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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!