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China Airlines

Wed Jul 28, 1999 7:57 am

What do you all think about China Airlines and there service, is it good? I need info. on CAL.

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RE: China Airlines

Wed Jul 28, 1999 11:58 am


I flew them last year between Kaohsiung and Taipei CKS Airport and found them to be quite good. When you board the aircraft they have relaxing Chinese theme music playing, a pleasant plum blossom scent emanates the cabin also.
Inflight the overhead color LCD monitors show short feature film and flight progress.

On International routes, I've heard their First Class, Dynasty Class and Economy Class service to be very good. They post their menus on their website at http://www.china-airlines.com

They have come a long way with training as well with Lufthansa contracted out to assist them along with more foreign pilots being hired.

They fly an extensive route network from Taipei and Kaohsiung. To Europe they fly to Zurich, Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam. Stopping at Abu Dhabi or Bangkok. They have a very large SE Asia network, alog with routes to Australia/NZ. They fly to Japan, Vancouver, SFO, LAX, HNL, JFK.

Subsidiary Mandarin Airlines (flies 747-400s, SPs and MD-11s on certain Europe, North America, South Pacific routes) recently completed the purchase of Formosa Airlines which operates domestically with F-100s and F-50/Saab340Bs. Their fleet will be repainted into the Mandarin colors and maintain their current route structure with some refinements to feed their Taipei CKS and Sungshan Domestic airport hub.

An order will be announced in the coming days for new equipment that will be replacing their A300, 747-200F and possibly their MD-11 fleet. This order will be for 7 A340-300 with 5 on option, a MOU for 7 A330-300HGW with 5 on option, 13 747-400F with 3 on option and a few additional 737-800s.

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RE: China Airlines

Wed Jul 28, 1999 1:15 pm

I think China Airlines is not safe because there are many accidents concerned with CI. Last summer I traveled on them on the route HKG-KUL, when we were flying after half of the journey, the plane suddenly dropped and rise just like roller coasters! So I think I would never travel on them again!
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RE: China Airlines

Wed Jul 28, 1999 7:21 pm

Turbulence affects all airlines equally, it shows no favouritism. That said, CI's safety record does leave a LOT to be desired, especially when you consider that one of their A300-600R crews got things disastrously wrong on approach to Nagoya and stalled, dropping a few hundred feet onto the airport and the plane exploded with about 180 dead, putting the crash into the All Time Top Ten. Then about a year or two later, exactly the same thing happened at Taipei, again with the loss of all aboard after the crew let the automation get away from them. Plus they put a brand new (as in, three weeks old or something) 747-400 into the harbour at Hong Kong. However, they're not in the same league as Korean Air - Flight International published their bi-annual safety audit and it was like, Korean Air, Korean Air, Korean Air. And on the cover of the issue was a Korean Air MD80 broken into pieces after overrunning the field at high speed and sliding into a ditch. As for China Air Lines' on board service, it's OK, the food is quite good, printed menu and newish, clean planes with moving maps etc on the video screens, so it's quite pleasant if not outstanding. I have heard through travel agent friends that their business class and first class are below standard, food on a tray, no individual TVs, basically just international economy class with an amenities bag and a big seat. I've flown with them a couple of times and would recommend them overall, but they're not Cathay Pacific.
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China Airlines Brochure

Thu Jul 29, 1999 12:24 am

I have not flown them, but I got a nice glossy brochure of recent vintage showing the First and Business Class amenities on the Boeing 747. The First Class seats were fully reclinable 180 degrees to form a 'bed', and featured those wrap-around partitions for privacy. Business Class seats were state-of-the art, those nice round puffy ones with the big movable headrest, built-in monitor, etc.

This brochure did show fine china eatery in both classes -- plates with a distinctive graphic design and nice glassware. Perhaps this is just the transpacific service, but it did suggest that they went beyond a simple tray service.

I must say that I really like the new color scheme.
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RE: China Airlines

Mon Aug 09, 1999 3:52 pm

China airlines's service is pretty good.. fine food.. fine seat.. ( They DO have PTV on their 747-400 and MD-11 for Business and First Class ) only fault is safety standard... they sell cheap tickets.. and their paint schemes are lovely

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