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Typhoon Saola On China Airlines 747 Bangkok-Taiwan  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20545 times:


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Last week I visited Taipei for 5 days, just returned yesterday. This was my first time in Taiwan. A friend of mine I’ve known from back in San Francisco was in Taiwan for the summer. I decided to go and visit her and do some sightseeing around Taiwan. I’m partial to Thai Airways but they only use A330s to Taipei now and China Airlines uses 747s and EVA only uses 777s. All three airlines were roughly the same price. All three are great airlines so if given the choice, I’m going to go for the carrier that is using the 747.
What was interesting is that buying my ticket directly from the airline’s websites were significantly cheaper than all of the travel websites such as Expedia, Cheaptickets, and LastminuteTravel. They were all quoting prices that were 3 times higher than what the Thai, EVA and China Airlines sites were quoting.

Ticket purchase, check-in and seat selection all went superbly without a hitch. The lady at the check-in counter offered me an exit row at no extra charge but I declined. The exit row seat has no hip room and are very uncomfortable unless you’re super skinny so I kept my seat of 56A.
The flight was full and the China Airlines at Suvanumbumi staff managed to load that 747 in record time – less than 10 minutes. This was on one of their new interior 747s B-18203. These are equipped with PTVs.




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We push back on time and off we go. No delays. The flight was very turbulent but not as bad as the return flight. The service was good; the food was so, so. I drank lots of champagne instead.


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Listening to the Carpenters to keep my mind off of the heavy turbulence.
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I wish I could have got a photo but in flight, we had an Air Asia A320 pass right underneath us over Vietnam. It was extremely close. We were headed east and the Air Asia A320 was headed south. It looked to be within 1000 feet of our plane. That’s not good when you can clearly read the letters on an aircraft flying perpendicular to yours. Throughout the flight, the pilot had to maneuver around several cirrocumulus clouds. When descending in to Taipei, there were white crest on the waves in the ocean that was evident of very windy weather. The landing was rather bumpy as well. Despite all of the maneuvering throughout the flight, we still managed to land ahead of schedule.







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Deplaning, currency exchange and customs control went without a hitch and my friend was already waiting and we headed in to town on an airport shuttle bus. I was taken back at how clean & orderly Taiwan is. Checked in to my hotel in the Jingan district.



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Immediately started to do some sightseeing; temples, restaurants, shops and other typical touristy stuff. Had lots of good Taiwanese & Chinese food that I can’t get in Bangkok. Now I’m always up for trying something new to eat but I draw the line at stinky tofu! My goodness, this stuff smells awful! I had to pass on this dish.






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It was time to unwind and test the amenities of this hotel....

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The following day we went on the Maokong Gondolas. That was awesome! Offers great views of Taipei and is very quiet. Nothing but the sounds of wind and birds chirping. Had my best meal of this trip atop of this mountain.

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Top of Taipei
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Had to visit Taipei 101.

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No passing gas?
How is this enforced?
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Rode on the high speed rail line to Taichung.
Would have ridden it further south if I had more time.

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Taiwan countryside
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Taichung looked kind of boring so I got back on the train and headed back to Taipei.
Taichung
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Has standing on toilets ever been a problem in Taiwan?

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Taipei 101 in the daylight.
Early stages of typhoon Saola forming.

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Taipei has an extensive underground subway network. It’s very clean, runs frequently and I like that they don’t wrap their trains with tacky advisements like some cities do. I like the bare metal trains’ with a clean cheatline running horizontally.

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Time to fly back home.
Took a taxi to the airport and check-in went smooth.

I may want to try this airline some day.
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Airport is going through some sort of renovations but I hope they keep this neat looking decoration in their departure terminal.


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The return flight to Bangkok was on B-18202 which still has the older interior. I found the older interior to be more comfortable as it has the padded head support. My seat was broken but it was to my advantage because the seat recline almost 180 degrees. Luckily the person behind me was a baby - that didn’t cry. No need to worry about taking away his leg room.


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We push back on time but taxiing to the run way was very slow. The storm didn’t seem like it was letting up. We sat at the beginning of the runway for about 5 minutes before the pilot decided to go for it and takeoff. On the takeoff roll, the crosswinds were intense and at rotation, the turbulence was very strong.

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The entire flight was turbulent which interrupted meal service. Thought-out the flight, the pilot had to change altitude and change course. I didn’t get a chance to fall asleep in the best coach seat in the house.

