Until December 31st 2023, many flights from Taipei to Busan and Taipei to Takamatsu will be with the Pikachu Jet CI.
Did you know that the McDonald’s inside Sydney International Airport cooks its food in the sky? Well, more so figuratively. There is a mesmerising pulley system that delivers the food from the 2nd floor to the serving staff on the ground floor.
In any case, the seating area in front of the McDonald’s was less packed later in the night and offered a good location to simultaneously do work and watch airplanes through the floor to ceiling windows.
A late night flight starting at Sydney Kingsford Smith
I didn’t know what to expect of China Airlines before my journey to Busan, South Korea began. Like many, I was surprised to learn that the airline is Taiwanese (owned by China Airlines Group). I had never flown with them before and after the two consecutive flights en-route to Busan, I will look forward to flying with China Airlines again.
The Economy Class cabin was modern, sleek and comfortable. The Sydney to Taipei leg is Flight CI52 (CI is the code given to China Airlines flights by the International Air Transport Association, IATA), with a flight time of around 9 hours.
The aircraft is made by Airbus, and its model is A350-900. The entertainment system was a highlight, with recent blockbusters and a smooth operation. The Economy seat also had a charging power outlet (below the TV screen) with multi-plug adaptability.
Business Class on board CI52 Airbus 350-900
The cabin crew were efficient without compromising on making passengers feel welcomed. Seeing my interest in taking pictures of the interior, a cabin crew attendent came over and pleasantly asked whether I was a “plane geek”. This is probably a title I will aspire to. After knowing about my habit of making social media videos, the flight attendent welcomed me to see the Sky Lounge and Business Class area.
It was past midnight when I was kindly invited to see the Business Class area, and it was memorable. The seat recline can be controlled via a touchscreen panel, enabling a cozy sleeping position. I found over-ear headphones, slippers and a charging outlet in one of the compartments. The TV screen is spacious and controllable via remote. All in all, you feel like you’re in a semi-private compartment.
Bidding farewell to the friendly crew, my transit was at Taoyuan Airport. The walk to the departure area for my next flight (Taipei to Busan) took around 20 minutes (excluding security bag check time). Be sure to allow time if your next flight is very soon! Fortunately my transit time was 4 hours, which was ample.
China Airlines has partnered with The Pokemon Company, meaning that two short routes will offer passengers the novel experience of flying in a Pokemon-themed aircraft. Your Instagram feed will love it. The two routes are Taipei to Takamatsu (Japan) and Taipei to Busan (South Korea).
You’ll see eleven Pokemon painted on the fuselage, including Jigglypuff, Snorlax, Slowpoke and Teddiursa. See the plane in this TikTok video. The flight was around 2 hours and despite the comparatively shorter flight time, we were still served breakfast. Furthermore, the TV had the same, entertaining selection as the previous flight.