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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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Safety wise, if an airline is allowed to land at an EU airport they are safe. That simple. They need to adhere to the EASA regulations for that. Also, they are in the IATA IOSA registry and the last time China Airlines had a fatal accident was in 2002 and the last time they had any accident was in 2007. Source: ...


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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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As a tall person with an ideal weight, you shouldn't worry about the width of the seat. What you should worry about is the pitch of the seat, which will give you a better idea of the leg room. If you wonder what a seat pitch is: Seat Pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it. While it is ...


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Eva Air is definitely a good carrier but they only serve Vienna, Paris, London and Amsterdam in Europe. Depending on where you are in Germany one of those may be an option. If you allow for a stopover there a literally 100s of options. Most of them seem to be considerably cheaper than China Airlines and you could consider spending on "Premium Economy" for ...


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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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A lot of airlines have 17" wide seats, some 17.5, but usually above that requires paying extra for 'premium' economy (different names with each airline). Width as a comfort factor comes to play if your posterior is wide. While obesity is a primary factor, there are plenty of people who simply have wider hip bones. And long term pressure on your sides ...


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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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Call the airline directly to double check the name on the ticket. If it is entered correctly in the airline system in the USA, it will be OK at check in in China. The check in agents in Beijing will access the same reservation record as the US call center agents see. A lot of times, the name displayed on an eticket or boarding pass is not as you would ...


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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 claim by China Air that they don't have any passenger names sounds like a rather non-standard agreement. Normally a space is booked in the passenger's name on the operating carrier (CI), when you make the booking with the marketing carrier (VN). I would ask Priceline (as they are the agents) for the PNR for your booking(s). There should ultimately be ...


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You'll be fine. While all Etihad flights to the US require APIS information, it can be provided on check-in at Beijing. Alternatively, to speed up things a bit, she can likely log into Etihad's site to manage her flight and enter the information there.


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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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