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China Airlines is the flag carrier and largest airline of Taiwan and is headquartered in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
China Airlines flies to many destinations worldwide including Tokyo, Xuzhou, Yantai, Changchun, Lijiang, Urumqi, Changsha, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, Denpasar, Jakrarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and many others.
China Airlines has two airline subsidiaries: Mandarin Airlines which operates flights to domestic desintations, China Airlines Cargo and Tigerair Taiwan. China Airlines has a codeshare agreement with many others including Alitalia, Bangkok Airways, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Qantas, Shanghai Airlines and many others. China Airlines' fleet consists of A340-300, A330-300, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 747-400F.
In April 2017, China Airlines announced it was expanding its cross-strait service to China, including subsidiary Mandarin Airlines. These additional new flights and/or routes were previously served by TransAsia Airways. China Airlines.
Taipei Taoyuan – Wuxi eff 28MAR17 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, 2 weekly each A330 and 737-800
Taipei Taoyuan – Xuzhou eff 22MAY17 Increase from 2 to 3 weekly, 737-800 service
Taipei Song Shan – Fuzhou eff 28MAR17 Increase from 2 to 3 weekly, by China Airlines 737-800
Taipei Song Shan – Wuhan eff 26APR17 NEW 2 weekly service by China Airlines 737-800
26th July 2017
China Airlines transfer takes total A350 deliveries to 100
Airbus has taken A350 deliveries into triple figures with the handover of a -900 to Taiwanese carrier China Airlines.
The airframer confirms it has notched up 100 deliveries of the twinjet, around 30 months after the first A350 was accepted by Qatar Airways in December 2014.
China Airlines latest A350 (B-18908) is its seventh of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft type.
Its transfer means Airbus has delivered at least 36 A350s this year. The company has been aiming to reach some 75 deliveries over the course of 2017 in order to meet its production ramp-up schedule.
Airbus commercial aircraft president Fabrice Bregier, speaking as the 100thA350 was handed over, insisted that the ramp-up was "on track".
Boeing reached 100 deliveries of its 787 in a little over 25 months.
It reached triple figures with a delivery to Japan Airlines in November 2013, the airframer's backlog data shows. The first 787 was transferred to All Nippon Airways in September 2011.
Bregier puts the A350 operational reliability rate at 99%. Fourteen customers currently operate the twinjet type, which has accumulated total orders for 847 aircraft.
Airbus is intending to deliver the first example of the larger -1000 variant before the end of this year. This aircraft, like the first -900, will go to Qatar Airways.
3th July 2017
China Airlines to halt New York service
China Airlines is considering stopping its Taipei Taoyuan – New York JFK nonstop service and replace it with existing 1-stop service via Los Angeles and San Francisco due to the poor operation. The airlines' decision comes after the rising cost of cabin crew’s layover allowance. China Airlines flight attendants’ layover allowance rose to US$ 5 per hour from US$ 2 after they staged a strike last year. Meanwhile, some US based flight attendants requested to have 48 hours rest period in New York after serving the Taipei Taoyuan – New York JFK route, which largely rose the operating cost of the airline. The Taipei Taoyuan – New York JFK nonstop route, the airline’s longest route has been run for 34 years.
30th June 2017
China Airlines will launch 4 X Weekly direct flights from Taipei Taoyuan International to London Gatwick
Taipei-based China Airlines will launch 4 X Weekly direct flights from Taipei Taoyuan International to London Gatwick from 1st December.
This service will be operated by an Airbus A350XWB on the route, with 306 seats in a three-class configuration.
China Airlines launched its first A350-900 services to Europe on Jan. 9 from Taipei to Amsterdam and Vienna.
The Taiwanese SkyTeam member has 14 A350-900s on order with 10 of the type to be delivered by the end of this year.
Their Oceania network witll grow from 1st December with a Taipei-Sydney route will increase to 2 X daily and Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland will upgrade to 1 X daily.
1st June 2017
China Airlines has ended A340-300 operations after its last remaining aircraft of the type - B-18806 (msn 433) - conducted its last commercial flight on Wednesday, May 31. The flight was CI916 Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok-Taipei Taoyuan.
The Taiwanese carrier has operated a total of six A340-300s over the years. At present, four are parked while a fifth - B-18802 (msn 406) - has been sold to the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (Manzini Matsapha) for official VIP use by the King of Swaziland, Mswati III.
For its part, China Airlines is replacing the outgoing A340s with younger, more economically efficient A350-900s of which it currently operates five.
