Monthly Archive for June, 2008

Day 76: Air China to USA

Air China

Tomorrow I’m go­ing back to California for two weeks. I get to fly on the won­der­ful Air China, which is al­ways an adventure.

Seats can’t be re­served in ad­vance on­line nor by phone, so I’ll have to check-​​in at the air­port ex­tra early to get a bet­ter seat. I hope to get there four hours early.

The two-​​hour pit stop in Beijing will let me visit Beijing Airport’s new Terminal 3, which opened three months ago. It’s the largest ter­mi­nal in the world. (I like airports.)

Air China’s econ­omy seats don’t have in­di­vid­ual video screens, so I’ll get to en­joy the movies on the pro­jec­tion screen with every­one else, like in a theater.

Best of all, Air China pas­sen­gers tend to have a dis­tinct sense of con­duct you won’t find in many other air­lines’ pas­sen­gers. They’re gen­er­ally more – how should I put this – lively.

I can’t think of a bet­ter air­line to spend more than 10 hours on. (Sometimes you have to look on the bright side to main­tain sanity.)