China Airlines

Which Taiwanese Airline Has The Better Business Class Product?

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Taiwan has two great airlines — China Airlines and EVA Air. They didn’t used to be nearly as good as they are now (in particular China Airlines), though they’ve really put an effort into their product, and now both offer among the best business class products out there.

I’ve also reviewed both airlines in the past several months on the same route on the same plane:

— In February 2017 I flew EVA Air 777 business class from Los Angeles to Taipei
— In June 2016 I flew China Airlines 777 business class from Los Angeles to Taipei

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A Transpacific Flight Where You Can Get A First Class Seat For Business Class Miles

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Did you know there’s a transpacific flight where you can redeem miles for a business class ticket but get a first class seat?

Specifically, I’m talking about China Airlines’ flight between Vancouver and Taipei, which is their only remaining flight to North America operated by a 747-400.

I suppose this is a very low yield route, given how they choose to sell the plane. China Airlines’ 747 features 12 first class seats, 49 business class seats, and 314 economy class seats. However, rather than selling first class as first class and business class as business class, the airline sells first class as business class, and business class as premium economy (with service corresponding to business class and premium economy).

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Review: China Airlines Business Class A330 Taipei To Singapore

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I boarded through door L1, where I was greeted by the cabin manager, Amy, and pointed towards the far aisle.

China Airlines’ A330 business class cabin consists of a total of 30 seats, spread across five rows in a 2-2-2 configuration.

The seats are angled flat, and similar to Singapore Airlines’ regional business class product. The catch is that China Airlines actually uses these planes on some longhaul flights.

In general if you’re traveling alone you may be best off going with one of the seats in the center, so you don’t have anyone climbing over you.

However, I had assigned myself seat 4K, the window seat in the fourth row. While the product as such wouldn’t be the most comfortable for a longhaul flight, the seats felt “fresh” and were well maintained.

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Review: China Airlines Lounge Taipei

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I was originally supposed to have an almost three hour layover in Taipei, as my flight from Los Angeles was scheduled to arrive at 5AM, while the connection was supposed to depart at 7:50AM. However, due to the significant delay, we only arrived at 6:35AM, meaning my connection was a bit over an hour.

On the plus side, transit security was a breeze. There were a few different checkpoints that could be used, though my flight to Singapore was departing from the same concourse I arrived at, so I was the only person at that transit security checkpoint. About a minute after deplaning I was already through security and back in the sterile area.

While not in the same league as the airports in Hong Kong or Singapore, the terminal was still quite nice.

My flight to Singapore was departing from gate D4, and was scheduled to board at 7:10AM. So my plan was to just quickly visit the closest lounge to take some pictures and then head to the gate. Fortunately my arrival gate, the lounge, and my departure gate were all only a few steps apart.

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Review: China Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Los Angeles To Taipei

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I arrived at LAX at around 10PM for my 12:05AM flight to Taipei. While the rest of the airport is pretty quiet at 10PM, Tom Bradley International Airport is bustling at that hour.

That’s not surprising, given how many late night flights depart from the terminal, in particular to Asia.

While the economy queue at China Airlines check-in was long, there was no one in the business class line, so I was checked in within minutes.

As you’d expect, security was as much of a zoo as the rest of the terminal. Fortunately there’s a premium security line. The process still took about 20 minutes, but that was much better than for other passengers, as I imagine the regular line took at least twice as long.

Fortunately Tom Bradley International Terminal is gorgeous once you’re past security.

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Introduction: Flying Halfway Around The World For Half A Day

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My blog goal for 2016 is to review as many new premium cabin products as I can, especially in business class.

So far this year I’ve reviewed Finnair business class, Air India first class, Iberia business class, LAN business class, Oman Air business class, Air France business class, Avianca business class, Aeromexico business class, Air Canada business class, and South African Airways business class.

Coming up I have reviews of SAS business class, Air Tahiti Nui business class, Fiji Airways business class, Royal Air Maroc business class, China Eastern business class, Saudia business class, Pakistan business class, and Swiss first class.

I have so many more airlines I want to review, though only so much time I can spend flying around to try different airlines (good problem to have… I know!). With that in mind, a couple of weeks ago I found myself with a few days where I didn’t need to be anywhere in particular, so I figured I’d try to review two more business class products that have long been on my list.

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Here’s Why China Airlines Flight Attendants Are Going On Strike For The First Time Ever

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It looks like I flew China Airlines just in time, as their flight attendants are going on strike for the first time ever on Friday. According to airlineroute.net, all China Airlines flights departing Taipei between 6AM and 10PM on Friday, June 24, 2016, will be canceled. Flight attendants in Taiwan have apparently never gone on strike, so this is pretty huge news.

96% of flight attendants voted in favor of the strike, so this is a huge development. Here’s the cause of the strike, according to Focus Taiwan News Channel:

“The dispute arose after CAL unilaterally decided that, starting in June, its flight attendants must report for duty at the nation’s main airport in Taoyuan, instead of at Songshan Airport in Taipei. For many flight attendants, it means fewer logged work hours and therefore less time for rest.

