Exploring the Cabins of the Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Back in August, Uzbekistan Airways received the first of its two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners ordered from Boeing. The national airline of the Republic of Uzbekistan has long been under the radar, even after receiving this next generation aircraft type. Information about the cabin products is absent on the official website of the airline; media coverage has also been scarce. In this post, >talkairlines will be taking a close look at the mysterious Central Asian beauty. … Continue reading Exploring the Cabins of the Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

China Airlines To Refurbish Airbus A330-300 Fleet

(Update 30 OCTOBER 2017: China Airlines has apparently halted retrofit plans for the A330-300s in favor of leasing and ordering new aircraft instead. According to media reports, the airline is planning on placing orders for regional wide-bodies in two years [late-2019].) China Airlines is actively planning the refurbishment of its Airbus A330-300 fleet. According to its annual report for investors, the Taiwanese national carrier will carry out a retrofit … Continue reading China Airlines To Refurbish Airbus A330-300 Fleet

China Airlines Reveals Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Interiors

The delivery date of the first Airbus A350-900XWB (A359) for China Airlines (CI) is quickly approaching. Today, the Taiwanese airline officially unveiled the cabin designs of this game-changing aircraft type. Configured as a 306-seater, the aircraft will be able to accommodate 32 passengers in Premium Business Class, 31 in Premium Economy Class, and 243 in Economy Class, including 12 sets of Family Couch seats. Nonstop European routes from Taipei to Amsterdam, … Continue reading China Airlines Reveals Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Interiors

China Eastern To Introduce New Airbus A330-300 Premium Products

China Eastern Airlines will soon be debuting new cabin products for its Airbus A330-300 (A333). According to CARNOC, the second largest Chinese carrier is planning on introducing yet another type of lie-flat Business Class seat, the Vantage XL model from Thompson Aero, while adding Premium Economy Class, likely Economy Class seats with extra legroom (38 inches). These new seating products are also expected to be installed … Continue reading China Eastern To Introduce New Airbus A330-300 Premium Products

JAL (Japan Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Economy Class JL065 San Diego (SAN) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) Trip Report

In summer 2015, I moved from Tokyo to San Diego. One of the primary concerns I had before moving was how the local airport lacked intercontinental flights. To return to Asia, I had to make it to Los Angeles either through a costly flight or a time-consuming train-ride. Both options were not at all ideal. To my surprise, Japan Airlines runs a daily roundtrip between Narita Airport in Greater Tokyo … Continue reading JAL (Japan Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Economy Class JL065 San Diego (SAN) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) Trip Report

China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report)

Airlines: China Airlines (中華航空) Flight: CI006 Aircraft: B-18051 Boeing 777-36N/ER (77W) (波音777-300ER) (358-seat configuration/ 40C 62PY 256Y) Class Type: Premium Economy Class (豪華經濟艙) (PY Class) Seat: 30K (First row in the class type; window seat) Origin: Taipei/ Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport – Terminal 2 (TPE/T2) (台北/台灣桃園國際機場/第二航廈) Destination: Los Angeles International Airport – Tom Bradley International Terminal (LAX/TBIT) (洛杉磯國際機場/湯姆·布蘭得利國際航廈) Date: 13 September, 2015 ATD: 05:57 PM TST ATA: 02:25 PM PST It was around a … Continue reading China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report)

“Shining Star 777” Takes Off: EVA Air Introduces Kikilala-Themed Seventh Hello Kitty Jet

EVA Air and Sanrio have completed the seventh and last Hello Kitty livery, “Shining Star”, on a newly delivered Boeing 777-300ER. Carrying the registration number B-16722, “Shining Star” has debuted on the route between Taipei Taoyuan Airport and Singapore Changi Airport on 15 June. On 19 June, it will operate the inaugural EVA Air nonstop service from Taipei Taoyuan Airport to Houston Intercontinental Airport. Kiki and Lala, along with … Continue reading “Shining Star 777” Takes Off: EVA Air Introduces Kikilala-Themed Seventh Hello Kitty Jet

China Airlines Hints Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Design and Outlines Route Plan

UPDATE 11 APR 2016: China Airlines has released pictures of the Airbus A350-900XWB cabin interior design. Refer to [>talkinterior] China Airlines Reveals Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Interiors. (Updated 14 March 2016) On 16 May 2015, the Airbus A350-900XWB touched down on Taiwanese soil for the first time. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, first stop of the third A350 Around the World Tour, is the base of the sole A350 Taiwanese customer, … Continue reading China Airlines Hints Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Design and Outlines Route Plan

China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Business Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report PART II)

This is the second part of a two-part trip report. For the first part, a review on the newly renovated Dynasty Lounge, please click HERE.  Today we celebrate the first anniversary of >talkairlines. Throughout the year, we have been very lucky being the exclusive reporter on many new products in the airline industry. Among the exclusive reports are those on the China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER cabin products. Back in March 2014, China Airlines started unveiling, … Continue reading China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Business Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report PART II)

Air Astana Introduces “Economy Sleeper”: New Economic Business Class Concept

(Special thanks to the PR team of Air Astana for providing all necessary information.) Recently, many airlines have picked up the Air New Zealand Skycouch concept. While China Airlines introduced “Family Couch” and Azul introduced “Sky Sofa”, Air Astana is now becoming the latest carrier to introduce a similar yet slightly different product. The Kazakh airline is announcing the new “Economy Sleeper Class”, in which each passenger will get … Continue reading Air Astana Introduces “Economy Sleeper”: New Economic Business Class Concept