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CI NYC-Asia First Class Only $1750(rt), But, But,  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

China Airlines is now offering a roundtrip first class fare of only US$1750(plus applicable taxes) from New York JFK to points in Asia. This is available from September 1.

A quite remarkable deal, since normal coach tickets are about $1000.

I just booked a FC seat on 9/9. On that particular day, they use a 747-400, instead of the usual A340s... so I should have to worry about their A340 pilots, right? (remember the ANC incident?)

Here's the "but, but" part.... is it, well, safe? Or should I plan on getting some extra coverage?(if you know what I mean)



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User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

by the way, for comparison purposes, Cathay Pacific charges more than double that amount for business class from JFK HKG.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Do you value your money or your life more? Ask yourself that question.

They are discounting fares, even in Taiwan, to get people to fly them.

Also, does this $1750 fare give you FF miles/points? Most of the super-cheap fares from Asian carriers do not qualify for miles/points.


User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Considering the accident they recently had, I'd expect them t be safer. It's always good to fly an airline that's had a recent crash, because they control everything more, and they offer better service and prices. Everything will be fine flying on CI now.

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

I wish I had your confidence Jj; the 742 incident highlighted another issue which I had assumed CAL were pretty OK on: maintenance. I heard a big promise when Christine Tung took over about the way safety was going to change at CAL, and then a few months later, we heard about the A340 incident.

That said, I'd probably go for this offer; CAL it may be, but First Class should be very nice (and even with CAL, your chances of a serious accident are fairly negligible). However, I wouldn't worry about FFPs; once with CAL is quite enough . . .


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

Is it true that CI's new First Class product (sleeper beds a la SQ, CX, BA, UA) is currently only available on the A340? If that is the case, flying the A340 would definitely be a much more comfortable experience.

Great that the F class ticket is so cheap. I think you can use the savings from the ticket to buy yourself some travel insurance.... in case anything happens.



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User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Where did you see that price listed?

Im thinking about getting some of those tickets for my wife and myself.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

All the perceptions of CAL aside, it is really an airline that provides excellent in-flight service. I have flown them more than I should have within the last decade, enough for anyone to go "eeew, really...?".

But they really aren't not that bad. I have to agree with that statement about there has never been a safer time to fly CAL because of the media glare on the company, they cannot afford to fail anymore.

So you can rest assure that you would be flying on one of the safest airline at the moment. Plus, $1750 for a F Class ticket is a STEAL! I would grab it! The 744s do not have suites but they do have the 180deg recline sleepers.



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