sutrakhk
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HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:25 pm

Hi all,

Here is my trip report for trip in November 2008, my first time to Bangkok. The reasons of choosing China Airlines was it offered an inexpensive fare of about HK$3500 return in business class, which was not the cheapest but it have daily service which make the plan more flexible.

When I was purchasing the ticket in CI’s web site, I can choose to go via TPE in outbound journey, as I have time, why don’t I take this choice? At first, I chose A340-300 for HKG - TPE, B747-400 for TPE - BKK and A330-300 for BKKHKG, aimed to explore the different aircrafts in CI’s fleet.

At the day of departure, I arrived HKIA 3.5 hours before the flight, during check-in, the agent asked whether I would like to take the earlier flight, she told me it was a B747-400, I rejected at the beginning, but told her if I can get in the First class section (sold as Business class but only for member), I will take that flight. She then made a phone call and my boarding pass with seat number 3K handed to me after that.

My (ugly) boarding pass and lounge invitation
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/03.jpg

I still have 2 hours to spend so lounge visit was unavoidable.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/04.jpg

Have some dim sum
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/05.jpg

Inside the lounge
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/06.jpg

8 Nov 2008

Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei (TPE)
Airline: China Airlines
Flight: CI 916
Aircraft: B747-400
Registration: N168CL
Seat: 3K (Business)
Gate: 27

Gate 27
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/02.jpg

N168CL, I don’t know why this CI’s B747-400 was carrying a US reg. number
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/01.jpg

Seat 3K at the nose of B747-400, it can go near fully flat. The seat was quite old but still comfortable
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/07.jpg

The infamous legroom shot
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/08.jpg

View from my seat
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/09.jpg

Pre-takeoff drink: Apple juice
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/10.jpg

Menu for this short flight
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/11.jpg

Old style panel
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/12.jpg

After takeoff, the IFE was on, however, nothing to watch in this short flight
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/13.jpg

Toilet shot
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/14.jpg

I chose chicken meal, not bad at all
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/15.jpg

After 1 hour 20 minutes, landed in TPE and parked between Terminal 1 and 2. I followed the sign to transfer, a long way to walk
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/16.jpg

Queued for the security check
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/17.jpg

Way to CI’s lounge in TPE
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/18.jpg

This way please


The food offering was quite good here, with self-serve corner containing dim sum and snacks, and a noodles bar.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/22.jpg

Beef noodles and dim sum
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/21.jpg

Quite interesting pot with roasted sweet potato


Pineapple cakes and biscuits
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/23.jpg

8 Nov 2008

Taipei (TPE) – Bangkok(BKK)
Airline: China Airlines
Flight: CI 065
Aircraft: B747-400
Registration: B-18201
Seat: 12A (Business)
Gate: A6

Boarding pass
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/24.jpg

Gate A6
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/26.jpg

Ready to board
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/27.jpg

B-18201
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/25.jpg

My seat 12A at upper deck. There were only 5 passengers in upper deck for TPE - BKK sector
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/28.jpg

Seating pitch
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/29.jpg

Menu
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/30.jpg

Chicken again, the appetizer was good but the main disc was tasteless
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/31.jpg

Dessert
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/32.jpg

The light dimmed after the meal and after 4 hours, we landed at BKK airport

Cleared immigration within 10 minutes, took a airport limousine to my hotel – Marriott Resort and Spa, Bangkok.

The location was good and quite
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/33.jpg

And a nice pool
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/34.jpg

After 3 nights staying in Bangkok, perfectly enjoy this city especially the food, but it is the time to go to airport.

Arranged a Hotel limousine, an MB C200
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/35.jpg

Arrived in 40 minutes, CI check-in area is in Entrance 8
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/36.jpg

In row S
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/37.jpg

Some ticketing counters
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/38.jpg

QR’s check-in area is in row Q/R
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/39.jpg

Garden outside the airport
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/40.jpg

PIDS, noted that the very first one was a CX delayed flight


My boarding pass and lounge invitation
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/42.jpg

Lounge entrance


Food corner, with some dim sum
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/44.jpg

Sitting area
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/45.jpg

While walking to the gate, saw this poor CX’s A330-300
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/46.jpg

11 Nov 2008

Bangkok(BKK) – Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: China Airlines
Flight: CI 832
Aircraft: A330-300
Registration: B-18311
Seat: 6A (Business)
Gate: G5

Gate G5
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/47.jpg

B-18311, with special livery
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/48.jpg

Door 1L


Seat 6A, a very comfortable seat with air cushion
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/50.jpg

Pre-takeoff drink: Apple juice and snack
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/51.jpg

Seat control
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/52.jpg

Seating pitch
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/53.jpg

The load was light in Business class, only 6/30, all the others were seating in the front so I occupied the half cabin at the rear
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/55.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/58.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/62.jpg

Push back was 30 minutes late as the late arrival of incoming flight.
Passed the CX’s A330-300, seems there was something wrong with its engine
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/56.jpg

Menu
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/57.jpg

Salad
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/59.jpg

Beef as main course
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/60.jpg

Dessert
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Bangkok1/61.jpg

The flight time was 2 hours 25 minutes, and it is the end for my first Bangkok trip.

Comment: Some people blacklisted China Airlines because their safety records, but in my opinion, CI now is worth to try as CI is using new aircrafts, with attentive services, quite good food both onboard and in the lounge, and with a bargain price, although there is still a long way to go, but I think their improvement is notable.

Hope you enjoy and comments are always welcome!!

sutrakhk


My past TR:
Three 5-Star Airlines In 8 Days (102pics) (June 2008)
First Touch Of China Southern MD82 (31 Pics) (August 2008)
China Airlines HKG - TPE (47 Pics) (August 2008)
HKG-BKK F On Emirates' 777-300ER (67 Pics) (May 2009)
HKG-TPE Turnaround On TG's A340-600 (33 Pics) (June 2009)
HKG,MFM,TPE,SIN,BKK In CX C And BR Y (201 Pics) (August 2009)
SQ Y HKG-SIN In 2009 w/MH And 1st A380(128 Pics) (Year 2009)
 
lukeyboy95
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:34 pm

The food looks really great and I'm envious of the great equipment for get on these intra-asia hops... many thanks
Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
 
EL-AL
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:32 pm

how lucky you guys are that you can get a 747 on such a short flight!

C class looks good both ways. The upper deck on a 747 is always good.

Thx for shering, nice photos.

LY
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PlaneHunter
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:34 pm

Hi Sutrakhk,

very interesting report, the interiors on the second 744 and the A330 look really nice.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Comment: Some people blacklisted China Airlines because their safety records, but in my opinion, CI now is worth to try as CI is using new aircrafts, with attentive services, quite good food both onboard and in the lounge, and with a bargain price, although there is still a long way to go, but I think their improvement is notable.

I wouldn't hesitate to try CI either.


PH
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
 
gardermoen
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:20 pm

Nice report.
First time I have ever seen a menu split into date periods!
 
coolfish1103
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:04 am

Great report. The 744s pictured here are all older versions. None of them are new.

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 4):
Nice report.
First time I have ever seen a menu split into date periods!

They have to split the menus into dates as there are often passengers traveling back and forth within weeks between Taiwan and Hong Kong. This also appears in other destinations such as the mainland cities, where they change it either once every 2 weeks, or once every 10 days.
 
ba319-131
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RE: HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics)

Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:58 pm

Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

A few years back CI was an airline to avoid, times have changed, I'd be quite happy to fly them.

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