Greetings fellow Flight-Report #avgeek fans. They say if you fall off a horse the best remedy is to get right back on. Well after my last disaster trip I got right back on. This trip came a whisker of being cancelled, but the opportunity to fly Lufthansa and Asiana first class was too much to pass by. Then as I like to say, the stars aligned when United's 777-300 with Polaris seats became available the day I was headed home.
The original plan: ORD-FRA United 777-200 Polaris First FRA-DUS Lufthansa A320 Business DUS-NRT ANA 787-9 Business Staggered NRT-ORD Japan Airlines 777-300 First Class
TPE-NRT China Airlines A330-300 Business Class - This Flight Report
NRT-SFO United Airlines 777-300 Polaris Business Class SFO-ORD United Airlines 757-300 First Class
My ride on China Airlines late last year departed out of Terminal 1 where I visited the Dynasty Lounge in the morning. Today's flight was originally scheduled for Terminal 2 but changed to T1, so the lounge visit was a repeat. Without the morning international arrivals it was not nearly as crowded during the afternoon.
An impressive array of food was there for the wanting.
Having just had lunch on CI161, I snapped a few photos then headed to the gate.
I certainly wasn't overly excited for this flight as it was on an older A330 with the ancient business class seats China Airlines can't replace soon enough. (Which apparently is being done.) They have two types of business class seats on the A330.
The angle-flat version that is the same as Singapore Airlines regional business class seat, mostly on the A330s.
And the even older reclining version on today's plane.
So what is the difference? One is called a reclining seat while the other is called angle-flat. However the dimensions are the same, 63 inches pitch, 20 inches wide and 166 degrees recline according to seatguru. One thing is for sure, the monitors are very different.
How do you know the difference? The angle-flat seat with the larger monitor has 30 seats in the business cabin across 5 rows. The later has 36 in 6 rows.
Boarding was slightly delayed due to late arriving aircraft and a crew change. But ultimately the flight was on time.
Window shades were drawn due to the warm summer temperatures in Taipei. I was in seat 3K. As you can see, the rows are slightly offset.
As I was taking photos of the cabin I remarked to a flight attendant how much legroom was in row one.
A comparison of leg-room in row one bulkhead seats and rows 2-6. Of course row one loses under-seat storage and doesn't get these 3 trays that can hold…something I guess.
A few minutes later she approached me and said, "Mr. Simmons you are free to take seat 1A. Just leave your bag where it is, you can get it when we arrive." Wow, that's proactive.
The lavatory wasn't stocked with anything on this 3 hour flight.
The seat controls and IFE controller. Guess what, the IFE screen wasn't touch screen :)
Power plugs were out of the way on the front of the armrest.
In row one the monitors fold out from the armrest.
Seat 1A was in need of a bath.
Slippers and headphones were provided. Ancient China Airlines Noise Cancellation Headset [Ancient ad libbed by me]. Slippers were certainly a nice touch.
Separate beverage and food menus were distributed.
A Château Les Combes. Whole Foods carries this Bordeaux, it's a nice inexpensive red.
Heading to Japan, why not start on Japanese cuisine?
Amuse: Corn Bean Jelly
Starter: Smoked Salmon Rose Marinated Daikon Salmon Roe Tamagoyaki
Cannied Smelt (on the fence with these guys)
Simmer Dish: Seaweed Tofu Braised Eggplant in Ginger Soy Sauce Fried Green Pepper
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