Last time I was unable to get an upgrade because of elections on 1/12, so I managed to get myself an upgrade this time.
Operating Airline: China Airlines (CI)
Flight Number: CI
Operating Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 3rd Generation
Departure from: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX
) at 0115
Arrival at: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE
) at 0610
Well, you can see from my other thread I just arrived the great Los Angeles area and now I am at the airport again flying international to Taipei. Thread here: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/125210/
I will never do this to myself again as it makes me feel sick trying to fly on so many planes in one day, and traveling around so many airports.
Screening Area in Tom Bradley International Terminal in LAX
The look after they made constructions to the terminal... do you think it's acceptable? I don't think so...
This... is... just outdated. Qantas has a flight flying to Brisbane and then unknown (?) and Korean Air has a flight flying to Seoul and then Seoul again... (?)
No wonder SQ
is canceling their flights from TPE
... there's just too many flights between the two places... one night with five planes going (and there's more in the afternoon, I believe with two from BR
and one from CI
). The one with Continental is operated by EVA Air, and the one with Vietnam Air is operated by China Airlines (which is the one I am taking).
I think the lounge for Oneworld has moved to an area near Gate 107.
This is the shared lounge for all airlines without an alliance in LAX
. The food in here has been upgraded a bit due to various complaints. However, it's still very difficult to find a seat in this lounge... it's just not acceptable.
Since I took a picture for CI
, I shall be fair and take one for BR
The busy lounge.
There's a waterfall mirror and the food counters are right behind it.
My boarding pass tonight... and the gate is at 102... it's a nightmare just to walk from the lounge to the gate. The lounge is located somewhere around gate 121 at 4th floor. Malaysia also got the same problem, but their gate is a bit closer at 104.
Long walkway in the lounge to exit/enter. To the left is the First Class Lounge.
Going on board, this is C Class of the 3rd generation B747-400 for China Airline, which the recline is horrible.
The PTV is under it.
Malaysia's plane at 104. They still have to wait for 25 minutes to depart... so late.
Today's passenger load is not high, but the upper deck is full. Dynasty Class (C) lower deck is only 2/3 full.
Pre-flight drink, apple juice.
In flight magazines and newspaper. You will be offered with a choice of newspapers when you are in your seat by the FA
. Various choices of magazines are available once the flight is above 10,000 feet, and you can always ask the FA
to bring you one.
New headset for Dynasty Class... it's a little better than the ones we use in Economy, and it reduces lots of outside noises.
Menu for supper/breakfast.
I forgot to take the menu in English, so I will have to do my own translation here... may not be correct.
Supper page (they don't call it dinner), which offers...
Sunkist Salad topped with Lobster.
Main Dish - Choose one out of the options
Cantonese Marinated Pork with Rice
Goose Liver on top of Filet Mignon with Potatoes
Japanese Teriyaki Salmon with Rice
Breakfast page, which offers...
Western Style (There's also cereal if desired)
Smoked Salmon with Salmon inside the Egg and Fried Cake
Selection Bread with Cheese or Jelly
Congee with four dishes on the side. I will not translate the name of the dishes as it will not make sense and is very complicated to translate. Sorry!
Chinese kind of dessert
Complimentary drinks offered.
It's a list of A....... (Yeah I don't drink, so...)/Spirits/Beer/Tea/Coffee
There's also soft drinks and juices not listed that are available as well.
If you are a frequent flyer to China Airline's Dynasty Class, you will know that they will come to you to take orders approximately 15 minutes after they hand you the menu. They simply ask you for your choice for Supper and Breakfast, then ask for the drinks you'd like for the Supper. It seems like they are in a rush tonight to serve... maybe they are trying to put passengers to sleep? It seems like there weren't enough FAs on this plane, only 3 that I spot for the entire C cabin... most of the time there's only 1 FA
on the lower deck.
For this aircraft, it's 10.4" PTV for Dynasty Class w/AVOD.
For Economy Class, it's 6" PTV w/AVOD.
Crabtree & Evelyn Amenity Kit. It's the same one as last year.
I chose "Goose Liver on top of Filet Mignon with Potatoes."
Sunkist Salad topped with Lobster.
Special picture of Goose Liver on top of Filet Mignon with Potatoes.
There's three type of bread available to choose. I only took the Garlic Bread cause I don't like the other ones.
At the same time, they will ask you if you want beer or tea/coffee (if you had beer, they will ask if you want tea/coffee, vice versa).
There's Chocolate Moose Cake, Cheese, Pineapple, Melon, Honey Melon, Cranberry, and Grapes. No Ice Cream today...
Chocolate and Green Tea. I asked for Green Tea as the drink after the meal.
I went to sleep after the meal, and the FA
left a bottle of water, so I did not watch any movies.
Crabtree & Evelyn Lotion, Liquid Soap, and Shave Cream inside the lavatory.
When I wake up and went to the lavatory, one of the ill FA
asked if I'd like Taiwanese Fried Noodle, I took the offer and also asked for water. She gave me another bottle of water along with the noodle.
Today's route went in the great circle, by going around Alaska, Russia, and Korea. We did not pass Japan today.
Instant noodles that I asked for...
Milk is offered prior to breakfast. They will come to you again for the second time when the meal has served.
I took the western style breakfast, finally a change from before (no longer an omelet).
Smoked Salmon with Salmon inside the Egg and Fried Cake, there's also spinach and tomato on the side.
Fruit... this time is Sunkist, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Kiwi Fruit, and Papaya.
Croissant and another pick (I don't know the name but it tastes very well).
My customized seat! I just took pillows from the other seat.
As well known by everyone, it doesn't recline well.
Cloudy around Taipei.