The strike is currently planned for the peak summer travel season.”

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China Airlines A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures

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Yesterday I flew from Los Angeles to Taipei on China Airlines’ brand new, gorgeous Boeing 777-300ER. I was very impressed by China Airlines, in particular the hard product, which is possibly the best business class product out there. Add in their reasonably priced and high quality wifi, and I’d fly them again in a heartbeat.

My flight from Los Angeles to Taipei was delayed by about 90 minutes, so I only had a very short connection in Taipei… or so I thought.

My Taipei to Singapore flight ended up being delayed by about an hour as well, due to a “technical fault” with the aircraft.

This flight was operated by an A330, which features angled seats. This is one of the more modern angled seats out there. These are the same types of seats which Singapore has on their A330s, and also the same seats Fiji Airways has throughout their longhaul fleet (which makes me less excited about flying them in a couple of months). Maybe it’s just me, but I’d prefer either a recliner seat or a fully flat seat, as angled seats are just uncomfortable in all positions, in my experience.

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9 Thoughts On China Airlines’ New 777 Business Class

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Hello, still from a China Airlines flight between Los Angeles and Taipei, which I booked pretty last minute. It’s almost time for breakfast, but before we land, I figured I’d share some more thoughts on the China Airlines product. A full trip report will follow, but I always like to reflect on the things I notice on the spot, as my feelings towards products can change over time.

Since these are spur of the moment thoughts, a lot of them are quite specific, because they’re the things which stick out most to me. I’ve written in the past about the business class amenities which matter most to me, for a bit of context on what I pick up on,

It’s especially interesting to compare my China Airlines flight to my flights on EVA Air in the past, given that both airlines are based in Taipei. While I’ve reviewed longhaul flights on EVA Air from Taipei to San Francisco and Taipei to Los Angeles, I’d note that they’ve improved their product even more since then.

With that in mind, here are some of the things which stick out to me about China Airlines’ new 777-300ER business class product:

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Hello, Live From China Airlines Business Class!

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Hello, live from somewhere over the Pacific! As I explained yesterday, I booked a last minute trip to Asia in order to review the business class products on China Airlines and Japan Airlines. I’m extremely excited about this, because both airlines have great seats and onboard wifi, which are my two top priorities on longhaul flights.

I booked the outbound flight on China Airlines’ new 777-300ER using 70,000 Delta SkyMiles, which is a fantastic deal. I’ll have a detailed trip report coming up in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime I figured I’d share some “live” pictures from the flight.

Before I post the pictures, here are my general thoughts about China Airlines’ new business class product:

— The seats are fantastic. They’re reverse herringbone seats with unique finishes, unlike what I’ve seen on other airlines.
— China Airlines charges $21.95 for 24 hours of wifi without data caps, which represents a fantastic value.
— The service has been well intentioned and friendly, though there’s a huge language barrier.
— The food has been better than I was expecting. It’s not Austrian, Qatar, or Turkish in terms of quality, but still pretty good, especially given that this is a late night supper flight.

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Coming Up: China Airlines & Japan Airlines Business Class Reviews!

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As y’all know, my goal for 2016 is to review as many new premium cabin products as I can, especially in business class.

So far this year I’ve reviewed Finnair business class, Air India first class, Iberia business class, LAN business class, Oman Air business class, Air France business class, Avianca business class, Aeromexico business class, Air Canada business class, and South African Airways business class.

Coming up I have reviews of SAS business class, Aeroflot business class, Air Tahiti Nui business class, Fiji Airways business class, Royal Air Maroc business class, China Eastern business class, Saudia business class, Pakistan business class, and Swiss first class.

However, there are two incredibly practical business class products to Asia which I haven’t yet reviewed, and didn’t have any immediate plans to review. I have some days this week there I don’t have any other commitments in terms of where I need to be, so I decided to book a quick trip to review two new products — over the coming days I’ll be flying China Airlines business class and Japan Airlines business class. Let me explain.

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Update On Baby Born On China Airlines Flight To The US

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Last Wednesday I shared the story of a woman giving birth on a China Airlines flight from Taipei to Los Angeles. Once it was clear she was going into labor they diverted the flight to Anchorage, though she still gave birth 30 minutes before landing.

There was even a video on YouTube of the woman giving birth, with the flight attendants at her side helping:

There were some questions which arose after this story surfaced, including:

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Insane Video Of Woman Giving Birth On A Flight

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It’s not uncommon for people to give birth prematurely on planes. However, I don’t recall ever seeing a video of the delivery, up until now.

Last Wednesday, China Airlines flight 8 from Taipei to Los Angeles diverted to Anchorage shortly after a woman gave birth inflight. They made plans to divert to Anchorage when they knew she was going into labor. However, she gave birth about 30 minutes before landing.

Via The Daily Mail:

“After going into labour, the pilot informed the airline company and requested permission to land at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport in Alaska out of consideration for the safety of the woman and her baby.

However 30 minutes before landing, the woman gave birth to the child – and received a round of applause from fellow passengers following the first cry.”

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