I would rather fly to HKG on QF then KA/CX into China or TPE, than a non QF/OW status recognising carrier direct.FYI for those looking to fly to china with QF
China Air are *not* a chinese carrier, they are Taiwanese. It wasn't so long ago there were no direct flights between Taiwan and China, even now quite a few of their flights into mainland China are actually codeshares on chinese airlines. Also, CI did *not* have the best of reputations, safety-wise.
Well out of HKG,Really QF should be signing codeshares from their Asian hubs like HKG, rather than giving all the business to other carriers.
Anyway I'm sure the bean counters know 'best'.
The problem is you will only get lounge access one way (departing australia) and then again only if the QF lounge is open, just checked the BNE to TPE timings and it departs at 11pm, so the BNE lounge will still be open, however QF changes its lounge opening timings seasonally around QF and OW flights(that are contracted to QF) not other codeshares generally.I think this is good news. We fly to Taiwan and this means I can go direct get QF points and access a lounge. I wonder if they will create an associated lounge for those with qc membership to use in tpe.
So its better than both MH A333 and 772 J?I flew return J: SYD-BNE-TPE-SYD in Jan for a work trip to Taiwan.
I think was about $3500 in total, staff are attentive and friendly. Wouldn't say it was near QF J standard for the Aus - HK/Sing routes, cabins were a bit dated and felt a bit like the CX intra Asia J. No lie flat bed, just fully recline able seat, fairly limited entertainment options.
Still was happy to take it over MH J.