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China Airlines is the latest airline to order an Airbus A350. In this trip report I review their Business Class product. The Airbus A350-900 is a new aircraft and is arguably the competitor to Boeing’s carbon fibre 787 aircraft. I have outlined which Airlines Fly The Airbus A350 Aircraft in this review.

What are the advantages of the Airbus A350?
Flying on the Airbus A350 is an altogether better experience and should also reduce passenger jet lag. It is built largely from the lighter construction material, carbon fibre, which enables a 25 per cent increased operational efficiency. The A350 has a number of advantages over older jets including a quieter environment, larger panoramic windows, LED mood lighting that can simulate sunset and sunrise, lower cabin pressure and a high-efficiency filtration system that changes the air in the cabin completely every three minutes. All this means that passengers should suffer less jet lag as the groggy feeling when you leave the plane is partially caused by a lack of oxygen when flying. Lower air pressure on older jets means there is less oxygen in the air. The higher air pressure in the A350 means there is more oxygen in the cabin which should immediately alleviate some of the problems of jet lag.

China Airlines A350 Business Class Review
The China Airlines A350 is a huge improvement over the comparatively elderly aircraft it will be replacing. The brand new China Airlines Business Class uses Song Dynasty aesthetics with the latest technologies to create a fusion of traditional elements and modernised looks and amenities. You can see the China Airlines video about the A350 experience here:

In business class, China Airlines offers B/E Aerospace Super Diamond outward-facing herringbones, similar to those installed on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The 1-2-1 layout features 18-inch IFE screens and personal table lamps. The large business class cabin stretches from doors 1 to doors 2, with premium economy starting behind those boarding doors.

The Sky Lounge concept found on the B777-300ER will also be present the A350, as the “Sky Bistro”. It will function as a space where premium passengers can find snacks and reading materials during their flight. This is positioned by the door when entering the plane. The elegant and welcoming galley has pretty facias that hide a walk-up self-service bar area on arrival. The Sky Bistro features teas, coffees, Champagne and wine, snacks, and a selection of reading material (see picture below and video).

China Airlines A350 Premium Economy Review
Premium economy on China Airlines A350 is in a very spacious 2-3-2 configuration, compared with 2-4-2 layouts on A350-operating competitors like Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. The seats offered are the same Zodiac AIRgo FX premium seats found on the China Airlines B777-300ER. Because of the space this product comes closer to business than it does to economy with seats that recline to a comfortable dozing position and plenty of space for passengers.

China Airlines A350 Economy Review
Economy on the A350 offers wide seats in a comfortable 3-3-3 configuration, plus the Skycouch for families with the addition of a small teddy bear. The seat width is a comfortable 18 inches, while each seat also offers 116 degrees of recline and a 32-inch pitch.

All China Airlines A350-900 aircraft will feature this three-class configuration, with 32 seats in Premium Business, 31 in premium economy and 243 in economy – of which 12 are Family Couch seats. The A350 is particularly good in economy, especially compared with the tight 3-4-3 seating on the 777-300ER and is a world-leader in premium economy.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other China Airlines flight reviews.

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