A passenger travelling in business class on an Air China flight was shocked to find out what the airline had offered for his flight.
A passenger travelling on an Air China flight from China to Singapore in business class uploaded to an online forum a few pictures of his journey to show what he was offered in business class. The pictures showed a flight attendant in a hazmat suit when serving the passengers. The configuration shows the cabin interior of an Airbus 330, designed for medium- to long-haul operations.
Business Class with no hot meals
The passenger expressed his surprise when the flight attendant handed him a bag of pre-packed snacks. From what we can identify, it included cookies, a bottle of dairy product, and a banana. The passenger was not pleased when he found out what the airline had prepared and suggested it is just some “cheap snacks”.
To minimise contact, Air China is currently cutting loose all services that require direct or indirect contact with passengers. No hot meals, no cutleries, no pillows, and no headphones are onboard, adhering to the recently reinforced ‘COVID ZERO’ policy by President Xi.
COVID-ZERO is the code
With the Chinese Communist twice-a-decade Congress in progress starting last week, President Xi had secured his reign over the country. One of the highlights of the congress to date is that the country will continue to follow the strict COVID-ZERO policy until further notice.
Hong Kong expects to continue the 0+3 policy
Hong Kong, being a former aviation hub in Asia, is eager to regain its status. However, the current directive implies that although the city is technically open, further relaxation of the restrictions is to be anticipated. Hong Kong currently implements the 0+3 policy, meaning arriving travellers are free to go after landing except to dine in at bars or restaurants until the third day. Industry representatives criticise this relaxation, suggesting it would have little to no effect on the revival of the city’s tourism as no tourists would buy takeaway and eat in the hotel room.
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