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Realistically China Airways is as safe as any other major airline. That's not to say that there couldn't be a safety issue on them tomorrow, just like there could be on any airline - but realistically the odds are incredibly low. Historically (going back 15-20 years or more) they did have a relatively poor reputation for safety, however in recent years ...


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I've flown China airlines many-o-times and I'm still here. They are the cheaper carrier our of Taiwan, but they aren't the worst airlines I've ever been on. Statistically speaking, there is very little chance anything will happen to you on China airlines. That being said, they do have a reputation in Taiwan as being not-the-safest carrier. They lack a lot ...


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Given that they're not on the list of Airlines banned in the European Union, they're safer than many, many airlines, and also meet all safety criteria specified by the EU. That's a pretty strict standard. Also remember, even with a dodgy airline, statistically it's still safer than driving. Would you get in a car? Cool, you'll be fine in the plane too ...


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I've flown China Airlines several times -- LAX-Taipei-Jakarta -- and have never encountered any maintenance-related problem (or noticed any lack of training on behalf of the crew). Unlike, say, Indonesian and Iranian carriers, I don't think China Airlines has ever been banned from traveling to European airports.


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China Airlines is in the IATA IOSA registry. See How are safety standards enforced in an airline which is not IOSA certified? for more on IATA IOSA. Further, China Airlines is allowed to fly commercial flights from the United States (for eg CI-7 LAX-TPE) and the EU (for eg CI-66 AMS-BKK) both. The safety regulations for those are extremely strict.


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I found a site about plane crashes. It seems a little morbid, but has a lot of information about plane crashes, including accidents history, statistics and events by airline. According to them, the last crash by China Airlines was in 2002. They had a bad time in the 80's and 90's, when they crashed 8 times. It seems to me they have learned form their ...


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The flight which occasioned this question will be long in the past, but this answer may reassure others in a similar position. Even though China Airlines do not have quite as good a record as one would hope, on any short trip to China (say 2 to 4 weeks) you are far more likely to die crossing a Chinese road than in one of their aircraft. I have flown ...


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This happens all the time, and the only thing the airline is required to do is give you a full refund. Yes you are screwed. No there is nothing you can do. You can try asking the airline for 'ex gratia' compensation, but you can't compel them to pay anything. You could also write a song about them and put it on YouTube if it will make you feel better.


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The airlines should really bridge the gap but sometimes they do not. The problem is that most people do not have time or funds to fight them over a single incident. This happened to be before and in the end it worked out, but it was not easy. Here is what worked for me: Ask to change the flight which no longer connects. Instead of Hong Kong - Xi'an, change ...


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The "Y" printed between the flight number and date, may simply refer to the cabin. There is no rule that requires displaying the fare code, many systems simply put Y or COACH to indicate the cabin you are sitting in, while others actually put the fare bucket C, K, M, etc. The key to your fare class is in your fare basis, which maybe printed on your receipt. ...



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