Travel Blogger Has Comfortable Trip In Coach
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Travel Blogger
China Airlines is one of the many carriers that provides service from North America to Thailand. It uses Taipei, Taiwan as a stopping point on the way to Bangkok.
PubClub.com‘s travel blogger took this flight round-trip and writes this review on Economy Class.
The flight between Los Angeles and Taipei is 13 hours. Then it’s another 3 1/2 to Bangkok. So you had better be comfortable.
China Airlines sees to this with nice planes and good service on both legs.
The return from Taipei was aboard a Boeing 777-300ER that was so new it had that “new plane” smell. The seats were dark upholstered and looked and felt luxurious. The size of the video screens were 4X that of an iPhone 7, which is to say plenty big.
The seating configuration was 3-4-3 and you would have to be a tall person – at least 6-foot-5 – to feel a lack of knee and legroom. Plus there’s a footrest that pulls up almost halfway to the seat.
I had a window seat and thought I might have all three seats to myself. Then at the last possible moment, someone took that aisle seat. I was initially bummed – I had thoughts of sprawling out all the way to L.A. – until after takeoff when I reclined the seat.
It kept going back and back and back, so much so I thought I might soon be in the lap of the person behind me. When I pulled out the footrest, I was almost halfway laying down, a pretty good angle for sleeping and relaxing.
I’ll put it this way: it’s nice and comfortable enough not to make you feel tooooo jealous when you pass thru those big recliners in first and business class on your way to coach.
The flight over was a similar plane but without the added “luxuries” of the one on the return.
In coach you get two meals plus free white and red wine. They pass the bottle twice – once with and then after the meal. If you want more (and I did!) push the flight attendant call button and they will gladly refill you.
Two very good meals I had were tasty chicken and pork dishes with rice and vegetables. This could be served in a restaurant.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience, considering the length of the flight. And keep this in mind – China Airlines often offers the best fares from North America to Thailand, so this is a good choice for your carrier.
Taipei-Bangkok Flight Review
This is aboard smaller, older (but still nice; the video screens have that remote control device rather than the touch screen) planes. This makes sense, of course.
You get a meal and the wine, and once that’s done it’s flip back the seat and relax or catch that final power nap before getting to the frenzy that is being in Bangkok and Thailand.
Link: China Airlines Website