Starting our first Taiwan travel blogpost by sharing our experience flying to Taiwan with China Airlines. 2015 was an amazing year for us, our 2015 ended well with memorable trip to Taiwan #AnakJajanTAIWAN.
I remember clearly that few months ago, I told Mr. Jajan that I suddenly want to go to Taiwan so badly simply because the restaurant we visited played Meteor Garden’s soundtrack and led me into nostalgia mode. I know it’s silly but sometimes when you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen 🙂
A few months later, we finally have the chance to explore Taiwan thanks to China Airlines and Taiwan Tourism Bureau. AnakJajan have lots of Taiwan travel stories that we want to share, in this post we’re going to share our experience and some informations about China Airlines.
There are two options of flight between Jakarta – Taipei, first is direct flight and second is transit flight via Hongkong, both flights are available from Soekarno Hatta International Airport Jakarta to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and vice versa.
To get the complete experience, AnakJajan experienced both flights, direct and transit. Our flight from Jakarta to Taipei was direct flight that took approximately 5hours and 25 minutes then our return flight from Taipei to Jakarta was transit flight via Hongkong and it took approximately 7hours and 30 minutes.
Our overall experience flying with China Airlines was pleasant, the flight was smooth and on time and the travel time didn’t feel long thanks to the entertaining Inflight Entertainment.
Me and Mr. Jajan are very thankful for the Business Class experience arranged by China Airlines. The spacious and comfortable seat gave us maximum comfort and space in the sky.
Talking about the food, the inflight meals we had in China Airlines were pretty delicious and flavorful, we quite enjoyed it. I’m gonna share with you our meals during our return flight from Taipei to Jakarta.
Since our return flight was transit via Hongkong, we had a refreshment/ lunch from Taipei to Hongkong which was consist of Main Course, Bread, Fruits, Cake and Coffee/Tea. Both of us had Seared Chicken Thigh in creamy spinach sauce and tomato pasta, Japanese Soft Roll with Butter, Fresh Fruits and Banana Chocolate Cake, the tomato pasta was very delicious we enjoyed till the last spoon, it’s one of our most favorite and memorable inflight meals.
Then on our flight from Hongkong to Jakarta, they serve complete set of meal for dinner which was consist of Starter, Main Course, Bread, Fruits, Cake, and Coffee/ Tea. The menu served during dinner was Deep Fried Tandoori Chicken with Salad, Braised Chicken Mix Black Fungus with Steamed Rice and Choy Sum or Pan Fried Basa Fish in Hollandaise Sauce with Parsley Potato, Soft Roll Bread with Butter, Seasonal Fresh Fruits and Cherry Crumble Cake.
China Airlines serves flights from Jakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar everyday to Taipei, also direct flight from Jakarta to Hongkong and Surabaya to Singapore everyday. With transit point in Taipei, China Airlines also offers flight to Japan, Korea, US, Canada, Europe, India and Mainland China.
FYI, the aircraft we took for both flights was Airbus A330-300, so all pictures above are the interior of Airbus A330-300 plane.
Besides that, China Airlines has acquired Boeing 777-300ER for US route (LA, San Fansisco, New York) and Frankfurt with new facilities such as inflight wifi, Premium Business class, Premium Economy class and Family Coach. You can see pictures below for closer look at the new Boeing 777.
Premium Business class is the new business class in Boeing 777 that has 180 degrees flat bed equivalent to First class. Premium Economy class is the new special class between Economy and Business with bigger and more comfortable space compared to Economy Class. While the Family Coach is very interesting where passenger can sleep comfortably in Economy class by combining 3 seats with additional mattress, pillow and blankets into a full-flat bed.
In order to improve their service, China Airlines keeps developing their service with new and more innovations including the puchase of new A350 Airbus aircraft this year.
After all this time as passenger, we can only imagine how do the airline companies manage everything neatly. Lucky us, we had the chance to visit China Airlines office in Taoyuan Taipei International Airport to answer our curiosity.
First we visited China Airlines Museum where they keep and display all full of history memorabilia.
Have you ever wondered, what does a black box look like?? Well here it is, instead of black it comes in bright orange color actually.
Then we had a tour at training center for flight attendants, as you can see from pictures below the flight attendants are trained and prepared completely for all situation. They have room for emergency landing training both on the land and water complete with rain simulation. We also visited the flight simulator area where the pilots are trained.
On our way back to Jakarta, after checking in at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, we had a rest at China Airlines Airport Lounge while waiting for our flight. The CAL airport lounge is a high-service facilities providing Premium Business / Business Class customers, Paragon members, Emerald members, Gold members and SkyTeam Elite Plus members a comfort and care service on the ground as in the air.
The facilities in the lounge include reception desk, luggage store room, toilet/rest room, shower, public phone, internet PC, air traffic information, reading materials, tv, cold snacks & beverage and self-service buffet.
The whole lounge is decorated in dark wooden interior with dimmed lights resulting a calm and restful ambiance.
The self-service buffet has plentiful enjoyable dishes, they also serve Taiwanese Beef Noodle, the national dish of Taiwan that you must not miss.
Well, that’s all of our experience with China Airlines. Thank you once again China Airlines for the memorable flying experience to Taiwan. Stories about must visit places in Taiwan will be written on the next post, hopefully it could inspire you or be a helpful info for your holiday in 2016, so stay tuned! Let’s travel!
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