My previous Asian reviews:
- JetStar Hong Kong - Singapore
- Scoot Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
- AirAsia Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang
In this review, we will talk about the flight from Cam Ranh Airport in the Vietnamese resort of Nha Trang to Hong Kong International Airport. The flight was operated by a low-cost airline from Hong Kong - HK Express.
Contents of the review:
1. Departure from Nha Trang
2. On the platform of Cam Ranh Airport
4. A320 HK Express
5. Arrival in Hong Kong
Before I start talking about the flight, I would like to say a few words about the tariff policy and service of the carrier HK Express.
The airline from Hong Kong HK Express positions itself as a low-cost airline. Nevertheless, the carrier offers a service of a fairly high level. The tariff policy is based on the offer of minimum prices for light travel. Then there are higher fares for travel with luggage - several levels for 20, 25, 30 kg of luggage carried. Seat selection in the cabin is paid. Food and drinks on board are also paid, but the range of food and drinks offered is quite large.
At the time of my departure from Nha Trang, the terminal was in the final stages of construction, but had not yet been launched. I was only able to look at it from afar.
My flight was still taking off from the old Terminal 1, which is now used for domestic flights.
Terminal 1 is quite cramped inside, but with a rather pleasant station square. In front of it there is a spacious parking lot for taxis.
Places of embarkation / disembarkation of passengers are covered with a large canopy that protects against the scorching tropical sun.
Next to Terminal 1 is the airport administration office.
Opposite the entrance, in a small square, there is a street cafГ©. Good Vietnamese food and nice prices. Before the flight, you can have a good snack.
Go inside. The common area is a large hall. On the two sides, opposite each other, there are reception desks.
On the one hand, the international departures check-in area:
On the opposite side - check-in for domestic flights:
General view of the terminal from the escalator leading to the security area on the second floor:
In the center of the hall there are kiosks with various services - currency exchangers, ticket offices, representative offices of several airlines and tour operators.
Check-in for my flight:
Of interest - an advertising stand with an advertisement for real estate on the coast. The resort of Nha Trang is being actively built up. Together with hotels, residential buildings with apartments for sale are also being built here.
Baggage claim hall nearby. Clearly visible through transparent walls.
Special control and departure area is located on the second floor of the terminal, where you can climb the stairs or escalator. To illustrate, I use the photo from the previous review, when I first arrived in Nha Trang.
Despite the fact that there are relatively few departing flights at the airport, the clean area is cramped. The departure hall reminded me of the same cramped airport in Krasnodar.
As befits an international airport, there is a Duti-Free shop, modest in size.
Landing is announced...
2. On the apron of Cam Ranh Airport
Terminal 1 of Cam Ranh Airport has only 2 jet bridges in store for full-service airlines. Low-cost airlines such as HK Express are serviced in remote parking lots. Our A320 is a couple of hundred meters from the terminal.
A trip on the bus allows you to look around on the platform. In addition to our board, an honorable place in the center of the apron is occupied by the Airbus A321 of the Chinese airline Capital Airlines.
And a number of parked A321 Vietnamese low-cost airlines VietJet Air. Cam Ranh plays the role of one of the key airports of the carrier's route network.
Hong Kong A320 in all its glory. The livery of the HK Express is unlike any other...
The drawing of the rear of the liner is stylized in the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Boarding on the road ladder is made only through the front door.
The apron overlooks both terminals of Cam Ranh Airport. To the left is Terminal 1, to the right is T2.
We go inside the airliner.
By the time it took off, the sun was already setting. Despite the fact that I took seats at the porthole, in the coming twilight and against the sun, good photos could not be taken. Here are some illustrations of what we could see.
Terminal 1 of Cam Ranh Airport:
A little further on is the new Terminal 2.
A strip of shore near the airport, actively built up by luxury hotels.
Even when climbing, the liner began a sharp turn. The city of Nha Trang could only be seen from afar.
The tropical sun quickly set over the horizon in just a few minutes.
4. On board the A320 HK Express
The cabin of the HK Express aircraft looks very decent. The airline serves as Hong Kong's base low-cost airline. In such a rich city, you need to correspond to the general level. And the Airbus HK Express holds the brand. The salon gives the impression of new and clean.
As befits a low-cost airline, there is no business class, only economy. The seats with a thin backrest are lined with black leather.
There are also elements of comfort - folding tables.
In the logbook you can get information about the airline. The carrier's route network covers the cities of East Asia - China, Japan, Korea, etc. The fleet consists of medium-haul Airbus A320/321 airliners.
On board you can buy souvenirs with HK Express symbols.
Quite interestingly painted front partition in the cabin. The HK Express logo and a schematic image of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, which became another component of the company's corporate identity.
Meals on board are available for a fee, but the meals are very attractive in the pictures.
To these are added a wide selection of teas and soft drinks.
I booked dinner for my flight in advance. The order was brought in high-quality branded packaging.
Steamed chicken with rice, mushrooms and vegetables. As well as green tea. Both wooden sticks and a fork are offered as cutlery (for Europeans who do not know how to eat with sticks).
It is worth noting that the choice of dishes to order in flight is quite extensive. You can choose different options costing from 6 to 13 USD. Here is a photo from the HK Express website for illustration.
Next, I want to talk about Hong Kong taxis. His work is organized according to an interesting scheme with the marking of cars in different colors.
Boarding in a taxi is carried out on a special underground platform located under Terminal 2. To get there, you need to focus on the signs - first in the direction of T2.
Then down to the ground floor of Terminal 2.
On the way I stopped for half a minute to look at the decorations. My flight was on the eve of Chinese New Year. [SLIDER]
And blue taxis operate on Lantau Island - this is the nearby area where the airport is located. Of the popular places, there is also Hong Kong Disneyland and a monastery with a large Buddha statue. In this case, this was just my option, because I booked a hotel closer to the airport.
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It is very important to know in a taxi what color to sit down. If you get into the wrong car, the driver in someone else's zone will be unlucky.
Landing platforms are also reserved for cars of the same color, so that there is no confusion. Here, for example, is a green taxi to the New Territories:
And then there are the blue cars. Boarding is on a first-come, first-served basis.
With arrival in Hong Kong, my 3-week journey through Asia has ended. Then there was the standard Aeroflot flight to Moscow.
That's all for now. Thank you! See you next time.
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