On a Spring Break trip with my wife and teenage daughter to visit China’s Yunnan Province, I used Delta’s new international premium economy (called Premium Select) as far as Beijing. There we connected (on a through ticket) to Delta SkyTeam partner China Eastern for the 3.5 hour internal flight Beijing to Kunming (Yunnan provincial capital). The following morning we took a Shenzhen Airways flight from Kunming to Lijiang in northwest Yunnan, and a week later flew China Eastern once more KMG/PEK to connect with Delta for our flights home to RDU.
Having little idea what to expect in 2018 connecting to and flying domestic flights within China, I was pleased that basic airport and airline service standards were maintained. Though with some Chinese quirks that spiced up the experiences. The big takeaway was that things worked at the airport and on the planes, reassuring to business and leisure passengers who need to fly inside China. Read my full report here.