Beijing International Airport-Air China Business Class (5-2-2013)
After the short night sleep at Crown Plaza, we got up before the wake-up call and headed back to the airport with a few other passengers on the 6am shuttle. This part of the city was barely waking up but the airport was already bustling with hundreds of passengers trying to get to their destination somewhere far away.
We found the very busy check-in counters for Air China but did not see a counter for business class passengers. We kept our spaces in the long line as I went looking for an answer. It happened that Air China has a whole section designated for First Class and Business Class check-in at the very far end of the airport. I believe it was either Section A, or Section 1. Weren't we happy to leave that ridiculously long line!
This section was semi-enclosed and it just didn't look like any regular check-in area until we double-checked the signs at the entrance and were invited inside. Checking-in was quick and easy and we were done in just a few minutes. As we were leaving the area, we were told that we should wait a couple of minutes for the 'cart' to come back and take us to the immigration area. Wow! That was something we did not expect and glady obliged. It was fun scooting past everybody down the huge airport to the security gate area on that 'golf cart'. We were totally impressed. Way to go, Air China!
Last shot of the lobby, Crown Plaza Beijing International Airport.
At this point, we were done checking in and waiting for the 'golf cart'.
Entrance to this area is at the far end. Passengers can sit comfortably while being checked in, no lines, no hassle.
This is the exit.
riding on the 'golf cart'
Air China Business Class Lounge
After going through immigration and security check, we took the tram to the boarding area for international flights and found the Air China business class lounge. This is one impressive lounge, I must say, spacious, bright, and airy.
Looking down, there's a beautiful Chinese pavilion type of set up there. From what I could see, there seemed to be some papers and brushes on the tables for people to write or draw something. Should have checked it out.
Escalators to the lounge
many high-end stores dotted this airport
plenty of choices for food and drink
with both western and Chinese offerings
a huge lounge with very comfortable charis
heading over to the gate for our flight to Incheon, Korea
We had a great start for this day at Beijing International Airport and Air China certainly provided one of the best lounge experience for us at this airport.