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Would You Fly China Airlines?  
User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3809 times:

I need to fly to Jakarta with a stopover in Taiwan to see some friends there. I researched fares, and China Airlines was the winner saving about $300 over EVA Air.

I am somewhat of a risk taker in life (I ride a motorcycle, play the stock market, flew once on Tower Air  Laugh out loud ), yet I don't have a death wish either. I've heard the horror stories of taxiway takeoffs, hitting snow banks, and turning a brand new 747 into a boat at Kai Tak.

But isn't flying CI still safer than car (or even motorcycle) travel? Better question: would YOU fly on them? Or spend the extra $300 to fly EVA?

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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

I'd fly on them. No questions asked.

So what if they took off on a taxiway, had a mid-air explosion on a 747 and suffered mishaps at Kaitak? Still safer than driving, or swimming, or shagging Elbonian sheep....

But I bet the consensus of airliners.net forum members might not agree with me  Big grin

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Ive flown with them when i was young and found it great.

I would still fly them today.

CI seems to be the cheapest airline right now to fly anywhere to Asia.

drew



AMS-LAX-MNL
User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3764 times:

I think I will probably be flying them in January from LAX to Thailand. Along with Phillipine Airlines, they have the cheapest fare. I have no problem flying them. The only reason I keep looking for other flights is I want to find an airline where I could get miles for either CO or Star Alliance. It is just too long of a flight not to get miles for.

User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

At the end of the day, it's a national airline, with aircraft that can fly ... every airline has there incidents, and fortunately tragedy doesn't strike too often so you shouldn't let it bother you  Smile
Regards,
Shaun



All together or not at all
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

While even a flight on CI is safer than any automobile trip.... that does little to ease the psychological torture of stepping into one of their aircraft.

I would never fly them, NEVER.

No amount of money-saved would be worth clinching a seat and jumping at every sound for hours on end.


User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

have done loads of times!

i even was booked on one of their A300's 2 days after one went off the track and into the drink at hong kong! (nervy)

id still fly em though cant beat the buzz!

Ryan



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User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3635 times:

It's all a question of risk. I suppose statistically you're more likely to be involved in an accident with them than some other airlines. But then again you're more likely to be killed in a car accident than on a China Airlines aircraft!

User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

I flew on Korean in the early 90's, even though they didn't have the greatest safety record. People said that I shouldn't, but the chances of something happening were so little, and remain so low, that I wouldn't bother with worrying about it.

User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

I thought it was a 747-400 that went into the water at Kai Tak, only a few months off the assembly line. Or did they do it TWICE?!?

ConcordeBoy - surely the Concorde is more risky to fly than CI, and I'm sure you wouldn't pass up that chance!


User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

I'm a survivor of Korean Air, so I think I could manage CI.  Laugh out loud

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19220 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

Yes I would. In fact, I'd fly on any airline and indeed any aircraft.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

>Yes I would. In fact, I'd fly on any airline and indeed any aircraft

Really?

How about a Comet 1 or a Tu-144? Pretty risky flights, those.  Smile


User currently offlineSIN747 From Singapore, joined Aug 2003, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

I've flown both several times. BR is a world class carrier both from the standpoint of their in-flight service standards and also as relates the money they are spending on flight operations proficiency. We can all recite many (too many relative to other carriers) incidents/accidents involving CI. So, the obvious question...if they are capable of so many mishaps that we are aware of, how many other close calls have they had that we don't know about?

statistically, you'll make it on CI, but for my $300, it isn't even close. I'd go BR!


User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

I would, and I am flying with China Airlines. I personally don't think its as serious as many would believe.

Tomorrow, I'll be on CI 002 (TPE-HNL).

It'll be my first time flying China Airlines long-haul in 14 years. I've flown with EVA Air for the past 9 years.

-alexchao


User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

I went ahead and booked on CI...I will give a trip report later. Wish me luck!

User currently offlineMonarch From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 362 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

You will be fine! When the Lord wants you he will take you and always live life to the full as we are not promised for tomorrow!

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Yeah. I'd go with ConcordeBoy and say I would never, ever board a CI flight.

I'd take EVA if I needed a Taiwanese carrier for some reason.

N


User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

I don't recall who it was who said something to the effect:

"Till your time comes, nothing can kill you and when your time comes nothing can save you."

So go right ahead fly China Airlines - their planes look beautiful anyway.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

I would fly ANY airline.
I would fly ANY aircraft.

I feel I am more at risk driving my own car at ANY given time.

Because:

When I'm flying, I'm surrounded by professionals.
When I'm driving, I'm surrounded by IDIOTS.

Enough said, I think

Peter


User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

I would love to fly China airlines!

I might hestitate to fly older airplanes on small airlines (airlines that have a couple aircraft) in Asia, Africa, and South America.


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19220 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3177 times:

"How about a Comet 1 or a Tu-144?"

Yep, more the merrier.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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