after you get to take Air China.
Let me share with you what went wrong.
The flight was delayed by more than an hour. Punctuality is a big issue! There were a few in my flight who missed their connecting flights to USA and those poor guys will have to stay over for one more night.
The air stewardess came up to me and instead of asking what i would like to eat, she said, sorry sir. We only have the vegetarian rice left. Would you like to havr it? I was thinking to myself.. "Are you kidding? This is business class and you tell me I only have vegetarian food left?"
I told the air stewardess, "err what do you expect me to say?" But without losing my temper, I just said "it's ok, I will go without lunch". Somehow miraculously, a plate of main course of sesame chicken was served eventually but this incident has already left a bad taste in my mouth.
Anyway, the food was mediocre.
After the flight took off, I went to the toilet behind the pilot cockpit only to find it locked. The next thing I know, the pilot came out and I went in only to find a light tinge of cigarette smell in the cubicle. My goodness, the pilot has been smoking inside!
In flight entertainment and seat
Perhaps this is somewhat similar to Singaporeans? We never know how good and efficient our country is until we lose it?
The plane landed in Beijing 2 hours past its scheduled time. The "haze" appeared to be better than I expected. In fact, the air in Beijing was deceivingly better than Hong Kong.