On several occasions our plane dropped and my coffee spilled all over the place. This flight was not fun at all by the China Airlines crew were very professional and the crappy weather didn’t effect their level of great service.





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Even on final approach to BKK, the turbulence & crosswinds were intense and seemed like we were about to do a go around but luckily the pilot put the plane down about halfway down the runway and we zigzagged down the runway until we came to a complete stop.

Everything was going uneventful with deplaning and going through customs.
After customs, going through the ‘Nothing To Declare’ line was nuts!   
The officer just decided to accuse me, two other people from my flight and a young family from Taiwan for smuggling in fruit and thought that we were United Airlines employees up to no good. We really didn’t understand him at first because he was screaming at us in broken English. He was accusing all 10 of us of smuggling in fruit to Thailand. Never mind the fact that the United Airlines flight comes in 12 hours later. We kept showing him our ticket stub from China Airlines but he didn’t believe any of us. He didn’t bother going through our luggage our anything. He just assumed that we all had some sort of forbidden fruit. Come on now! Do I look like the kind of guy that would smuggle in fruit?!?!?
We just went to another officer that let us through. That whole ordeal was just nuts!
Oh well.
Then as I get home, I read on the news that Taiwan is being hit by a major typhoon which had already claimed one life and toll keeps on rising. The airports had already been closed shortly after our takeoff. We made it out in a nick of time. I wish all the best to those that are affected by typhoon Saola.

As for Air China, I ‘like’ Air China.  
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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20504 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

Nice TR Larry.

I think the no standing on the toilet signs are for the old timers who are used to crapping in a hole, not a toliet. I've seen those signs in China.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20479 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 1):
I think the no standing on the toilet signs are for the old timers who are used to crapping in a hole, not a toliet. I've seen those signs in China.

I figured that was the case. I was just having a little fun with the sign.
I had to use those during the floods last year.

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User currently offlinefoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 20276 times:

Thanks for sharing the report! The last time I went back to Taiwan was 10 years ago. The pictures make me all nostalgic.  
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Has standing on toilets ever been a problem in Taiwan?

A lot of people were taught to squat on public toilets because they want to avoid touching toilet seats.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Listening to the Carpenters to keep my mind off of the heavy turbulence.

The last time I flew CI, they didn't have PTV in coach.   

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Now I’m always up for trying something new to eat but I draw the line at stinky tofu! My goodness, this stuff smells awful! I had to pass on this dish.

The smell and the taste are completely different. I love stinky tofu!!! It's the one dish I miss the most from Shi-lin night market. I'm not sure why but the Taiwanese restaurant in LA are calling is "fermented tofu" now.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Rode on the high speed rail line to Taichung.
Would have ridden it further south if I had more time.

I haven't even ride on the HSR yet! I'm the only Taiwanese I know who hasn't been on it yet. Haha!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I may want to try this airline some day.

I flew from TSA to TNN very frequently when EF flew that route. Oh the good old days of domestic flights pre-HSR era. Haha!

[Edited 2012-08-03 17:33:55]


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User currently offlinekazim786 From UK - England, joined Apr 2011, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 20035 times:

Great trip report!

I normally enjoy flying through turbulence but this seemed pretty terrifying.  


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19094 times:

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
The last time I went back to Taiwan was 10 years ago.


You're overdue for a return trip.

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
The last time I flew CI, they didn't have PTV in coach.


They're in the process of updating their interiors.

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
The smell and the taste are completely different.


I don't care. I was not going to kiss my friend after she ate that stuff.

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
I'm not sure why but the Taiwanese restaurant in LA are calling is "fermented tofu" now.


Leave it to those fruits & nuts in California to complicate things. I'm sure someone with too much time on their hands was 'offended' by the term "stinky".
I can't think of a better way to describe it. That stuff stinks!

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
I haven't even ride on the HSR yet! I'm the only Taiwanese I know who hasn't been on it yet. Haha!


Give it a ride. Pay an extra $6 for the business class seats. They're very comfortable.

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
I flew from TSA to TNN very frequently when EF flew that route. Oh the good old days of domestic flights pre-HSR era. Haha!


How are the flight attendants on FAT?
Are they...fat?

Quoting kazim786 (Reply 4):
I normally enjoy flying through turbulence but this seemed pretty terrifying.


I have a moderate tolerance for turbulence but this flight had me on edge. I may get flamed for this but I'd much rather be on a 747 instead of a A330 flying through a tropical storm.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8495 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18945 times:
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Nice report & pictures, not many CI reports posted here.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The service was good; the food was so, so. I drank lots of champagne instead.

