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8/22-23 CAN-HKG-TPE, Typhoon Chaos

Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:11 am

What a luck I had to be stuck right in front of the typhoon!

I was extremely tired from the chaotic moment the night before in Guangzhou and also yesterday when I was in Hong Kong. Therefore, I am just going to lay down the pictures and post mini comments on it. Still... I have not yet retrieve my baggage from the airline... They said it's lost somewhere in Hong Kong because there are so many flights cancelled. I hope the baggages will arrive today or tomorrow, otherwise they will have to fly it to Los Angeles for me.

2008/08/22 CAN-HKG-TPE (Failed due to Typhoon)
CZ 0319
Wake up at 6:30am
Arrive airport at 8:10am
Boarded at 9:15am
De-board at 10:15am
Back to check-in at 10:45am
Retrieve luggage at 11:50am
Itinerary changed at 12:00pm

I wish I was on this flight.

...but I was on this one.

China Southern

ANA All Nippon Airways

Shenzhen Airlines and Air China

Boarding at A9, but was later asked to leave as the plane will not fly to Hong Kong.

Not yet cancelled...

Finnair, this route will soon be axed.

Time to take off... but wasn't...

After couple hours of hassle going back through security, immigration, retrieve baggage, rebook itinerary, going back and forth for hotel and food... it literally took 3 to 4 hours cause China Southern only has one computer to process everyone's request, not a happy scene.

Where we dine and live... not too bad but nothing luxury for sure.
Do note, it's two people per room.

Most of the flights originating from Guangzhou were cancelled after 2pm... only arrival allowed.

2008/08/23 CAN-HKG-TPE (Successful but... delayed for hours)

CZ 0301
Wake up at 5:30am
Arrive at airport at 7:20am
Boarding the bus at 7:50am
On aircraft at 8:30am
Depart CAN at 8:50am
Arrive HKG at 9:35am

Kenya Airways

China Southern

Bussed to the plane as the boarding gate was assigned at A1.

Shenzhen Airlines in the rear.

JAL Japan Airline

Lufthansa, always at this spot... hard to take photo.

ANA, All Nippon Airways

ANA, China Southern, Lufthansa

Lines of China Southern aircrafts.

Lufthansa, JAL

...nothing was taken on board.

China Airlines lounge at Hong Kong... am glad I can use the lounge as the airport was full of people.

Full of people inside Hong Kong International Airport staring at the flight screen.

People sitting everywhere.

Gates changing everywhere.

CI 680D
Arrive at counter at 9:40am, flight scheduled for 11:30am
Flight delayed to 12:20pm
Flight delayed to 12:45pm
Flight delayed to 1:30pm
Left lounge at 1:15pm
On aircraft at 1:25pm
Flight delayed to 3:00pm
Flight delayed to 4:00pm
Left HKG at 4:00pm
Arrived TPE at 5:35pm

My aircraft... which did not depart after we are on board 2 hour and 30 minutes due to aircraft restrictions.

Amazing... I actually had enough time to watch movies on board a HKG-TPE leg.

This flight is full.

FA serving water as we were informed that there's a 50 minutes wait announced by the captain.

Did CI refurbished the tables? I don't recall it being looked like this.


Randomly taking pictures as we were informed for another 60 minutes delay by the captain.

This isn't enough after we are on the plane for hours...

FAs selling duty free items on board.

New signs constructed in Terminal 1 Arrivals.
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RE: 8/22-23 CAN-HKG-TPE, Typhoon Chaos

Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:26 pm

always a shame to be kept on a plane that is only stocked for a short flight!
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