China Airlines rolled out its 777-300ER aircraft in October 2014, and has ten as of August this year, operating them on routes to NewYork, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The Taipei–Frankfurt service is now a daily flight.
My flight departed from Terminal 2, and China Airlines’check-in counters are located in Zone D. Business class passengers can check in two bags, but I was reminded to keep any luggage containing items I wanted to claim tax refund for. China Airlines’ check-in process was quick, but it took me 40 minutes to queue up for tax refund.
China Airlines and other Skyteam members share the Sky Lounge at Frankfurt Airport, which is situated opposite gate D8. It’s large, with plenty of seating, lots of natural light, and provides all the requisite amenities, including a good German breakfast, snacks, drinks, fast WiFi and pay shower facilities. However I noticed that the lounge is only open until 9 PM.
Boarding started punctually at 1020, and I didn’t have to wait at the gate. Once on board, a flight attendant delivered a hot towel, soft drink, and in-flight food and wine menus.
This plane has three classes: business, premium economy and economy. The Sky Lounge bar separates business class into two cabins, row 10 to 16 and 20 to 23 (with no row 13), configured in a 1-2-1 herringbone pattern and offering 40 seats in total. The center seats face slightly inwards but the curving of the moulded shell means you are slightly recessed, which gives more privacy. Access to the aisle is good for all seats.
A touchscreen panel above the generous armrest controls seat adjustment, there’s a nice side table lamp and a reading light. The seat extends to a 198cm flat-bed, and its ergonomic design made it comfortable to lie on. The 18-inch touchscreen TV is paired with a Panasonic Ex IFE system, providing Chinese, English and Japanese languages and a comprehensive entertainment selection. The noise-canceling headphones provided were of high quality.