Hong Gang Hotel – Hongqaio Airport
The hotel is connected to Terminal One of the Hongqaio Airport. For your spotting assistance, there are flight information screens located in the restaurant.
The usual preference here is for an even number room on the sixth floor or higher, which face over part of the remote parking ramp for Terminal One.
However we decided to try a room facing the opposite direction, room 603 on the sixth floor, so that we had the landing aircraft facing us. On this side of the hotel there are only three rooms for which offer decent views, these ending in 01, 03 & 05.
We mainly used the SBS to tie up most movements however there is a chance to read things off that land & with a good scope things that are parked over at Terminal Two, even at night as the lighting around some of the stands being rather bright!
If you stay on this side of the hotel I would recommend getting a room on the seventh floor or higher to give you more time to read things off as they speed past.
Movements at Hongqaio are predominantly domestic with movements dominated by China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines and Juneyao who all have sizeable bases there. Other domestic operators in to SHA include China Southern, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Shandong & of course Air China.
There are a few token movements from other parts of the region including JAL, ANA, Korean, Asiana, China Airlines, Eva Air, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines & Transasia Airways who all provide a daily movement & Air Macau with a twice daily service.
The number of biz-jets seen at Hongqaio was also a pleasant surprise, thirteen were seen during our visit, including one of the star movements of the entire trip in the form of Challenger LV-CCW!
Hongqaio is another airport which doesn’t get moving until after 0700, with the first arrival usually not landing until well after 8am! So with good forward planning you can get most aircraft as they arrive to night-stop & insure a decent nights’ sleep without missing much, if anything.
The day & a half we spent here, along with the full day & two half days at Pudong was more than enough time to see all of the Spring & Juneyao fleets, the majority of the Shanghai Airlines fleet (we left Shanghai only needing ten of their fleet) & a sizeable chunk of the China Eastern fleet. If I was to advise on spending more time in the area, I would go for another night at Pudong, mainly for the variety in freight & other Asian carriers that operate in to there.
To get between Pudong & Hongqaio is straightforward enough as there is a shuttle but that operates between both airports, costing around £3 for the 45 minute journey.
The pick-up point at Pudong is just below the Dazhong Hotel & you are dropped off at Hongqaio’s new Terminal Two where you can get a free shuttle bus across to the old Terminal One.
Dazhong Airport Hotel – Pudong Airport
The hotel is located between Terminals One & Two, at Pudong Airport, but it only takes around five minutes to walk from either to the property.
We had a two-night stay and had booked at “Airport Suite”, located in the South Tower. A room was requested on the eighth floor & we were duly allocated room 8801.
This room is one of only three, the others being 8802 & 8806, which are at the end of the hotel & overlooks the stands from both terminals, as well as the joining taxiways & views of all three runways. The only drawback to these rooms is that they only have one round bed, which is a novelty. That said however, an additional foldaway bed can be purchased for an extra fee.
During daylight most things can be read off using 10 x bins or using a stronger scope you can easily read off some of the China Eastern fleet which parks remote away from Terminal One. During the dark you will need an SBS to tie up movements, however, things parked on the stands nearest the hotel can easily be read off, even with standard binoculars due to excellent lighting!
Like other places in this part of Asia, movements don’t tend to get in full flow until after 0800 with a lot of night stopping aircraft being parked up by 2200. However there are still a few international departures right up until 0100 & freight movements are pretty much constant 24/7 at Pudong.
During our visit when managed to log most of the China Cargo Airlines fleet (B777’s + B747’s, as well as a lot of the China Southern Cargo fleet (B777’s + B747’s). Other freight movements include Federal Express (B777’s, MD-11’s), Yangtze River (B737’s + B747’s), UPS (B747’s + B767’s) amongst others.
Passenger movements are mainly dominated by China Eastern for which PVG is one of their main hubs. Other domestic carriers operating here include Spring Airlines (A320’s), Juneyao (A320’s), China Southern (various types), Air China (various) with the odd movement from Shandong and Tianjin Airlines. There is the usual foray of European carriers such as Virgin, Finnair, Swiss, Lufthansa (all ops with A340’s), KLM (B747’s), Air France & Turkish (both B777’s). Inter-Asia flights are covered by Singapore (B777’s), Malaysia (B777’s + A330’s), Cathay, Dragonair & Hong Kong Airlines from Hong Kong (B777’s, A330’s, A321’s + A320’s), Korean, Asiana & Jin Air from Korea (B777’s, B737’s, A330’s, A320’s, A321’s) & Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express & Zest Airways (A330’s, A319’s + 320’s) providing an interesting mix of colourful equipment from the Philippines. The star movement during our visit has to be a B747F belonging to Silk Way Airlines (4K-800).
Hotel information courtesy of Matt Rowlinson
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