CHINA AIRLINES – THE CHERRY BLOSSOM’S DYNASTY
China Airlines, the national airline of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was born at the end of 1959, operating mainly charter flights. In the following decade the Taiwanese company launched its first commercial lines, firstly on domestic routes linking Taipei to Hualien then China exercised on the international leg by connecting its capital and based city to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in South Vietnam, then shortly after Hong-Kong (which will nowadays become the golden route) and San Francisco, which is the first Trans-Pacific route.Today the Skyteam’s member company operates worldwide with 86 aircraft ranging from Boeing 737 for the Short haul fleet, and from the A330 or A350 to the Boeing 747 to the 777 for the long haul fleet.China Airlines operates the major part of its flights from its main base which is none other than Taipei, but also a lesser extent since Hong Kong and Bangkok.Today it’s onboard the business class of the flight CI161, connecting Seoul-Incheon to Taipei that we invite you to take place.
From Incheon, China Airlines operates from Terminal 1 as the majority of the airlines operating in the Korean’s main airport, Terminal 2 being reserved for Korean Air and its major partners, which are none other than Air France, KLM and Delta. This terminal offers a feeling of space, modernity and especially calm as only Asian airports know how to do it. China Airlines uses the K registration zones in Seoul, for all of these destinations from the Korean capital city, these check-in areas also make the connection between the various entrances to the terminal and the various catering and other entertainment points.
After check-in and security clearance, the airside area offers great duty-free for cosmetics, food or souvenirs.
China Airlines Business’ passengers can enjoy Korean Air’s Business Lounge at Terminal 2 as well as the departure of our flight, which we will join by shuttle train. This lounge is simply a reflection of its airport: modern, spacious, clean and very quiet; it also offers a wide opening on the tracks to admire the broom repeated aircraft. The lounge is equipped with a restaurant, a bookstore area but also showers to be able to fly by remaining fresh and available. The lounge offers different seating offers, either facing the taxiways with large stools rather crude or large chair placed in a large open space. Unfortunately, the configuration Large armchair / View on the taxiways is only slightly accessible by the limited number of these chairs.
Half an hour before departure it is time to reach the boarding gate where the cuckoo of the day is shown, and surprise, it is the special livery, Boeing.
Once on the plane, a warm atmosphere emerges, the aircraft is equipped with the latest Premium Business class developed by the Taiwanese airline, the latter is one of the most modern proposed on this link. When accessing the cabin, the corridor in front of the Sky Lounge is inevitable, it offers passengers different snacks, tea or coffee, instant noodles, a bar or a selection of books. In addition, the Sky Lounge is dominated by a huge mood lighting archway giving this particular atmosphere to the cabin.
Once comfortably installed, the hostess therefore naturally offers a refresh, followed by an oshibori to relax as much as possible.
In business, China Airlines offers 40 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration which allows couples to travel together in the centre, and passengers travelling alone to occupy the seats on the window side. All seat, entertainment and even lighting controls are touch-sensitive, which gives a certain fluidity to all the features offered by the living space. The seats chosen by China Airlines are none other than Cirrus, the latter offer all the standards of comfort expected in a business class of superior quality. First, the proposed pitch is 78” for a width of 22” so that when the seat is placed in the full-flat position (180 degrees recline), a real bed with a large enough freedom of movement is proposed to the passenger.
For these two and half an hour of flight, an « À la carte » lunch chosen before takeoff is served. Two dishes are proposed, the first is the pork and sauce with vegetable, and the second is a chicken rice with hot sauce. Both dishes are of appreciable quality and appreciated for this type of standing. To accompany this, a glass of champagne is the case, as usual, and dessert ice Haagen Dazs is basically melting.
While enjoying this dish, and even after, the in-flight entertainment system, equipped with an 18’ monitor, proposed by China Airlines, offers a very wide selection of music, movies, documentaries and others. In addition, the 3D geo-vision, more and more common in the devices by the way, is really appreciable and is a big blow of old to the old IFE.
In addition, this living space offers its business travelers an infinity of storage size generous but also a personal lamp and a reading light to go about his business in the best conditions. Only downside, the recognition light of the reading light can be embarrassing when the cabin sports a dark dress and you talk with the person next to you, it turns out that it quickly tires.
On its short and medium-haul flights, China Airlines does not offer an Amenity kit, which is understandable for these short flights, but this attention can be significant and necessary on flights departing early in the morning.
After more than two hours of flight, we begin our descent to Taipei, where the weather is far from radiant but where the temperature is pleasantly warm.
China Airlines, deploying an aircraft as large as the Boeing 777 on such a short haul, therefore offers its passengers a much higher travel experience than that found on European or American medium-haul routes. It must be said that air traffic in Asia has jumped almost 10% in 2016 alone, and this figure is increasing year by year. The service offered by China Airlines on this portion proves to be of a higher quality than its direct competitors, thanks in particular to this new Business Premium class.
We thank China Airlines for allowing us to present the proposed service between Seoul and Taipei, and thank you, obviously dear readers, for your unfailing support and once again to make everything that happens to us possible today.