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China Airlines HKG - TPE (47 Pics)  
User currently offlineSutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 23141 times:

Hey dear, here is my third trip report, hope you will enjoy and please give me some comments, thank you!

My past TR:
Three 5-Star Airlines In 8 Days (102pics)
First Touch Of China Southern MD82 (31 Pics)

As I have 4 days of holiday, I planned to have a short trip to Taipei, which doing some searching, I found that China Airlines is selling its ticket at about HK$1000 excl. taxes, it is a very attractive price comparing CX or Dragonair, and furthermore, many people telling me that CI's service is very good, so I went for it.

In the morning, I took the 8am ferry from my home to the airport (My home just opposite to the HKG airport, next time you fly to HKG you can Hi me during landing or takeoff hyper  Wink
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE01.jpg

After check-in, realize that nothing in the stomach, so had a bowl of BBQ pork rice after the immigration.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE02.jpg

Then went to take some pics around the airport.
First, Finnair A340 in one world livery was going to Helsinki.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE03.jpg

Cathay Pacific's A330-300 in CX's 100th aircraft livery was going to Seoul.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE04.jpg

Continental's B777-200ER
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE05.jpg

Is that you taking me to Taipei? ( airplane : No, I am going to Kaohsiung KHH)
China Airlines' A330-300 is special livery
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE06.jpg

Approaching to Gate 25
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE07.jpg

And my boarding pass, my TA helped me to reserved seat 8A for me, it should be a good seat, stay tune!
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE08.jpg

And this baby would take me to Taipei, China Airlines' B747-400 in Boeing livery.
Is it rare to see two special livery in one photo especially at out-port?
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE09.jpg

19 August 2008

Hong Kong (HKG) -- Taipei (TPE)
Airline: China Airlines
Flight: CI 604
Aircraft: B747-400
Registration: B18210
Seat: 8A (Economy)
Gate: 25

My seat 8A.
Yes, it is a business class seat on the upper deck of B747-400, in HKG - TPE route, the upper deck is sold as Economy.
The seat is comfortable for short trip but compare with the new lie-flat or fully flat bed of other airlines, it is still some room to improve.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE10.jpg

The legroom is quite good.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE11.jpg

Seat belt extension was needed for my size... stretch .
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE12.jpg

During taxing, the main screen would show the front.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE15.jpg

The AVOD remote.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE13.jpg

Other side
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE14.jpg

But I would prefer to use the touch screen, I was watching Kung Fu Panda.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE16.jpg

For 1hr20mins flight, snack was provided, it was Cantonese Dim Sum, the taste was fair only.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE17.jpg

The flight finally parked at gate A6, other passengers are going to disembark.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE18.jpg

Waiting for my luggage, it takes 20 mins.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE19.jpg

Heading to the bus station to go to the hotel
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE20.jpg

4 Days in Taipei:

High Speed Train connecting North and South Taiwan.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE21.jpg

Business class compartment of the train.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE22.jpg

Running at 285 km/h, max. speed is 300km/h.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE23.jpg

Fair in the street. This street is mainly selling computers.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE24.jpg

A funny sign in the Taipei Metro
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE25.jpg

It's time to leave:
After checking in at Terminal 1, I still have 3 hours, so I planned to go to Terminal 2 to take a look.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE26.jpg

In the skytrain
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE27.jpg

Terminal 2:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE28.jpg
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE29.jpg

It's time to board, went back to terminal 1, the flight would board at Gate A7.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE30.jpg

Many people are waiting to board already.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE31.jpg

Looking out from the waiting area, I can spot some flights.
China Airlines' B737-800.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE32.jpg

China Airlines Cargo B747-400F
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE33.jpg

Another China Airlines B737-800
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE34.jpg

Fedex's MD-11
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE35.jpg

China Airlines' B747-400 would be parked at Gate A5
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE36.jpg

China Airlines' A330-300 would be parked at Gate A6
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE37.jpg

My boarding pass.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE38.jpg

This A340-300 would take me back home.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE39.jpg

22 August 2008

Taipei (TPE) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: China Airlines
Flight: CI 615
Aircraft: A340-300
Registration: B18805
Seat: 10B (Economy)
Gate: A7

View from my seat.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE40.jpg

Again outside view from the main screen.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE41.jpg

Legroom is rather...tight
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE42.jpg

Snack time. It's fried rice pasta, not good at all. One more thing, the drink available on HKG - TPE would be tea, coffee or water only.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE43.jpg

Outside view from AVOD, here is the Castle Peak Road.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE44.jpg

We parked at Gate 31.
Row 10 in A340-300 is not good, there are missing windows on both sides, it makes the seats to be tighter.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE45.jpg

After passing thru the self immigration counter, waiting for my luggage, it took about 30 mins, quite abnormal for HKIA.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE46.jpg

Extra:
Volvo B7RLE in Taiwan
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Taipei/TPE47.jpg

Conclusion:
For the service offered by China Airlines, it is far above average. The FA satisfied all the needs of the passengers with smile and in the professional manner. The B747-400 is good and new, it provided a very good environment to travel. However the A340-300 was not good enough, it was hot, I don't know why most of the time I took the A340-300 were hot (4 x CX, 1 x CI), but not the case of A340-500/600. Anyway, if I have the chance to take China Airlines on this route, I would definitely go for a B747-400 because I can take the business class seats on the upper deck, however, due to the short route, aircraft substitution always happen, so good luck everyone!

Thank you for reading my trip report, hope you would enjoy~

14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 23035 times:

I'd say $1000+whatever fees (if that's not too high) is a very good deal, since it's a morning flight. B747-400 is definitely the way to go on TPE-HKG v.v. as the upper deck is always sold as Economy.

