Transfer at Shanghai, China (PVG) and China Eastern VIP Lounge, Terminal 1

Other posts on the business class trip to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK):

Delta CRJ 900 First Class, Charlotte, NC (CLT) to New York, NY (JFK) and a “Midfield” Takeoff

Delta Airlines SkyClub, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 4

China Eastern Airlines Business Class New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG) – Terminal 1 Check-in and Expedited Security Process

Quick Look, Korean Air Lounge, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 1

China Eastern Airlines 777-300ER Business Class, New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG)

PVG Transfer

Almost all of my arrivals and departures at PVG have been at remote stands.  This trip was no exception.  Business class passengers deplaned through the second door on the port side.20170412_075408_resized

A bus with comfortable seating was waiting to drive business-class passengers to the terminal.

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After a five minute ride, we were deposited at Terminal 1.  Those transferring to another flight were directed to a security screening.  I presented my passport and boarding pass and went through with no problem.  There are transfer desks prior to security if one needs to get a boarding pass for the next flight.

Once through security screening, transferring  passengers must go through an additional passport check.  There was only one official checking passports and there were many people in line.  My flight was scheduled to board in about 15 minutes and I wanted to visit the China Eastern VIP lounge before boarding.

Then I noticed six or seven automated passport screening devices but only a couple of people were using them.  I went over thinking this was the answer to my problems.  These machines, however, were exceedingly difficult to use.   Everyone was having problems.  After five minutes and 10 or so frustrating attempts, I finally got the machine to recognize my passport and boarding pass and take a photo which then opened the gate.

China Eastern VIP lounge

It was 8:20pm when I got through security and passport control.  My 9:15pm flight to BKK was scheduled to board at 8:30.  Fortunately, it’s a short walk to the VIP Lounge.20170514_102230_resized

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Signage on the concourse level identifying China Eastern’s VIP Lounge

An attendant checks credentials before allowing anyone to take the escalator up to the lounge.

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Lounge reception and help desk
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It is clear who has access

This is a large business-class lounge encompassing two levels.   Lockers are installed near the reception desk.

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These lockers accommodate large carry ons

Next to the lockers is a small seating area.

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Seating area and staff replenishing soft drinks and snacks

All seats have access to electrical power.  I needed no adapter.  Logging into wifi was easy.  I checked email quickly before walking around.

The dining area is to the right as one enters.20170514_094657_resized

Continuing through the dining area I found the food service area.  This lounge has a buffet and noodle bar.  The buffet had good food options for a business class lounge.

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Roasted chicken leg with lemongrass extract and shrimp balls with tomato sauce
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Carbonara (Italian or American food or both?) and fried rice with vegetables

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Chinese cabbage and other vegetables

The buffet also has salads and beverages.

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salad bar
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beer, wine, juice and other beverages

One can also order dishes from the noodle bar.

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Noodle bar

It appeared that there was no food for purchase.

The upper level of the lounge has additional seating and amenities.

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Escalator to upper level

A desk with representatives for flight assistance and other information is at the top of the escalator.  Immediately to the left of the desk is a room with four chairs that provide a full-body massage.20170514_095923_resized

The seating on this level offers the same great electrical connections and comfort as on the lower level.

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Loads of comfortable seating and some with privacy partitions

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Unfortunately, time prevented checking out the showers and restrooms before going to the boarding gate.

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escalator to lower level

Overall Impression

Unlike the flight from JFK, I was impressed with China Eastern’s VIP Lounge.  It compares well to other international business class lounges.  The seating is very comfortable and there is plenty of it.  Power is readily available.  Wifi is good.  The buffet and noodle bar are superior to what is found in other SkyTeam lounges.  I commend the staff for the appearance of the lounge.  It was immaculate as is evident from the photos.  Even the buffet was in perfect shape.  I had trouble communicating with some staff, but all of them seemed concerned with ensuring my needs were met.

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