My second destination was Shenzhen in the Guangdong Province, located 900 miles south west of Suzhou. To get there, I took a two hour flight on Shenzhen Airlines departing from the Wuxi Airport. According to Claire, the travel agent I worked with, the Chinese government controls fare prices. Unlike the US, the fares do not jump in price as the travel date approaches. This gives flexibility for booking tickets a day or two before traveling. It also translates to airlines that function like US airlines before the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, focused on service to differentiate rather than fare wars.
To an American used to stripped to the bones airline service, the flight I took was a flashback to a 1950’s movie. I expected Doris Day to pop out of a seat and start singing “Blue Skies.” Here’s why:
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9. A sticker reading, “If you need help, please call us now” placed on the seat back in front of the passenger who slept through lunch service. When the passenger pressed the call button, the flight attendant brought his lunch.