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Taipei-Beijing on Air China in Business Class
Cabin Class: Business
Equipment: Airbus 330-300
Flight Number: CA 186
Seat Number: 12D
Air China Business Class Cabin
Date: March 13, 2014
Departure time in Taipei (TPE): 12:55
Arrival time in Beijing (PEK): 16:15
Travel Time: 3h 20m
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #55
Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel
Arriving at the airport with more than 2 hours before the flight, we headed directly to the check in desk.
This is a nice and modern airport, I have to say.
My boarding pass together with the China Airlines Lounge Invitation.
I would have wanted to check the EVA Air Lounge but I guess there will be another chance for that. For a complete review of the China Airlines Lounge, please click here.
The Airbus 330 taking us to Beijing that Thursday afternoon.
Boarding started on time at Gate D4.
Originally, I was seated at 12D but since I wanted to seat with Mike, I was allowed to move to the seat next to him.
TV monitor, slippers and magazines.
Seat and entertainment controls.
View from my seat. The cabin has a total of 36 seats, half of which were occupied that day.
While handing out the menu card, the cabin attendant also asked if it was okay to wake me up for the meal service.
For predeparture beverage, the cabin attendants were offering champagne, orange juice and water. Mike settled for a glass of bubbly which was Champagne Cattier Brut while I had a glass of water.
The headset and entertainment controls. The entertainment controls were actually hot, perhaps from where it was placed.
Almonds, a glass of apple juice and hot towel.
Green Salad with Prawn and Spicy Kanimi Crab Claw
Soya Mustard Dressing
Hot Fried Rice Noodles with Chicken
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Rolls with Butter
The other choice for the main course was Onion Butter Rice with Pork and Bacon Cream Sauce.
The arrival cards were also handed out to us.
A cup of green tea to end the meal.
Inside the lavatory, they had the Air China skin care products.
We landed at Beijing International Airport around 4:20 in the afternoon. After passing thru the "transit but leaving the airport" controls where we have 72hour free visa, we took the Airport Express to Dongzhimen Station where our hotel, Oriental Garden Hotel was located.
Our long time friend met us at the hotel lobby and after a few chats, we decided to have dinner. He took us to a street famous for its restaurants serving really spicy food. Well, we took the mildest version though.