You can ask the FA for soft drinks if you need them. They no longer place them on the cart, but they will get it for you in the galley.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23007 times:
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Nice report and pictures of an airline I'd like to fly.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
My seat 8A.
Yes, it is a business class seat on the upper deck of B747-400, in HKG - TPE route, the upper deck is sold as Economy.

- Thanks, good info!

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Row 10 in A340-300 is not good, there are missing windows on both sides

- More good info!

Look forward to more TR's, enjoyed this.

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 22407 times:

Great TR! Thanks for sharing with us. I agree that China Airlines' Dynasty Class seats need improvement to remain competitve, especially since most airlines are offering some form of lie-flat seats on transpacific flights.

User currently offlineSutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 21660 times:

Thanks for the support~

Quoting Coolfish1103 (Reply 1):
You can ask the FA for soft drinks if you need them. They no longer place them on the cart, but they will get it for you in the galley.

Oh really? Because I didn't find any body request drinks other than Tea or Coffee, but anyway, their service is enough of the short flight

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
My seat 8A.
Yes, it is a business class seat on the upper deck of B747-400, in HKG - TPE route, the upper deck is sold as Economy.

- Thanks, good info!

Just find that another Taiwan carrier EVA Air is selling its excl. econ seat of their B747-400 Combi and B777-300ER as economy too


User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month ago) and read 21356 times:

I miss Taipei!!  Yeah sure I haven't been back for such a long time now.  Sad Nice pictures! And I always fly CI whenever I go LAX/SFO-TPEBig grin


I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8184 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 21014 times:

No pics of the CI FAs?? Disappointing.


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User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1279 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20505 times:

Great trip report!! I'm doing TPE-HKG-TPE in December and both trips are on CI's 744s.. Thanks for the info about the upper deck - i have selected those seats on the upper deck online already  Smile So glad I read this.


Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20489 times:



Quoting QantasAirways (Reply 7):
Great trip report!! I'm doing TPE-HKG-TPE in December and both trips are on CI's 744s.. Thanks for the info about the upper deck - i have selected those seats on the upper deck online already Smile So glad I read this.

How many rows were available when you select the seats? You may be on their newest Dynasty Cabin in December.


User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1279 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 20190 times:



Quoting Coolfish1103 (Reply 8):
How many rows were available when you select the seats? You may be on their newest Dynasty Cabin in December.

I've just logged in and had another look.. There are 8 rows available on the upper deck. Does that mean anything to you? I'd be happy just to have a seat on the upper deck!

Cheers,



Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 20065 times:

A very good report, very rarely do I see a B744 on such short routes. I think I need to take far more interest in reading TR's from Taiwan and China LOL, you can really get some good pictures and information to see.  wink 

I liked the pictures of the high speed trains, those were nice as well.



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User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 19968 times:



Quoting QantasAirways (Reply 9):
I've just logged in and had another look.. There are 8 rows available on the upper deck. Does that mean anything to you? I'd be happy just to have a seat on the upper deck!

If it's 6 rows, then you are on the retrofitted cabin.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 10):
A very good report, very rarely do I see a B744 on such short routes. I think I need to take far more interest in reading TR's from Taiwan and China LOL, you can really get some good pictures and information to see. wink

I liked the pictures of the high speed trains, those were nice as well.

744 is often flown between TPE-HKG. Most of the airlines that flies this route that has a 744 usually utilize it in the mornings, namely BR, CI, and CX.


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19531 times:

wow that one world livery on Finnair just looks gorgeous...
Fantastic trip report. thanks a lot for writing it and sharing it with us...


User currently offlineSutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 18372 times:



Quoting QantasAirways (Reply 7):
I'm doing TPE-HKG-TPE in December and both trips are on CI's 744s

Hope you would lucky to take 744s for both legs, as equipment changes are always happened in this short route. Like the date I was traveling, when I booked the flights, there was 4 744s operating in the schedule, but 1 day before I left, only 2 left.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 17256 times:

Hi Sutrakhk,

another great report. While you tried CI, I chose EVA Air for my recent HKG-TPE-HKG flights (744 & A332).

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
In the morning, I took the 8am ferry from my home to the airport (My home just opposite to the HKG airport, next time you fly to HKG you can Hi me during landing or takeoff

Good to know - see you next time.  Wink

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Yes, it is a business class seat on the upper deck of B747-400, in HKG - TPE route, the upper deck is sold as Economy.
The seat is comfortable for short trip but compare with the new lie-flat or fully flat bed of other airlines, it is still some room to improve.

Definitely a much better than the old Evergreen Deluxe cabin on my BR 744.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
During taxing, the main screen would show the front.

Nice feature, BR didn't have that (not even on the A332).

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
For 1hr20mins flight, snack was provided, it was Cantonese Dim Sum, the taste was fair only.

That doesn't look convincing. What's the dark stuff on top?

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
A funny sign in the Taipei Metro

Actually a good idea.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Legroom is rather...tight

Wow, legroom was much better on BR's A332.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Snack time. It's fried rice pasta, not good at all. One more thing, the drink available on HKG - TPE would be tea, coffee or water only.

Again, not a culinary delight, it seems. But BR's spaghetti main course wasn't great, either.  Wink
However, BR served beer.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Row 10 in A340-300 is not good, there are missing windows on both sides, it makes the seats to be tighter.

Horrible row - I should keep that in mind.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 10):
I think I need to take far more interest in reading TR's from Taiwan and China LOL, you can really get some good pictures and information to see.

Just watch out for my reports in the months ahead.


PH



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