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Google doc for China Airlines
- 2017 China Airlines Network
- China Airlines is up to date for English, Mandarin is almost finished.
- A document for Far Eastern Air Transport will be made soon.
- A document for Tigerair Taiwan (LCC) will also be made.

Things to note:

Information may not be up-to-date and is only served as advice. It's best for one to call the airline or check the official website. This thread will only cover carriers not having their own forums operated from Taiwan (not China). It's recommended to read some recent discussions in this page or this section of the forum as they might not yet be updated.

Please visit EVA FT forum for information regards to EVA Air.

Miles Buzz

China Airlines (CI) - 中華航空
Subsidiary: Mandarin Airlines (AE) - 華信航空

Fare Family
- China Airlines has followed the steps of EVA Air adopting new fare system where you are charged depending on the booking class you purchase. Have a read: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/othe...y-br-v-ci.html and https://www.china-airlines.com/tw/en...ts/fare-family

Lounge Fiasco
- Novotel has returned to Terminal 1 operation. The lounge is now featuring food/beverage items previously that were available (such as boba milk tea).

Future destinations
- CI plans to operate Milan and Prague Winter 2019/2020 at earliest.

Frequent Flyer Programs

China Airlines (CI) - 中華航空
Subsidiary: Mandarin Airlines (AE) - 華信航空

Mileage Upgrade no longer applicable to cheap tickets
- From July 2, 2020

You may only upgrade via miles with booking codes Y, B, M, K, Q, T, V for Economy and W, U, A for Premium Economy on all sectors.

Far Eastern Air Transport (FE) - 遠東航空

Ceased operation as of December 13, 2019.

Starlux (JW) - 星宇航空

Inaugural flight to Macau on January 23, 2020.

Plans to introduce:
13x A321NEO (3 already in service)
8x A330-900NEO (starting 2021 Q4)
10x A350-900 (starting 2022 Q1, delayed by at minimum a Q)
8x A350-1000 (delivers after 359)

Currently operating daily Macau flight and 2x weekly to Penang.

International Airport Gateways

TPE Taipei Taoyuan International Airport - 桃園國際機場
KHH Kaohsiung International Airport - 高雄國際機場
RMQ Taichung International Airport - 台中清泉崗國際機場
TSA Taipei Songshan International Airport - 台北松山機場
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Old Apr 6, 10, 8:23 am
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Compiled info for China Airlines, EVA Airways, TransAsia Airways

See wiki.

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Old Apr 6, 10, 9:06 am
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Cool. Thanks for the information. Maybe Mod can make this as a sticky.
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Old Apr 7, 10, 1:46 am
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Oops, I just saw the request not to post in the thread upon re-reading. Apparently, deleting of posts has been disabled also.

Sorry!!


1. For the Lounge section on CI:
- Abu Dhabi used to use a third party lounge when it was still a current destination.
- Beijing uses the Air China Lounge
- Phuket uses the Thai Airways Lounge
- Shanghai uses the China Eastern Lounge
- Sydney uses the Quantas Lounge (and is by far the nicest lounge I've ever used while flying on CI)
- Vienna uses a third party lounge, but I can't remember who operates it, but it's a pretty limited service lounge.

2. An "off the top of my head" informal rating of all the lounges I've used while flying CI (and can remember well enough), in order from best to worst. Of all those listed, only Sydney is what I would call "World Class" quality.

- Sydney (Operated by Quantas)
- Taipei
- Hong Kong
- Abu Dhabi (3rd Party, can't remember who)
- Bangkok
- Beijing (Operated by Air China)
- Tokyo
- Shanghai (Operated by China Eastern)
- San Francisco
- Vienna (3rd Party, can't remember who)


3. For the Dynasty Program Requirements, for EMER and PARA, in addition to the mileage requirements, you also have to fly 4 paid (as opposed to upgraded) business/first class flights for EMER, and 6 paid business/first class flights for PARA. "D" fares do count for this requirement, as confirmed by a call to the customer service line in Taipei.


4. The four new 747-400s (B-1821x), are deployed almost exclusively on LAX routes. Occasionally, you will see them on a HKG or Mainland China route. In close to 200 flights taken over the past 4 years, I've only seen one of these aircraft used 4-5 times on non-LAX routes.


