A few days ago, a travel blogger wrote about smoking on a China Eastern flight, and the smell of cigarettes came from either the cockpit or the crew rest area:
So I’m not sure who is smoking, though I have to assume that it’s either the pilots in the cockpit, or otherwise the flight attendants in the galleys and crew rests
The CAAC's (Civil Aviation Administration of China) decree #71 banned smoking in the cabin and toilets in domestic and regional (HK, Macau and Taiwan) scheduled flights, as well as smoking in non-smoking areas and toilets for international flights. The major Chinese airlines don't have smoking areas on international flights anyway.
In reality, many pilots and first officers on Chinese airlines smoke in the cockpit, regardless of whether it's a domestic or international flight. It seems that the cockpit and crew rest area are not part of the cabin according to Chinese standards.
- Are the crew rest area and cockpit considered as part of the cabin according to ICAO?
- Does any major civil aviation authority consider them to be part of the cabin?