My friend Charles Yu is a big fan of The A350. He has flown an incredible 21 different A350's including The China Eastern A350 from Sydney to Shanghai Pudong.
Let's take a look at his recent China Eastern A350 Business Plus flight from these great photos he has shared here.
China Eastern Business Plus is a mini cabin with 4 identical Business Class seats in front of the plane. This Business Class Plus seat is longer than the standard Business Class offering. All 36 Standard Business and The 4 Business Plus seats have the same "door" providing good privacy. However there is no partition between Business Plus and the rest of the Business Class cabin.
How to get upgraded to Business Plus?
My friend Charles paid AUD1,000 (USD 710) at check-in counter. You can also use 40,000 China Eastern miles or pay a hefty USD 2,200 on-board for an instant upgrade. Let's take a look if this is worth it?
From the first glance, the seats are in same configuration as The Delta One suite, however they are customised to China Eastern's design. These seats look gorgeous, and they have excellent length and privacy, but appear to be a bit narrow due to the staggered layout.
The same seat with same service
Charles enjoyed the same meal as the other Business Class passengers so there isn't any differentiation in terms of soft product on-board.
The only visual difference in Business Plus is the larger LCD TV screen along with the lengthier cabin, which consequentially converts the seat into a longer bed. This could be beneficial to anyone who's taller than 6 foot.
Bottom Line of China Eastern Business Class
The China Eastern A350 Business Class does look gorgeous and provides a very nice level of privacy; It, along with The Delta One Suite, are the only airlines to offer a partition for the entire Business Class section on the A350. The food and beverage also looks quite upscale. However, in my opinion, their Business Plus product does not differentiate enough from their already excellent standard Business Class.
All images by Charles Yu