- Champagne in Y?

Taiwan is on my list of places to visit so thanks for the pictures.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinefoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 18525 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
How are the flight attendants on FAT?
Are they...fat?

HAHA!    Nice.
TSA to TNN is only about a 45-minute ride so not much service. The flight attendants are of CI and BR 's standards.  

Well, thanks for sharing the trip report.   I'll start skipping a few meals to fly back.



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User currently offlinebennator From Singapore, joined Mar 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 18109 times:

Nice trip report. I've only been on CI 744s without the PTVs, so it's nice to see the improvement. I really like their A333s though.

The turbulence looks no fun. I've flown in and out of TPE, KHH, and HKG during typhoon weather, and it's no fun. I know turbulence isn't dangerous per se, but it really puts me on edge when you're bouncing around from takeoff until landing. It also makes doing anything like eating, going to the bathroom, etc. much more difficult. Plus, it's no fun being in clouds all the way up to FL400; nothing to see but gray skies.

Also, I must mention (for next time) that Taichung is a great place. It doesn't have the tourist sites of Taipei, but it's more relaxed, and more art-y. It also has Taiwan's best night market. The big problem is transportation. The HSR station is a ways out of town, requiring a bus or local train ride in. The city just started work on its metro system, without which local transit relies on buses that are very often stuck in traffic (it's hell to drive through too). I hope it's much better when the metro opens in 2015?


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 18080 times:

great report. CI service seems to be pritty good on a relativly short flight!
Also Taiwan is on the higher part of my to do list of Asia!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Come on now! Do I look like the kind of guy that would smuggle in fruit?!?!?

sorry to say, but yes you do  

[Edited 2012-08-04 20:19:13]


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User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17873 times:

Glad you had a good trip, but for the turbulence!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17857 times:

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 3):
I love stinky tofu!!!

I thought the photo had loaded in my thread starter.
I'm not much of a fan of tofu anyway. It's ok if it's added to a dish such as pad thai but I would never make a meal off of tofu.

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Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
- Champagne in Y?

Or it could have been sparkling wine. It wasn't the expensive stuff that you get in first class or business.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Taiwan is on my list of places to visit so thanks for the pictures.

Riding the gondola, the HSR and Taipei 101 is a must.

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 7):
Well, thanks for sharing the trip report. I'll start skipping a few meals to fly back.

China Airlines seems to be offereing the best deals across the Pacific.
Several of my friends that's visited me here in Bangkok from the US has flown Air China via Taipei from SFO and LAX.

Quoting bennator (Reply 8):
Plus, it's no fun being in clouds all the way up to FL400; nothing to see but gray skies.

That's for sure.

Quoting bennator (Reply 8):
I must mention (for next time) that Taichung is a great place. It doesn't have the tourist sites of Taipei, but it's more relaxed, and more art-y.

I'll keep that in mind next time. I had to get beck to Taipei to see my friend's performance. She plays a guzheng.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 9):
sorry to say, but yes you do

Damn!   




This sign should be on trains and restaurants EVERYWHERE!
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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 16764 times:
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Good Job, nice report and pics.

I'm just curious, did you have to go downstairs to get to the gate room at A4? From my only trip through TPE so far, back in 2006, I took the A340 torture mobile from Tpe to the old Bkk airport and i remember we had to descend the stairs to get to the gate room. I also recall that the D gates were a complete departure from the A gates. Going to the D gates was like walking into the lobby of a luxury hotel with plush carpeting and marble. The A gates were more like a college dormitory with worn wood floors and shops everywhere.

Finally, vis-a-vis flying through the typhoon, I wonder how many flights here would have been canceled before a storm like that even arrived? Yet in Asia, they fly right through those things, amazing.

Anyway, good job.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16267 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
but I draw the line at stinky tofu!

I draw the line at tofu too.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
That was awesome! Offers great views of Taipei and is very quiet.

That looks nice, I didn't know they had anything like that there. I always enjoy a ride on stuff like that.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Taipei 101 in the daylight.

talk about population density, the exact opposite of Detroit.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
On several occasions our plane dropped and my coffee spilled all over the place

I hate when that happens.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Do I look like the kind of guy that would smuggle in fruit?!?!?

fruit no... alcoholic beverages yes...

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 1):
I think the no standing on the toilet signs are for the old timers who are used to crapping in a hole, not a toliet

I saw a hippy standing on a toilet at a bar one, in Michigan. It was at a sad bar with no stall door and I walked around the corner to go into the stall and there he was.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 15768 times:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 12):
did you have to go downstairs to get to the gate room at A4?

