The vacations are over and it is now time to go home to Tahiti…
China Airlines has very attractive fares ex Bangkok to the USA and as they were joining SkyTEAM, I decided to buy a oneway BKK-TPE-LAX for 1250 USD ! My friends were booked on the same flight as me in economy class and I in Dynasty Class. Our taxi arrived at the hotel on time and brought us directly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The King is everywhere.
And of course the orchid, the national flower is everywhere too !
The check-in counters of China Airlines are located in aisle S. There is no one at the First and Dynasty counters, check-in is fast and my bags are tagged all the way to LAX via TPE.
The check-in agent will give me my passport, boarding cards, my invitation to the Dynasty Lounge and my fast track pass for immigration and security controls.
I part from my friends to go through the fast track area for immigration and security dedicated to Premium passengers, there's no one so all will be very quick ! I will wait for my friends some 20 minutes before they appear air-side.
I leave them to walk about the terminal so that I can go to the Dynasty Lounge to have a very complete report.
A lot of choice for the snacks, the presentation is not the best but everything is really tasty !
A good choice of drinks too !
And a small selection of Dim Sum !
There is also a table just like in a cafeteria that allows you to sit down and have lunch or dinner !
After taking a few pictures and tasting nearly everything, I go back to my friends and we go to gate G2.
On my way, a few airplanes and of course mine !
Boarding started soon after we arrived and I once again part from my friends who will board after Dynasty Class passengers.
The cabin is not really full, we are something like 10 passengers with 3 extremely RUDE ones who came to the lounge and were the rudest persons I have ever encountered. The lounge attendant was doing its job by requesting the lounge invitation and they just walked in past her screaming that they were tired and they didn't care ! She managed to keep 2 at the entrance, one came in, drank some coconut water and then left. I understand that people know that they travel in Business Class but the lounge attendants have to check that you are allowed to use the lounge by requesting that you hand over the invitations. Being polite to the people taking care of you is common courtesy. On board they had very rude comments towards the crew like the young asian lady travelling with the 2 men. The cabin crew was giving out newspaper in english and apparently didn't offer any to the woman. She told them they were racists ! simply !!! RUDE ! The lounge and cabin attendants kept their cool at all time when I simply wanted to punch them. I hate rude and DYKWTFIA people !
My seat 2K
The row and the cabin, the seat next to mine will remain free.
Next to us a Tiger Airways A320
The contents of the seat pocket.
The cabin crew will offer the welcome drink with a choice of either champagne, water, orange or apple juice. They will also offer some otsumami with the drink.
The remote for the video system and the seat controls.
During the boarding, the screens shows the China Airlines new logo and those of the SkyTEAM partners.
All the passengers are on board, the cabin crew will announce the doors closing and that they are arming them, next step, the safety demonstrations.
We start our push-back and next to us the Tiger Airways A320 is still here.
The safety demonstrations again !
We taxi past a Boeing 757-200 flying for Air Astana.
a last look at the safety demonstrations.
After the safety demonstration, the screens will show the onboard camera.
A Finnair A340-300
We continue to taxi to the runway.
We are nearing the runway threshold and it is a Bangkok Airways Airbus that will take off before us.
And before we line up, an Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER lands.
We slowly line up on the runway…
Behind us an Air Asia Airbus.
And our Airbus starts it take off run and starts its flight towards its home, Taoyuan Taipei International Airport.
The video entertainment will go to its starting screen.
I start to have a look at the AirShow to check our route.
A superb cloud formation that we will pass while climbing over Thailand.
The cabin crew will hand out the menus which are the TPE-BKK and BKK-TPE ones.
And the drinks and wine list.
The cabin attendant will start to take the order for the main course and the drinks. The cabin attendant will confirm that I chose the pork with bamboo shoots. Indeed, China Airlines allows First and Dynasty Class to choose the dish they want on their website 14 days prior to departure. I tested this offer and it worked well. At least you can be disappointed an will always have your choice of main course.
The drinks are served and come with otsumami.
I will look at one of the movies available on Sky Fantasy, China Airlines' entertainment system. I chose to watch Toast, a film in the likes of Billy Elliot.
The trays are brought out, one by one with a glass of water. The starter, Salmon with apricot, thai bean salad.
The crew will then come with a trolley and will serve the wine. I chose a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
The starter plate will be cleared and they will bring me my main course.
They will then clear the tray and they will offer a plate with fresh fruits and a cake to everyone.
I requested a tea with milk to finish my meal.
After the meal I go and have a walk to economy class to check on my friends, a couple of pictures of the J and Y cabins.
Another picture of the Dynasty Class regional seat.
The cabin shortly before we arrive.
During the descent, safety information are on the screens from time to time, between 2 maps.
We are arriving in Taiwan.
The route we just flew.
We have arrived in Taipei, the proof, all of China Airlines' tails and its famous plum flower !
Bangkok - BKK
Taipei - TPE
Our departure from Bangkok was delayed because our plane arrived at the gate at the time we were supposed to board. Yet they did everything to turn the airplane around and 30 minutes later we were boarding, Bravo !
The seats are comfortable but they are not lie-flat. Indeed, the regional configuration is denser than the intercontinental one.
I give a 10 to the Crew and Lounge agent who stayed calm and polite despite the 3 amazingly rude passengers.
The meal was excellent and very filling. I really liked the thai bean salad, the gingko beans served with the main course and of course the vanilla and green tea mousse.
An excellent flight on China Airlines who's so proud to have joined the SkyTEAM Alliance.
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