Review of China Airlines flight Naha Taipei in Business

Airline China Airlines
Flight CI 121
Class Business
Seat 10A
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 13 Aug 17, 12:00
Arrival at 13 Aug 17, 12:10
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By 1007
Published on 27th August 2017
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Making the trip back to Naha Airport via monorail again. Extension is being built at the International Terminal.

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The current terminal is rather small. There was a long queue for baggage screening before the entrance into the check-in area.

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Very busy at the CI check-in counters as well for the B747 load of passengers.

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Boarding passes for both sectors and a ticket jacket issued.

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Bit of a queue at security screening before immigration but it moved fast.

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The departure lounge was just a row of gates with seating and a few duty-free shops and eateries. Very basic layout.

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Limited edition Royce chocolates only sold in Okinawa!

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Arrival of the grand dame from Taipei.

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Boarding gate.

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13 August 2017
China Airlines
CI 121
Naha Okinawa (OKA) - Taipei Taoyuan (TPE)
Economy Class (Business Class cabin)
Flight Time: 1H11M

Time to board. As you may have noticed, I would be seated in the Upper deck Business Class cabin again!

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Hong Kong Airlines A330 parked beside.

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To the Upper deck. This aircraft was retrofitted with the newer angled lie-flat beds, which are similar to those on some airlines such as on Thai B747s and Turkish A340s. However the overhead bins were still of the older and smaller verison. Again, pillows and duvets were pre-set on each seat.

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Seat controls.

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Noise-cancellation headphones were also available, and ads were running on the much larger IFE screens.

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View from the window.

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Upper deck was rather full on this sector. Observed that the purser also came around to welcome the status passengers. Doors closed and we pushed back.

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A short taxi to Rwy18 for departure to Taipei.

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Climbing out of Okinawa.

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Same retro-looking headsets but with updated IFE handset.

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Finishing up on the movie which I had still yet to complete.

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Meal service commenced immediately and we were served by 2 crew on the upper deck, one of whom is a Japanese crew. Service was friendly and efficient.

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Unlike the previous flight, the refreshment was served in a paper bag. It consisted of a piping hot pizza puff, a botthle of water and a cookie. Coffee and tea was also also offered. The meal was acceptable for the short sector, but not as tasty as the hot main on the previous flight.

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Overflying one of the Okinawan islands.

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Visit to the lav, which was stocked with the Business Class amenities.

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View of the cabin. A Taiwan customs information video was being played just prior to descend.

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Connecting gates information was available on the IFE.

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Descending into Taipei.

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Crew making the Japanese arrival announcement.

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Approaching Taipei, flying pass the Tamshui district. Lover's Bridge could be spotted.

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Landing on Rwy23R.

Parked at the gate.

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Last look at the cabin during disembarkation. Not sure when would I have the chance on fly on a B747 upper deck again in the future…

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It was a great ride on the majestic B747!

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Naha - OKA


Taipei - TPE



Again a very pleasant flight on the CI B747, especially with the chance to fly on the upper deck in the Business cabin. Totally enjoyed it!



  • Comment 429242 by
    arturo1989 118 Comments

    Nice trip report.Could you scan for me the jacket and send me the picture.?. Ilike collecting all airlines things . If you decide scan and send me a picture of the jacket here is my email . Thanks for reading and apologize

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