This was ticketed as return leg of a Hong Kong-Taipei ticket which I booked on the airline’s website for HK$4,200. This booked into C class and I credited the 639 miles from this leg of the trip to China Airlines’ Skyteam partner, Korean Air’s Skypass programme.
I arrived at the airport around one and a half hours before the scheduled departure time and checked in at the China Airlines checkin counter at Terminal One at Taoyuan, which was swift and efficient.
This was operated by an Airbus A3330-300 (registration B-18358). The business class cabin was fairly large and the seats were more comfortable than the ones on my previous China Airlines business class flight, which had not been as spacious. Each seat had several USB ports, a plug socket, and a couple of shallow drawers which could be used for storage.
The inflight entertainment selection was quite wide and the screen was large.
Boarding was through Gate A6. We pushed back dead on time at 2.35 p.m. The flight was smooth, but at the Hong Kong end there was a long taxi to our arrival gate (gate 27) and we arrived at the gate at 4.20 p.m., ten minutes ahead of schedule.
The business class cabin looked about a third full. I was in a window seat and the seat next to mine was empty.
Upon boarding, a sizeable pillow, blanket and headphones were at the seat. There were no slippers, which I would expect from a Taiwanese airline in business class.
The crew was not young but were friendly and professional. Shortly after being seated I was given a hot towel. I was also offered the English language newspapers, although like EVA Airlines China Airlines offers Taiwanese English newspapers and American papers like the International New York Times, not the South China Morning Post or the Financial Times.
I was offered a drink and asked for champagne, which the flight attendant soon brought. Throughout the flight the cabin crew was efficient, friendly and proactive and I appreciated their thoughtful service.
Food and Drink
The wine list was:
Champagne: Moutard Père & Fils, Brut Cuvée Prestige, France
White: Rudolf Müller Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany (no vintage given), O:TU Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2014
Red: Conti Serristori Chianti Classico, Italy, 2008, Galvan Family Cellars Family Reserve, Napa Valley, U.S.A., 2013.
For lunch I had the chicken, which was very tasty, and thought that the dessert was well presented as well as delicious. The meal was served swiftly on a tray all at once, including a bread roll.
I had the Napa Merlot, which was nothing special, and so switched back to champagne.
This was an excellent flight. The experience was pleasurable, smooth and comfortable and the crew was fine.