[>talkflying] China Airlines Airbus A330-300 Economy Class CI221 HND – TSA (Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Taipei Songshan (TSA) Trip Report Part II)

BY Kai-Chin Shih / 12 JUNE 2014/ TAIPEITAIWAN/ talkairlines.wordpress.com

This is the second part of a two-part trip report. For the first part, click here.

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Airline: China Airlines 中華航空公司/チャイナエアライン

Flight: CI221 (CI221便)

Aircraft: B-18306 Airbus A330-300 (313-seat Short Haul Configuration Business Class/C: 36 Economy Class/Y: 277)

Class Type: Economy Class

Seat: 07K (Exit Row Window Seat)

Origin: Tokyo Haneda International Airport 東京羽田國際空港/東京羽田國際機場

Destination: Taipei Songshan (Matsuyama) International Airport 台北松山國際空港/台北松山國際機場

Date: 12 June, 2014

ATD: 02:56 PM JST

ATA: 05:12 PM TST

B-18306 at gate 111

B-18306 at gate 111

Gate 111

Gate 111

Ticket + Passport

Ticket + Passport

At 14:05, the boarding process of CI221 began at gate 111. After having my tickets checked, I took the escalator down to the 2nd floor, where the jet bridge is connected to. All jet bridges at Haneda Airport’s International Terminal are glass jet bridges. They are much more visually appealing than the normal jet bridges and can allow passengers to take pictures while boarding the plane.

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B-18306 with China Eastern Airbus A321 (B-6345) & Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HUF)

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Boarding process was rather speedy. The load factor was high and approximately 60% of the passengers were Taiwanese. The Airbus A330-300 we were flying on, B-18306 (MSN675), was delivered in mid-2005. Despite the age, the cabin was still in great condition with comfortable seats and a clean environment. Each seat in Economy Class has a 6.5-inch personal TV screen and an 110V outlet. The seats also feature multi-position headrests to provide passengers a better resting experience.

view from my exit row seat

View from my exit row seat

At around 2:30pm, the plane started pushing back.

China Eastern Airbus A321 + Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400

China Eastern Airbus A321 (B-6345) + Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HUF)

View of the International Terminal

View of the International Terminal

It took us almost 20 minutes to taxi to Runway D, a runway solely used by outbound flights. At 2:56 PM, we took off from the runway. During take-off (and later landing), I sat across from a Japanese crew. Due to the large number of flights between Taiwan & Japan (around 180 flights weekly operated by CI), China Airlines has crew bases throughout Japan and assigns Japanese crews to flights in need of people who can speak Japanese.

Below the clouds is the rainy & windy Tokyo.

Below the clouds is the rainy & windy Tokyo.

Magazines in the seat pocket: DYNASTY, FANTASY SKY (in-flight entertainment guide), SKY BOUTIQUE (duty free catalogue)

Magazines in the seat pocket: DYNASTY, FANTASY SKY (in-flight entertainment guide), SKY BOUTIQUE (duty free catalogue)

A330-300 Safety Cards

A330-300 Safety Cards

Exit Seat Passenger Information (Regulations + Responsibilities)

Exit Seat Passenger Information (Regulations + Responsibilities)

Earphones

Earphones

Logo on the earphones

Logo on the earphones

Handheld device

Handheld device

Slippers

Slippers

Lavatory

Lavatory

20 minutes after take-off, our plane passed by Mt. Fuji. I was not expecting to see Mt. Fuji since the weather was so horrible. Yet, the mountain was so high that it poked through the clouds.

IMG_2995 IMG_2996 IMG_3002Half an hour after take-off, the cabin crew started offering meal services. There were two choices: braised pork rice and donburi (named by the catering company, consisted of fried shrimp & vegetables on top of rice). I chose donburi. The meal came with a bowl of macaroni salad with ham, a bowl of canned fruits, a piece of chocolate cake, and a bread roll. The meal was rather satisfying. The flavour of the main dish was great, the portion was appropriate, and the side dishes were all appetising.

IMG_3006About an hour after meal services were over, the pilot announced that we would be starting our descend soon. We were told that the weather in Taiwan was sunny and the temperature was a comfortable 27 degrees.

Flight path HND-TSA (TYO-TPE)

Flight path HND-TSA (TYO-TPE)

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

Around 5:00PM TST we entered Taiwanese airspace.

Flying over the beautiful Tamsui River

Flying over the beautiful Tamsui River

Guandu Bridge

Guandu Bridge

Approaching Taipei

Approaching Taipei

More buildings...

More buildings…

CONCRETE JUNGLE!

CONCRETE JUNGLE!

Video of our plane passing by the impressive Taipei city while landing into Songshan Airport.

At 5:12PM we touched down in Taipei. Due to the small size of the airport, it only took us a few minutes to get to the gates. The lights & shadows were gorgeous at that time, making Taipei more beautiful than ever.

Leaving the runway

Leaving the runway

Passing by an EVA Air Airbus A321 and a private airbus jet

Passing by an EVA Air Airbus A321 and a private airbus jet

The terminal under the beautiful lights

The terminal under the beautiful lights

Two jet bridges were connected to our plane and passengers left the aircraft quickly. The arrival corridor was not wide, yet the airport managed to decorate it with posters and symbols of Taiwan.

China Eastern Airbus A330-300 Leaving for Shanghai

China Eastern Airbus A330-300 Leaving for Shanghai

The beautifully decorated arrival corridor

The beautifully decorated arrival corridor

Thank you B-18306 for taking us to Taiwan!

Thank you B-18306 for taking us to Taiwan!

B-18306 will later operate a night flight to Haneda

B-18306 will later operate a night flight to Haneda

"奉茶"Serve Tea

“奉茶”Serve Tea

"Welcome to Taipei" poster

“Welcome to Taipei” poster

TPE "Admitted" Stamp

TSA “Admitted” Stamp

Songshan Airport is a small yet beautiful & convenient airport. Its interiors are calming and give passengers a sense of being at home; its location allows travellers to quickly get to downtown Taipei; its small in size makes the arrival process faster. Less than 20 minutes after leaving the plane, I was already outside the airport enjoying the beautiful sunlight of Taipei. Thanks to the great services and products of China Airlines, I had a wonderful journey. Looking forward to my return flight back to Tokyo!

Taipei Songshan Airport Panorama Picture

Taipei Songshan Airport Panorama Picture

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2 thoughts on “[>talkflying] China Airlines Airbus A330-300 Economy Class CI221 HND – TSA (Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Taipei Songshan (TSA) Trip Report Part II)

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