is this the cabin refurbishment program reported last year or just an interim? seems they are likely to be using the shelled A343 J seats on the A333 (which as far as I could make out was just a nonshelled version of the A343's at a shorter pitch).Are they putting the newer style A343/333 J seats on the 744 or just increasing the pitch of those horrible 1980s style seats?? The original plan had 9 744s with 3 class cabin and 6 with 2 class being refurbished but they only have 13 744s in the fleet now so anyone konw whats happening?
November 28, 2008, Taipei, Taiwan – To extend its successful ‘CAL sells and MDA flies’ business model, China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines (MDA) will launch Premium Economy Class service on flights between Kaohsiung and Manila, and between Kaohsiung and Seoul, and on flights between Taipei and Yangon, starting on December 1, 2008. From that date, passengers can enjoy more comfortable and superior service on those routes by upgrading to Premium Economy Class with a one-way surcharge of just NT$1,000.
Embraer E190 jets will serve Kaohsiung – Manila, Kaohsiung – Seoul, and Taipei – Yangon routes, in cabin configuration of eight seats in Premium Economy and 96 seats in Economy. The new Premium Economy Class will provide priority luggage service, in-flight seat selection in the first or second row, various magazines and newspapers, selected wines and gourmet main course meals that reach Business Class standards. Mandarin Airlines operates a fleet of 12 aircraft, including seven Embraer E190 jets at an average age of just one year.
In addition, China Airlines has repitched the Business Class seats in select Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A330-300s. Starting in September 2008, some 747-400 Business Classes were refitted to 49 seats with a seat pitch that extends to 60 inches, and a recline angle of 140 degrees. The refitted 747-400 aircraft will operate on the Taipei – Los Angeles route. And beginning in November 2008, some A330-300 Business Classes were refitted to 30 seats with a seat pitch of 63 inches and a recline angle of 166 degrees. The refitted A330-300s will operate primarily on the routes between Taipei and Abu Dhabi, Vienna, Sydney, Brisbane, Delhi, Tokyo and Hawaii.