Flight Review: China Airlines flights CI 702 and CI 130
|Lavender - China Airlines' signature color.|
NOTE: Since most people get confused by this
- [alliance: Skyteam]
- is a Republic of China (ROC) aka TAIWAN airline
- which flies to Taipei from Manila.
- [alliance: Star Alliance]
- is a PEOPLE'S Republic of China (PRC) aka CHINA airline
- which flies to Beijing from Manila.
There were others available for a similar price but I could not choose them because they were with two different airlines (and others connecting in different airports even, as in Haneda and Narita). I did of course consider taking budget airlines and (thankfully) I didn't have to. For one, the price when baggage was included would be the same price as legacy carriers (sans the refreshments, entertainment, legroom and miles). In addition, I would have a problem with my luggage.
I had to take one airline so that my heavy check-in luggage could be tagged from Manila all the way to Sapporo, without having to retrieve it at my stopover airport, where I planned to spend a day exploring the city during my stopover. So China Airlines was simply the most practical choice!
FLIGHT CI 702 MANILA-TAIPEI
On CI702, the meal was completely inedible. I gave feedback to the airline to consider changing their supplier. The rest of my review is written below as photo captions.
|The Mahjong game was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, what was under the gold foil wasn't.|
|It tastes exactly how it looks - pretty gross. I didn't finish it.|
|I won! It's called a "zi mo" (drawing the winning tile as opposed to taking a discarded one from a player)|
|Couldn't keep track of my wins (or losses)|
|The rear of the aircraft had a camera that showed what we were flying over. Pretty cool!|
|I asked for a complimentary pen and poker cards as souvenirs together with the in-flight magazine, which was impressive in all three languages (Chinese, English, Japanese.)|
|Apparently, some entertainment systems weren't working. But cash vouchers were available for everyone on our plane to claim! Not everyone did though.|
FLIGHT CI 130 TAIPEI-SAPPORO
After a fun night in Taoyuan, it was time to go back to the airport and board another plane (but not before making a trip to the airport lounge which has earned me a reputation for always being the last to board, much to the ground crew's exasperation.)
On CI130, someone was in my seat 40H and I agreed to be reseated to 38I. However, there was a mistake and I received a vegetarian meal which was supposed to be served to someone part of a group so I ended up not eating on board again.
When I received my check-in luggage at CTS (Sapporo) airport, it was tied with some rope because it was damaged and had opened. I do not think that the zippers and padlock can be easily removed so I believe my luggage was mishandled. :/
|As one of the last people to board (pretty used to it by now), someone took my seat and I was seated near the bathroom and exit row (aka lots of looking away as to not make eye contact with the FAs.)|
I am still awaiting further feedback from the airline.
Despite getting a great deal on my flights, I still feel like I didn't get my money's worth with all that had happened. Overall Rating: 2/5.