5. PARA members also get:
- Priority (no waiting) security line access on departure in Sydney.
- Phuket gets priority security and customs clearance on departure, with an escort all the way from check-in counter to lounge/gate. If you opt to use the lounge, your escort waits for you at the lounge as well. The general manager of CI's Phuket office also greets you at the gate on arrival and walks you from the gate through baggage claim and customs, all the way to ground transportion and also sees you off at the gate for departure.
- Occasional offers of free concert tickets if a concert of likely interest to the PARA membership base comes to your home location.
- Mont Blanc Starwalker Pen from the in-flight Duty Free Magazine hand delivered to an address of your choosing upon reaching PARA status.
- Use of the First Class/Paragon check in lounge on departure from TPE Terminal 2

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Old Apr 12, 10, 8:43 pm
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For the Lounge section on CI it says:

Brisbane - Air New Zealand Lounge (?)

I can confirm that was correct as at 28 April 2009. Will check on 14 May 2010.
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Old Apr 12, 10, 9:07 pm
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In MNL EVA uses the PAGStop Lounge

In CGK EVA has offered a voucher good for my choice of either the Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) Premier lounge or the Pura Indah Lounge with the JAS lounge being the clear winner IMO.

Also, I have flown BR TPE-MNL ALLOT and have never, ever, heard of an M90 on that route. AFIK it is always either an A330 or a 74E.

Outstanding collection of information BTW. Thanks for posting it.

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Old May 3, 10, 9:01 am
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Compiled info for EVA Airways & TransAsia Airways

See wiki.

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Old May 13, 10, 10:52 pm
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Just confirmed, CI Paragons also get priority security line in Shanghai also.
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Old May 26, 10, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by bnebased View Post
For the Lounge section on CI it says:

Brisbane - Air New Zealand Lounge (?)

I can confirm that was correct as at 28 April 2009. Will check on 14 May 2010.
Correct as at 14 May 2010.
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Old Jun 9, 10, 9:02 pm
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Anyone know what the standby requirements are for TransAsia Airways? Do they allow same day standby on other flights, space available?

I cant find these rules anywhere.
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Old Jun 14, 10, 12:41 am
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CI lounge @ SZX

they will use "First Class Lounge" at 2F international terminal after immigration.
International terminal has no jetway bridge and will use shuttle bus for boarding.
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Old Jun 14, 10, 12:36 pm
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Updated. Thanks for the info.

TransAsia does allow same day stand by for flights, given there are spaces available.

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Old Jun 14, 10, 11:45 pm
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Anyone know the MCT at TPE.
Looking to fly MFM-TPE-HKG-SYD on a Eva/ Cathay connection.

Will be separate tickets. Tightest connection is 1hr20.

Secondly does Eva interline luggage with Cathay?
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Old Jun 15, 10, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by moa999 View Post
Anyone know the MCT at TPE.
Looking to fly MFM-TPE-HKG-SYD on a Eva/ Cathay connection.

Will be separate tickets. Tightest connection is 1hr20.

Secondly does Eva interline luggage with Cathay?
Same terminal MCT is 60 minutes; terminal 1 to 2 and vv is 90 minutes. Most of the time (95%+) they are both in the same terminal, although CX uses the B gates and BR uses the C gates. Very rarely BR has to use an A gate, so 1:20 technically is fine. BR and CX do interline bags.
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Old Jun 15, 10, 1:31 am
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CI lounge @SIN

CI will use The Skyview Lounge (same as CX) in Terminal 1 mezzanine floor, after immigration.
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Old Jun 19, 10, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by ak333 View Post
Same terminal MCT is 60 minutes; terminal 1 to 2 and vv is 90 minutes. Most of the time (95%+) they are both in the same terminal, although CX uses the B gates and BR uses the C gates. Very rarely BR has to use an A gate, so 1:20 technically is fine. BR and CX do interline bags.
A/B are terminal 1 and C/D are terminal 2. So technically C<->B is 2<->1 has a MCT of 90 minutes.

To moa999 though, I would not worry at all. The B concourse is just an extra 5 minutes or so.

I do assume you have planned on being able to online checkin with CX as that would be an issue.
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