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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Need to travel to Europe in July/August for business and found this great business class fare with CI at A$ 5,117.00 return incl. taxes with following itinerary

25/07/08 - CI 054 - A333 - BNE 10:00 AM - TPE 05:00 PM
25/07/08 - CI 061 - A343 - TPE 11:15 PM - FRA 06:50 AM + 1
06/08/08 - CI 062 - A343 - FRA 11:20 AM - TPE 06:25 AM + 1
07/08/08 - CI 053 - A333 - TPE 09:45 PM - BNE 08:20 AM + 1

Have never been on CI but intend to book this flight but would like to hear your comments on my following questions:

1) Safety: I know they had some issues in the past (was it the crash in Nagoya and a few years ago on approach in to TPE and didn't one of their 738 recently burn in Japan ?) but overall has their training and maintenance improved and can this airline be put on the same level as KE (same problems in the past but I really love them these days) ?

2) On Board: Will be on their A333 and A343 in Dynasty Class. Any ideas what I can expect. Did some reading on Skytrax but personal comments always welcomed.

3) TPE: Have a 15 hours layover on the return in TPE. Does CI provide day rooms to business class passengers ? Is it worthwhile to clear customs and go in to Taipei ?

Looking forward to your comments.

Cheers,

BPS3458

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User currently offlineMrBrightSide From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Flew in June '06, A333.

1) You'll be just fine. To me, CI is just as secure as any other B-grade airline (most of American airlines are B-grade or even C-grade in my book).
2) Actually, loved it... by some weird reason, slept like a baby in their seats. IFE was quite good.
3) Taipei is one of cities I love... it is definitely worth to clear customs and visit the city wherever you are (I used to do deliberate 10hr stopovers in HKG en route ZAG-FRA-HKG-TPE - after 35degC/100% Humidity in HKG, 30degC and 90% humidity in Taipei were easy-peasy).

You'll have fun. Research a little, but combine Taipei 101, take a walk to City Hall (5-7mins away) and of course, to Chiang Khai Shek memorial. Subway is fast and efficient way to get around. Cabs are the other, but if you get stuck in traffic...

Alternatively, research one day trips in Taiwan... there is a lot of beautiful places to go around.

P.S. 15 hours at the airport? *Sanity check*. Never ever, and not even then... stay on airport for most of the day... explore, take memorable pictures...
P.P.S. Take an extra T-shirt. Or two.



There's no better way to travel than fly (shameless rip of LH's slogan ;-)
User currently offlineCelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

I confess I am not a CI frequent flyer but had tried one of their new Business class seat once in recent times.
The business class seat, in dark red leather, is not very comfortable for my size (178m, over 110KG) and I did not slept well at all on that flight. On average for CX flight in business, I slept at least 50% of the flight duration.
Service was OK, better than BR (EVA), less so than CX or SQ. It is not how they serve you, it is the hardware that is on offer. Food quality etc is not really top notch. I read with amasement that many people had given credit to CI in flight service but I can assure you, in business class, you are going to be served not by one of the younger and attractive ladies but rather a seasoned FA. As to safety, I really cannot comment too much.
Taipei is a great city. People in Taiwan are really nice but I doubt in 15 hours, you can truly get a good feeling on that.


User currently offlineMrBrightSide From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1564 times:



Quoting Celestar (Reply 2):
(178m, over 110KG)

178 meters? Blimey, how did you fit in the plane?  Wink

(1.89m, 90kg here - so it might have been a difference... I am quite tall, but for some reason seats were good.).



There's no better way to travel than fly (shameless rip of LH's slogan ;-)
User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1563 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
3) TPE: Have a 15 hours layover on the return in TPE. Does CI provide day rooms to business class passengers ? Is it worthwhile to clear customs and go in to Taipei ?

You can now get free 1/2-day tours of the city from the airport. I believe it's not actually even necessary to clear customs (but don't quote me on that -- I've only glanced at the advertising at the airport, since I live here now). It's a good hour into the city from the airport, but if it's your first visit, I'm pretty sure you'll find it an intriguing place. Even a trip to the local grocery store was an enjoyable experience for my mother ... and my parents were amazed at the 7-11's!

Taipei is a truly fascinating city. Taipei 101 is a consistent #1 on tourists' lists (but if the weather's cloudy, it's not worth going up). The SYS and CKS Memorial Halls are worth visiting as well. Otherwise, Hsin Dien or Long Shan Temples can be interesting. If you're here at night, a visit to a nightmarket is always an eye-opener (Shih Lin being the most famous, but not my favorite). Tamshui can be a worthwhile visit if you're interested in older fishing villages (it's accessible by metro).

The airport is pretty dingy, and not somewhere you'd want to stay (you'll be arriving and leaving from Terminal 1).



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

Hi guys,

thanks for the feedback. Have booked my flights on CI and just got their e-mail confirmation. Will make sure to explore Taipei on my return layover. Spent many years living in Asian cities and really look forward to visiting Taipei even though it will only be for 15 hours on my way back.

Cheers from Brisbane,

BPS3458


User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 863 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1497 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
1) Safety: I know they had some issues in the past (was it the crash in Nagoya and a few years ago on approach in to TPE and didn't one of their 738 recently burn in Japan ?) but overall has their training and maintenance improved and can this airline be put on the same level as KE (same problems in the past but I really love them these days) ?

I've flown with China Airlines since before I entered elementary school and did TPE-LAX, TPE-SFO, and TPE-HKG a lot. Even though their record wasn't the best for a few years, I still enjoyed my flights and I felt pretty safe. I'd say their training and maintenance have improved much compared to the old days.

Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
2) On Board: Will be on their A333 and A343 in Dynasty Class. Any ideas what I can expect. Did some reading on Skytrax but personal comments always welcomed.

I'm not sure about A333 or A343 but the new Dynasty Class seats on the B744 (LAX-TPE-LAX) was fantastic! Much better than the older Dynasty seats.

Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
3) TPE: Have a 15 hours layover on the return in TPE. Does CI provide day rooms to business class passengers ? Is it worthwhile to clear customs and go in to Taipei ?

15 hours is enough to go to Taipei (40 minutes one-way) and visit the touristy spots  Smile It'll be fun. Places like Taipei 101 and the downtown/shopping area are worth a visit. Big grin



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1360 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
2) On Board: Will be on their A333 and A343 in Dynasty Class. Any ideas what I can expect. Did some reading on Skytrax but personal comments always welcomed.

The A333 has shell seats that don't lie-flat. Bright side is that you won't be slipping off the seat. The A343 has a slightly older seat. You'll get AVOD in all legs at any rate.



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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1280 times:



Quoting Anonms (Reply 7):
The A333 has shell seats that don't lie-flat

I really not a big fan of lie flat beds as I am 201 cms tall and have not yet found a lie flat bed that really suits my height. I really enjoy the old style business class seats as they are usually more comfortable for my height and the more legroom the better.

Cheers,

BPS3458


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