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June 27, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Chinese Airlines are on the prowl for passengers to fill the manifest for all flights on their ever expanding routes.

Many prospective passengers (now called guests) are confused by the airline names and their hubs. Most of the Chinese based airlines start with the word China (funny that). There is China Airlines, hubbing in Taiwan, China Southern-Guangzhou, China Eastern-Shanghai, Air China- Beijing and Hainan Airlines-Haikou. Like all airlines they fly through their hub to your final destination. This all powerful group of Airlines are making huge inroads into the global airline industry with new aircraft, good connections, great service and above all competitive fares.Taiwan China Airlines Hostess

On a recent  China Airlines flight on their new Airbus A330-300 from Sydney to Taipei, I reckon was close to as good as it gets. I was seated in G5, an aisle seat at the back of their 30 seat business class configuration of three sets of two.

The cabin features radiant mood style lighting with an expanded storage area for carry on. Checked baggage 20 kgs and carry on 8 kgs, a 24.6 cm screen to watch a myriad of TV shows and movies, seat pitch is a generous 63 inches, width 20 inches. Angle flat comfortable beds plus a dooner give you every reason to get a good kip although some people have a problem sleeping in their own bed.

Service was full on from the time we entered the cabin till we left about nine hours later. The purser, Lee and her hard working offsider Lin told us we were welcome ad infinitum (a lot) during the trip. Am I a cynic?

The staff were in Olympic walking mode for the most part of the flight striding around the aisles at speed and catering for all passenger’s whims and don’t forget the drinks.

On the menu for starters were grilled scallops. Mains included sweet and sour snapper or grilled Australian beef tenderloin or seared herbed chicken breast followed by a desert platter. All courses were very tasty and two hours prior to landing a western or Chinese breakfast. I can’t come at airline breakfasts but word was it was excellent. We all know the old saying “made in China” – sure enough; the crockery was fine Bone China. You want to know about the beverages? To get started try the Gremillet Champagne Brut, 70% Pinot and 30% Chardy then there is a 2010 French Chablis, a 2009 Mosel Valley Riesling, a Wairau River New Zealand Sauv Blanc, a 2006 Chateau La Gorce  Medoc, an Italian Chianti Blanc and a Napa Valley 2008 Merlot Reserve.  I tried my best but It was very difficult to taste all these wines plus the usual top shelf spirits on an eight hour trip but the ones sampled were certainly top class in business class. The aircraft is only two classes.

From its hub in Taipei, one of Asia’s strongest economies, China Airlines operates a diverse passenger and cargo network throughout the wider Asia pacific region, North America and Europe, with a total of 224 daily departures to 80 destinations worldwide.

The airline has 117 aircraft, 22 Airbus A 330-300’s and is a big player in cargo with 21 X 747 400 F cargo planes.

China Airlines is Taiwan’s largest and a member of Skyteam.  Hubbing in Taipei they fly to 106 destinations in 28 countries and have a 4 star airline rating by Skytrax UK.

They operate four flights a week between Taipei, Sydney to Auckland and 3 flights a week between Taipei, Brisbane and Auckland Sydney-Taipei-Sydney all fares include taxes

Economy class from A$1,190
Business class from A$2,793
Sydney – Auckland Economy class one way from A$171
Business class one way from A$729 for online booking and purchase

The former Formosa is a haven for foodies, sightseers, spa and massage aficionados and travellers that want to have a relaxing and enjoyable trip throughout the island and mix with the very helpful and friendly locals.

For more information on Taiwan                                      

Written by : John Savage

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