Studying finance in Taipei, I decided to spend the week end in HK to visit a friend and discover the place to be. I propose you tonight this 70 mins flight programmation from Chek Lap Kok to Taoyuan, as one of the world's busiest air route. There are at least 4 airlines operating this route : China Airlines, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, HongKong Airlines and more probably some others …
As a big fan of the airports, this morning has been a dream come true to finally admire this jewel. My flight was schoeduled at 9:50. I left my accommodation in TST at 7 am in taking the A21 direct bus from my borough to the airport.
The bus dropped me in front of the terminal 1, I entered the building very quickly and the reality fit my expectations, it was gorgeous ! The land side is wide, bright and elegant.
Heading the check In area E. As I was here for a couple days I didn't have any luggage but the flight ticket included one 20kg baggage. So I did it by my own on this efficient automatic machine.
The land side was calme and not that crowded. But I was very excited to go in air side to get some nice birds spotted ! Very easy to pass through he security and the customs zones.
Here I am ! Some spotting in the south part with B77Ws/A330 CX and the HongKong airlines territory.
Then the huge, central and main way to reach the gates. Photo taken from the restaurant floor. My gate was the number 60 so almost at the extreme north side.
But I decided first to start my walk from the south to the north until my plane. So here we have an A333 SQ outbound from Changi and CX birds. You might have noticed the B738 United in the background. An original implementation on the intra-asia air route from NRT to SGN via HKG.
Then a bit more on our way to the north a B737 of Garuda Indonesia back to Jakarta.
An CI A330. Usually CI operates the route HKG - TPE in A330 or B77W, while BR operates the same route with A330 or A321.
Some international planes in the backgroung with an SAS A330 back to Stockholm Arlanda and a B787 inbound to Delhi. Later we will queue together for taking off.
Eventually I reached my A332 to Taoyuan. Two jet bridges.
I have my 42A seat but once the boarding over I stood up to use the exit seats still available… We will push 15 mins late. The head of the cabin crew reported the delay as the groundhandling fault … I have the very long taxi in front of a charming taiwanese cabin crew.
Today the take off runway is the 07R. We hold short the runway with lots of others aircrafts.
Finally we are clear to take off RWY 07R, wind calm … Line up and rolling take off. View of this jewel.
The plane is 70% full. The toilets very clean and flowered ! The meal is not too bad. It has been served at 11 am so abut early for a lunch … Only water is promptly proposed -1
Very quickly the descent is announced by the captain. Gears and flaps down, we are clear to land RWY 05R while the 05L is currently being upgraded. Parking position in BR territory next to a B77W. A delay that would have been easily catched up !
Hong Kong - HKG
Taipei - TPE
Thanks for your attention FRistes ! Normal flight on a widely reported air route. But a personal admiration for Chek Lap Kok !
Cheers from Taipei
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