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China Southern Business Class Review. Long Haul

China Southern Business Class doesn't have the best reputation. However, their new seats are excellent, and I had a really good trip with them.

The staggered seat design provides space and a comfortable bed. The alcohol selection was large, and included cocktails, champagne, wine and spirits. My only disappointment was that the food was average - although there was a lot of choice.

What I liked

  • Staggered seating was comfortable 
  • Good quality alcohol selection
  • In-Flight-Entertainment had lots of choices

What could be improved

  • Food was disappointing
  • Champagne ran out during the flight

The Seat

I had low expectations coming into this flight. Many of China Southern’s A330s still have the dreaded angle flat seats. In addition, I've read a few bad trip reports for China Southern on Flyertalk. I’m happy to report that this flight exceeded expectations!

China Southern operate a staggered layout with 4 seats across. Each seat has aisle access and a fully flat bed. The staggered seat layout is probably the most popular business class layout – along with reverse herringbone.

My seat was right next to the aisle - with the arm rest in the middle. I liked China Southern’s seat - both as a seat and a bed. I was able to get 4 hours sleep, which is pretty good for a flight.

Amenity Kit

The amenity kit was pretty basic - no designer bag or perfume here!. It consisted of:

  • Toothbrush
  • Eye mask
  • Ear Buds
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Slippers


The products were ok quality – nothing great.

The food

The food on board was a mixed picture. On one hand, the food wasn’t great, however there was a lot of choice.

My main meal consisted of

  • Pea Soup
  • Starter of duck pate
  • Main of monkish and rice
  • Dessert of fruit


The soup was pleasant and I enjoyed it. However, the duck pate didn’t look appetising (check the photo above), and it didn’t taste good either. It was sweet and I didn’t enjoy it.

The monkfish and rice was perfectly edible but no more. The fish was fried and not too bad. The vegetables were awful and inedible.

During the flight, there were snack options available at the front

  • Noodles
  • Macaroons and small cakes
  • Sandwiches


For breakfast, I had the pancakes and not the Chinese option. The pancakes were served with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and apple chunks - It was nice but very indulgent! There was a starter of fruit chunks. After breakfast, I got a coffee. It was smooth and enjoyable, one of the best I’ve had in the air.

The Drinks

I’ve uploaded images of the drinks menu in the above slideshow. You’ll see that there was an impressive selection, with cocktails, champagne, wine, beer and spirits.

I started off with a Riesling (sweet white wine), which was excellent. Half-way through the flight, I requested champagne, but it had run out – d’oh!

I had 3 or 4 cups of green tea throughout the flight. I found it to be excellent, as you would expect from a Chinese airline!

In Flight Entertainment

The IFE was rather impressive. The screen was a good size and there were a tons of English and international options.

The headphones were very high quality too. They were sturdy and did a great job of blocking out noise.

Conclusion

I was super impressed by China Southern Business Class – and can definitely recommend it. The seat is competitive with some of the best seats out there. While the food wasn’t great, there was a good variety of options. You need to be careful when booking China Southern however, as some of the older aircraft still have angled flat seats.

Have you flown on China Southern Business Class? Was your experience similar to mine? Let me know if the comments below.

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