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Air China Adds Fine Wines to Long-Haul Flights for First-Class Passengers

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Commercial airliner Air China will add fine wine to its first-class menu for passengers on long-haul flights. The announcement of the new level of service was made in Burgundy, France during the world's oldest charity wine auction, Hospices de Beaune — a specialty event that first began in 1859.

Air China has attended the celebrated fine wine auction, which showcased 2013 vintage wines from the 43 wine-producing regions of Burgundy (which include Corton, Batard-Montrachet, Mazis-Chambertin, Meursault and Beaune), for three consecutive years. The airline acquired 2,013 “young” bottles of wine — 17 barrels of three brands of red and two brands of whites — at the auction to kickoff its new fine-wine upgrade for first-class passengers.

The Chinese airline says that its mission in 2014 is to build its "Sky Wine Cellar." The French vintage wines of classified growths are being served on European and U.S. routes operated by Boeing B777-300ER aircraft. Fine wines will also be served to first-class flyers onboard their new Boeing B747-8 airplanes.

Air China is already looking forward to the next Hospices de Beaune auction, as plans to expand on its “Sky Wine Cellar” are uncorked and ready to take off!

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Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

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Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

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Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

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Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

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Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


Airline Review: China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class is a surprisingly great experience. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why the airline from Taiwan is a great choice for flights to Asia.

China Airlines might not be the first airline that comes to your mind when thinking about flights to Asia, but a modern fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft as well as a modern business class product combined with a good soft product make the airline a great choice for long haul flights.

  • Airplane: Airbus A350
  • Cabin Class: Business
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner & Breakfast
  • Seat Pitch: 60 Inch (152 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 22 Inch (55 Centimeter)

In this extensive review, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect. I had the pleasure to test the airline from Hongkong to Taipeh as well as from Taipeh to Amsterdam, both times on board an Airbus A350.

Seating in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

The China Airlines long haul Business Class can be found between doors one and two of the Airbus A350 (there are seats behind door two on the Boeing 777) and consits of 32 flat bed seats (40 in the Boeing 777), which are arranged in a reverse herringbone configuration.

Personally, I thought that the cabin, while a little bit dark, looked really nice and might be one of the nicest business class cabins I’ve seen, definitely nicer than for example the Lufthansa Business Class or old Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin.

The design of the seats is a combination of brown and grey and looks really nice, in my opinion. This is mainly due to a really good eye for detail. For example, there’s a nice little lamp on the, which adds atmosphere. The faux wood is quite nice, too.

The seats as such are quite comfortable in the upright position as well as in the various stages of reclining positions you can choose.The level of privacy is also quite high thanks to the high privacy shield and the positioning of the seat in direction of the window.

The seat pitch might look a little limited, but is perfectly fine when actually sitting. You can also reach the ottoman when in upright position, which I always enjoy.

Not only is the seat as such quite nice, there’s also a lot of storage. There are three main compartments, one doubling as a little vanity thanks to a mirror. In this compartment, you can also find a plug, the headphone jack etc., but there’s also room to store things.

There is another storage compartment in the raisable arm rest, which is quite spacious and holds the amenity kit at boarding. The last storage space is located right next to the first and holds the headphones when boarding. The only downside is that there is not really a place to put a laptop. However, you can store a latop bag underneath the ottoman, so this might not actually be that big of a problem after all.

The seats come with a really solid with a great for getting some work done. It also doesn’t need to be folded out, but can just be extended from underneath the entertainment screen.

All in all, I really like the seat in the China Airlines long haul Business Class and it reminds me very much of the Garuda Indonesia Business Class seat, which I very much enjoyed, too.

Sleeping in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

On my second flight in the China Airlines Business Class, I had the chance to sleep for several hours thanks to the flight time of slightly more than 13 hours. The seats can be automatically adjusted into a fully flat position.

In this position, the seats look a little bit tight and you can not perfectly move in all directions, but I thought that the bed is reasonably comfortable in the fully flat mode. It’s worth noting though that the footwell is a little bit tight, making the China Airlines long haul Business Class not perfect in that regard.

Especially taller people might have problems getting comfortable here, but I thought that the seats offer a good sleeping spot in the fully flat position. The bedding of China Airlines consits of a medium-sized pillow as well as a nice enough blanket. I think a second pillow would be a good addition, but besides that I was content with the offerings.

What’s lacking is some sort of a comforter, but the sleeping surface of the seat is comfortable enough, so that’s not too much of a downside.

Catering in the China Airlines long haul Business Class

I had the chance to try various different meals in the China Airlines long haul Business Class, making it possible to judge the catering quite well. On both flights, I was offered a menu, which, on the long haul segment, also came with a wine list.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both flights started with a choice of welcome beverage on the ground, which was either a juice, champagne (Pol Roger 2006) or water.

On my flight from Hongkong to Taipeh, I was offered dinner on a tray. There was a choice of two main dishes, but the whole meal was served on a tray. I thought it was reasonably good, though not outstanding.

In addition to the main dish, there were two desserts, but oddly no starter on the tray. The fruits and little cake were good though.

On my flight in the China Airlines long haul Business Class there was another round of drinks upon reaching cruising altitude.

This was accompanied by a package of nuts, which I thought wasn’t presented particularly premium.

The first course of the main meal was a so-called ‘Summer Appetizer’, which was reasonably tasty, but served with just a plain bread roll and a not so inspiring salad.

The soup (cream of corn) served afterwards was way better and came with a choice from the bread bakes, where I had a tasty garlic bread.

Of the three courses offered as a main, I decided to go with the beef, served with courgette as well as mashed potatoes – it was really good despite looking not so great.

Afterwards, I was given a choice of desserts and just wanted the mouse cake, but was pro actively brought a cheese plate as well.

There was also ice cream available, but I was quite full at this point already. I really enjoyed the quick and efficient service in the China Airlines Business Class as dinner was done in just 90 minutes after take-off, allowing for longer sleep. Breakfast was served approximately two hours before landing in Amsterdam and came with the choice between Asian and Western. I went with the Western option, which was a cheese mushroom omelette.

I’m not a fan of egg dishes in the air and this one was no exception. While the hot dish was rather disappointing, I thought that the fruits and joghurts served with it were reasonably good. The croissant looked a little sad though and also didn’t taste particularly great.


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