How was breakfast on a Chinese domestic Hainan flight? The answer, not bad at all. For this week’s Meal of the Week I recall a hearty breakfast on an early morning flight.
Hainan is considered one of the better if not the best Chinese carrier. I booked this flight, however, due to price and time rather than due to carrier. As an aside, I cannot figure out the Chinese domestic market. Certainly the carriers you expect to operate flights out of their hubs do so, but it seems liked every major Chinese carrier operated this route.
Anyway, the 792-mile, 2hr15min flight left before sunrise. I skipped breakfast at the hotel and in the lounge, but was still full from the late-night street food the previous day.
After takeoff, passengers were offered fish or egg. I chose egg and received the following–
Inside the box was crackers and an orange. Inside the serving container was scrambled eggs mixed with white rice, peas, and carrots. This was not traditional breakfast egg fried rice: the rice was not fried.
While this was not a breakfast I would ever eat in a hotel, lounge, or restaurant, I appreciated the nourishment on a short flight.
More importantly, this flight helps to dispel the sort of horror stories you sometimes hear about on Chinese domestic flights. Service was efficient and courteous, drinks were refilled, and the complimentary meal was perfectly adequate. Not all Chinese airlines are created equal, but I cannot imagine an instance in which a domestic Chinese flight would be much worse than a domestic flight in the USA.