Part 2 of my return trip to Los Angeles from Bangkok via Taipei.
After an eventful transit in Taipei, security checks were cleared rapidly, I headed to the Dynasty Lounge. I have reported that lounge numerous times in my other FR so I won't do it again. Just a picture from outside.
My friend was already at the gate waiting to board so I joined him and we had a chat before getting on the aircraft, him in Economy, me in Business Class.
At the aircraft's door I was welcomed by the male chief purser and a female cabin attendant, they were both smiling and they directed me towards my seat on the main deck, 18A.
The seats are old cradle style ones, but they have a good legroom and they are comfortable.
The controls of the seat.
The remote control for the entertainment system.
As soon as I was settled down in my seat, the cabin attendant came to offer a pre departure drink. I chose my usual apple juice with the China Airlines otsumami.
Next to us a Boeing 737-800 is waiting for its next journey to a regional destination.
The crew put the safety demonstrations on and we were pushed back, this was the beginning of a close to 13 hour trip to California.
Thoughout the flight these advices would be broadcast on the airshow channel
After the demonstrations were finished the crew put the camera on so that we could have a pilot's view of the take-off. I do apologize for the quality of the picture.
After take off, I pulled out the 2 screens of my seat duo, I was to travel all alone tonight ! On one screen Hitchcok and on the other the flight plan.
Dinner was served right after take off, no pre-meal drinks. I had pre-booked my choice for the main course on China Airlines website to ensure I would get my preferred meal. In the magazine China Airlines advertises special cocktail and I requested one. Unfortunately the cabin attendant said they weren't loaded tonight… I was disappointed about not being able to taste what sounded like a great drink !
With the cutlery out !
The meal was excellent ! Everything was perfect !
After the tray was collected I requested a Bailey's on ice which was brought to me very promptly.
Then the cabin attendant who I requested the special cocktail of the month came back with it and apologized about it saying that she fought it wasn't loaded and ended finding it in the First Class galley.
Quick check of our whereabouts on our little planet !
The statistics for the flight.
After my movie I decided to sleep a little and this is where I woke up !
Another one of those safety advices on the airshow channel
Time for a drink
Breakfast service starts with the liquids, juice, tea or coffee.
Apple juice and tea with milk for me.
I had ordered the western style breakfast on the website and that's exactly what I was brought !
After breakfast I wen to have a walk in Economy and check on my friend. They had just finished eating breakfast and the crew was finishing clearly the cabin.
After a quick chat with my friend I went back to Business Class to see if with the chief purser he could come and seat next to me for landing like that we could get out at the same time. The Chief Purser accepted and invited me to go and get him when we would start the descent to Los Angeles. So kind of him !
Picture of the main deck Business Class.
The Boeing 747-400 B-18211 trusty GE's that flew us all the way to Los Angeles.
Nearly there !
I went to get my friend in Economy, we stowed his bags and sat there for the last 30 minutes of flight.
Over the Los Angeles suburbs.
We landed on time and we made our way to the immigration and customs formalities. Immigration took forever to complete… Customs was really slow too.
We were out after 1 hour of waiting time and we headed towards Terminal 2 to catch our Air France flight back home.
China Airlines Lounge - 2
Taipei - TPE
Los Angeles - LAX
Excellent flight with a really nice crew ! I have always enjoyed China Airlines' product even if it is not a state of the art one, it is priced accordingly !
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