Review of Air China Business Class – A330

Review of Air China Business Class – A330

I was not expecting much from Air China business class, which is why I am surprised that they still failed to satisfy my expectations. We were flying on a United Global First itinerary, from Taipei to Dulles, with a stop over in Beijing.   We arrived at the Taipei airport and quickly checked in at the Air China business class and first class line.  I kept joking that I could not remember the difference between Air China and China Airlines.  The desk agent was wearing a China Airlines uniform, our boarding pass was printed on an Air China ticket, and our lounge pass was printed on China Airlines paper.  Perhaps I was not the only one who was confused.   Immediately upon clearing immigration, we found our way to the China Airlines lounge, but were told we needed to use the lounge near gate D4.  We bypassed the Star Alliance affiliated Eva Lounges and followed our lounge pass to a dungeon of an airport lounge.  The United lounge in Minneapolis was nicer than this.  The food was decent, but there was no view of the run way, no windows, no ambiance.  We were disappointed, but waited our 3 hours to board.   The Air China A330-200 was dated, to say the least.  We do not fly business class a lot, considering most of our flights now are on Air Asia, so when we do, we want to make the most of experience.   The seats were worn around the edges. The yellow and white pillow, matched with red blanket, red slippers, and blue and grey seats were not too...