Yes I did but I took the elevator because I was lazy.  
Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 12):
I took the A340 torture mobile

?????
What is that?

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 12):
Finally, vis-a-vis flying through the typhoon, I wonder how many flights here would have been canceled before a storm like that even arrived? Yet in Asia, they fly right through those things, amazing.

It got to the point where the airport shut down just after my takeoff.
When I got home just 4 hours after departing Taipei, Yahoo had already reported that TPE has cancelled all flights.
Perhaps someone with more techincal knowledge can explan to me if aircraft type is factored in to any of this? Those 747s seem to be able to flight through just about anything.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
That looks nice, I didn't know they had anything like that there. I always enjoy a ride on stuff like that.

It is one of the highlights of Taipei.
They closed it just a few hours later and was shut down the rest of my trip due to high winds and rain.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
talk about population density, the exact opposite of Detroit.

...and much safer too!

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
fruit no... alcoholic beverages yes...

  



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User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15719 times:

Hi,

Nice TR, however a small remark. 1000ft( 304meters) between planes isn't THAT much you know. So it's quite normal to be able to read the letters then on a plane.



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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 15538 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 14):
Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 12): I took the A340 torture mobile
?????
What is that?

The China Airlines A340-300 I flew on from Taipei-Bangkok was probably the most physically uncomfortable plane I've ever flown on. There was so little padding in the seats that I could feel the ribbed frame of the seat under me. At that time, CI was using the A340-300 to fly Taipei to Seattle and I couldn't imagine spending 12 hours in one of those seats. After four hours my rear end was aching from the experience. Don't even get me started on the pre-historic PTVs on that thing, I spent probably half the flight trying to make it work properly before I finally just gave up.

Overall though, I really liked CI, the food was good, the service was good, I'd fly them again, just not on one of their A340-300s.



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User currently offlineintothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 15459 times:

Nice trip report Superfly, looks like China Airlines is worth trying. I have been too conservative always flying around South East Asia with the likes of SQ and TG.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
As for Air China, I ‘like’ Air China.

I think you mean China Airlines here ey  


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15073 times:

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 15):
1000ft( 304meters) between planes isn't THAT much you know. So it's quite normal to be able to read the letters then on a plane.


I was thinking the Air Asia pilots must have read my last trip report and were out to get me.  
Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 16):
There was so little padding in the seats that I could feel the ribbed frame of the seat under me.


I had that experience on a Mexicana A320 (SFO-MEX) back in 2000. That was no fun.

Quoting intothinair (Reply 17):
I have been too conservative always flying around South East Asia with the likes of SQ and TG.


Same here. Normally I fly with them but Thai was using a smaller plane on that route.
I wouldn't want to fly China Airlines long-haul. They're fine for flights under 3 hours.

Quoting intothinair (Reply 17):
I think you mean China Airlines here ey


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14695 times:

Hello Superfly,

Very nice report about China Airlines and Taiwan.

My first experience with the airline has been in 2006. Perhaps, I should consider flying CI again sometime.  


Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
A friend of mine I’ve known from back in San Francisco was in Taiwan for the summer.

A good excuse to visit Taiwan. I should make up my own excuse to go there.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
All three airlines were roughly the same price. All three are great airlines so if given the choice, I’m going to go for the carrier that is using the 747.

Nothing beats The Queen of The Sky.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
What was interesting is that buying my ticket directly from the airline’s websites were significantly cheaper than all of the travel websites such as Expedia, Cheaptickets, and LastminuteTravel.

So why bother enlisting the service of the travel websites?

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I drank lots of champagne instead.

Cool! CI is among the few airlines serving champagne in Economy.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Hotel lobby

Interesting design for a hotel in Taipei.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I draw the line at stinky tofu! My goodness, this stuff smells awful! I had to pass on this dish.

Hmm, maybe I should try stinky tofu myself.  


Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Top of Taipei

You can see Taipei 101 in the far distance.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
No passing gas?
How is this enforced?

Smell detector? 


Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
My seat was broken but it was to my advantage because the seat recline almost 180 degrees. Luckily the person behind me was a baby - that didn’t cry.

Lie-flat Economy seat for your own convenience. 


Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The officer just decided to accuse me, two other people from my flight and a young family from Taiwan for smuggling in fruit and thought that we were United Airlines employees up to no good.

What a “warm” welcome to Land of Smiles.   


Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Never mind the fact that the United Airlines flight comes in 12 hours later.

The officer’s been jet-lagging already and he did not even fly!


Thanks a lot for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14525 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Nothing beats The Queen of The Sky.


That's for sure!
The 747 wins out when ever I have choices on a route and the prices aren't that big of a difference. The only exception is if there is an opportunity to fly on something rare like an IL-96 or something.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
So why bother enlisting the service of the travel websites?


Many people don't even bother looking at the different airline websites. Many go to those travel sites and/or LCC sites and book their ticket without even looking at the prices offered directly from the major carriers.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Cool! CI is among the few airlines serving champagne in Economy.


It could have been sparkling wine. I'm not a champagne / sparkling wine connoisseur. I prefer red wine but I'm more of a beer and cocktails kind of guy.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Interesting design for a hotel in Taipei.


The lobby was run down but the rooms were nice. It's in a residential area. Nothing to rave about really.



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12867 times:

OK I'LL ASK: what is with that electric chair in your hotel?  

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days ago) and read 12336 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 21):
OK I'LL ASK: what is with that electric chair in your hotel?

That is a seat reserved for bad girls...



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User currently offlinerwsea From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12105 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing! Taipei has been on my list for awhile and it seems like a nice place to visit.

Did you see the business class on these planes? I ask because the flight you were on is a continuation of AMS-BKK-TPE operated on a 747. I am flying to BKK later this year and CI is offering very attractive business class fares. If you (or anyone else) can comment on the business class seats/service, I'd much appreciate it!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11941 times:

Quoting rwsea (Reply 23):
CI is offering very attractive business class fares.


Take it!   
I can't comment on their business class service but business class is always better than coach.
I saw the business class section for a second while boarding. Looked nice to me.



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 11844 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
Quoting comorin (Reply 21):
OK I'LL ASK: what is with that electric chair in your hotel?

That is a seat reserved for bad girls...

Ah, a 'loveseat' ?


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 26, posted (1 year 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 11538 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 25):
Ah, a 'loveseat' ?



A loveseat in a Love shack...

Honestly, it was a pleasant surprise.  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 27, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10265 times:

Hi Superfly,

nice report, good to hear about your CI experience. I flew on a CI 744 on the same route earlier this year and wasn't satisfied at all. Old interior, below-average food, unimpressive service. I'll soon post a report.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
What was interesting is that buying my ticket directly from the airline’s websites were significantly cheaper than all of the travel websites such as Expedia, Cheaptickets, and LastminuteTravel. They were all quoting prices that were 3 times higher than what the Thai, EVA and China Airlines sites were quoting.

That's what I noticed, too. Actually I was quite shocked about the prices on the travel websites.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

Ticket purchase, check-in and seat selection all went superbly without a hitch.

I can only agree.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
On several occasions our plane dropped and my coffee spilled all over the place.

I experienced a similar situation on SriLankan while cruising over the Bay of Bengal.


PH



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 28, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10106 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Old interior, below-average food, unimpressive service.


The old interior was more comfortable than the new one since it has the headrest support.
New PTVs don't add to comfort, it just adds entertainment.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
That's what I noticed, too. Actually I was quite shocked about the prices on the travel websites.


I wonder how many travellers ever bother to go directly to an airline website to just look and see what they're charging. So many people rely on Cheaptickets, Expedia and other travels sites and/or go directly to websites of airlines that call themselves 'low cost' (cough cough - Air Asia) even though they're not.
When friends & co-workers I know that travel locally fly that KL based 'discount carrier',
I often ask what was the discount compared to Thai, Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian, EVA, Philippines Airlines, etc, they often just respond with; "Oh those airlines are expensive so we didn't even to check".   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
I experienced a similar situation on SriLankan while cruising over the Bay of Bengal.


We get some intense tropical storms here which can lead to very turbulent flights.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 29, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days ago) and read 9426 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
I wonder how many travellers ever bother to go directly to an airline website to just look and see what they're charging. So many people rely on Cheaptickets, Expedia and other travels sites and/or go directly to websites of airlines that call themselves 'low cost' (cough cough - Air Asia) even though they're not.
When friends & co-workers I know that travel locally fly that KL based 'discount carrier',
I often ask what was the discount compared to Thai, Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian, EVA, Philippines Airlines, etc, they often just respond with; "Oh those airlines are expensive so we didn't even to check"

That shows what you can achieve with aggressive marketing. Another example, at least in Germany, are big electronics chains. Many people assume that they get the best price for anything there which is certainly not true.


PH



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 30, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9389 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
That shows what you can achieve with aggressive marketing. Another example, at least in Germany, are big electronics chains. Many people assume that they get the best price for anything there which is certainly not true.



That is very true. In cities where Air Asia flies, the have hip & flashy advertisements along side other hip fashionable brands such as Samsung, Apple, Red Bull, Pepsi, Heineken, Coach, BMW, Toyota as well as fashionable clothing, shoes, makeup, perfume etc. That airline has fantastic advertising but that's all they offer.
I rarely see any China Airlines or EVA advertisements here in Bangkok. Same for all other airlines that serve BKK.
The only noticeable airline advertisements I see here is Air Asia. Seems like only us airline enthusiast are the ones that pay any attention to the better alternatives.




As far as the electronics stores, it's the same in the US. I often like the smaller electronics stores over the big box chains because they often carry a superior line of products at the boutique electronics stores. I bought my Denon DP-47 turntable and Sumiko Blue Point phono cartridge from a small electronics store in San Francisco. The best Denon turntable sold at Best Buy was their bottom of the line that looked like a toy. The only phono cartridges they sold was junk made by Audio-Technica that a only a beginner DJ would use. I'm not a DJ, I just want quality audio that delivers the best sound from my LPs for my own listening pleasure. The high-end boutique stores also has the better brands such as VIP, Niles, McIntosh, Audio Research, Tannoy etc.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 31, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8175 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Many people don't even bother looking at the different airline websites. Many go to those travel sites and/or LCC sites and book their ticket without even looking at the prices offered directly from the major carriers.

An useful lesson for everyone!   


Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
It could have been sparkling wine. I'm not a champagne / sparkling wine connoisseur.

Even sparkling wine is hardly served on most airlines' Economy Class. So, CI is just worth mentioning.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
I'm more of a beer and cocktails kind of guy.

Singha, Tiger, Singapore Sling, how I miss Southeast Asia...



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7832 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
An useful lesson for everyone!



Agreed and the major airlines really need to emphasize that.
Air Asia is the Ryan Air of Asia yet people beat up on Ryan Air, yet praise Air Asia. I don't get it.   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Singha, Tiger, Singapore Sling, how I miss Southeast Asia...



Was that a joke?
You live in The Netherlands, yet you miss Singha and Tiger?!?!?!?!  
You're surrounded by all of that great beer in Europe, yet prefer Singha. THAT is strange! 
They beer I like here is Chang classic and Leo.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 33, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7808 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 32):
Air Asia is the Ryan Air of Asia yet people beat up on Ryan Air, yet praise Air Asia. I don't get it.  

AirAsia is the role model of all low cost carriers! I have flown AirAsia thrice and never been disappointed. I have to admit that I never flew Ryanair, but I don't feel I have missed anything.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 32):
Was that a joke?
You live in The Netherlands, yet you miss Singha and Tiger?!?!?!?!   

Oh, I forgot to mention Bintang and I am not joking!   


Quoting Superfly (Reply 32):
You're surrounded by all of that great beer in Europe, yet prefer Singha. THAT is strange!

All right, I love Belgian Kasteel beer. But, that's it! Don't talk about Heineken! The brand is soooo boring!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 32):
They beer I like here is Chang classic and Leo.

Good to know! I will keep it in mind for my next visit.  



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 34, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 7704 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
AirAsia is the role model of all low cost carriers!

No way. That award goes to Southwest.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Oh, I forgot to mention Bintang and I am not joking!

Sounds like you perfer really light beer.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Don't talk about Heineken! The brand is soooo boring!

Agreed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Good to know! I will keep it in mind for my next visit.

They are strong beers.  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7245 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
No way. That award goes to Southwest.

Your enthousiasm makes me want to try Southwest myself.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
Sounds like you perfer really light beer.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
They are strong beers.  

Both light and strong actually! As long as it's local and not Heineken!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
Agreed!

  



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 36, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Your enthousiasm makes me want to try Southwest myself.


I've found that Southwest is best during a major news story.
I've had captains and crew that's claimed the names of OJ Simpson, Judge Lance Ito, Kenneth Star, Monica Lewinsky, Kim Kardashian, Tiger Woods and it's all fun & games.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Both light and strong actually! As long as it's local and not Heineken!



The best Asian beer I would have one month later in Cambodia.

Guns, Beer & Rickshaws; Thai 737-400 To Phnom Penh (by Superfly Sep 17 2012 in Trip Reports)



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