China Airlines annouced an update to the adjusted planned Taipei Taoyuan - San Francisco operation. China Airlines in this week’s schedule update adjusted planned Taipei Taoyuan – San Francisco operation for winter 2017/18 season. From 01DEC17, CI004/003 service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER once again, replacing Airbus A350-900XWB. The Skyteam member launched A350 service to SFO on 14MAY17.
Current weekly frequency remains unchanged at 11 weekly for winter season, however further changes remain possible.
CI016 TPE1825 – 1325SFO 359 x126
CI004 TPE2340 – 1840SFO 77W D
CI003 SFO0005 – 0600+1TPE 77W D
CI015 SFO1525 – 2120+1TPE 359 x126
16th May 2017
China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US
May 14, China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US, from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to San Francisco, California. The 2 X Weekly service will be increased to 4 x Weekly from 28th June, supplementing the existing daily Taipei-San Francisco flights to 11 x Weekly services.
China Airlines expects to have all 18 aircraft in service in 2018.
Starting from August, the A350s will also operate on the Taipei-Vancouver route. The airline has codeshare agreements in place on North America routes with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America and Canada’s WestJet.
The carrier’s A350s feature 306 seats in three classes, with 32 in premium-business class, 31 in premium economy and 243 in economy. It launched its first A350 services to Europe Jan. 9, 2017, from Taipei to Amsterdam and Vienna.
15th May 2017
China Airlines has added the US to its list of countries operated by its new A350, with the aircraft now being operated on the Taiwanese carrier’s Taipei-San Francisco route.
The airline had previously deployed the aircraft on its long-haul routes to Europe, notably Amsterdam, Vienna and Rome, however as of yesterday (May 14) the aircraft is now flying the carrier’s daily CI004/CI003 flights. China Airlines’ next long-haul route to see the A350 will be Taipei-Vancouver starting August, followed by Sydney in December.
The A350 is looking as though it will have a comprehensive run on China Airlines’ route between Taipei and San Francisco, however. In addition to the daily CI004/CI003 flights, an extra twice-weekly service is also being launched. Flying on Thursday and Sunday, these CI016/CI015 flights will also be operated by the A350, and will be increased to a four-times-weekly service starting June 28 when it begins also flying the route on Wednesday and Friday.
China Airlines received its first A350 back in September last year, and currently has 14 of the aircraft on order with 10 expected to be delivered by the end of 2017. The carrier configures its A350s with three classes, offering 32 Premium Business, 31 premium economy and 243 economy class seats.
12th May 2017
China Airlines to fly Airbus A350 on Sydney-Taipei route
China Airlines will add its latest Airbus A350 to Sydney from December 1 2017 while also going double daily with flights on the Sydney-Taipei route.
Overnight updates to the airline's booking system show both the regular flight CI51/CI52 (which currently runs on an Airbus A330) and the new CI55/CI56 service will both see the advanced Airbus A350, which sports an upmarket business class based on the same design as that of Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways, among others.
All passengers will be able to tap into an inflight satellite Internet service.
The new China Airlines flight CI56 leaves Sydney at 1.30pm to reach Taipei at 7.50pm; the CI55 return leg is wheels-up from Taipei at 8.10am and arrives into Sydney at 8.25pm.
The SkyTeam member will also increase its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights to a daily service, up from the current four flights a week, from December 1.
27th April 2017
China Airlines, Taiwan's main carrier, will launch regular flights between Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Kumamoto from May 26, using a plane decorated with Kumamon, the official black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture. This will be the first time the mascot has been featured on a plane for an international route.
The special plane will operate for about 3 years, according to the Kumamoto prefectural government.
In April 2017, China Airlines announced an adjusted planned regional operation by the Airbus A350 aircraft. From 01OCT17 to 28OCT17, following service will receive A350 operation.
Taipei Taoyuan – Bangkok CI833/834 Day x46 (77W operates on Day 46)
Taipei Taoyuan – Okinawa CI122/123 Day x46 (77W operates on Day 46)
On Taipei Taoyuan – Tokyo Narita route, CI100/101 Boeing 747-400 service will be extended until 28OCT17. This flight was previously scheduled as A350 and 777-300ER service during the month of October 2017.
15th March 2017
From 26th March 2017, China Airlines will fly to and from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing and will only provide two cabin services – Business and Economy.
17th Febuary 2017
China Airlines plans to increase their Taipei Taoyuan to Bangkok route. This is scheduled to commence on 3rd May 2017 and will operate 23 weekly flights instead of 21. The new CI831/832 service will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
10th January 2017
China Airlines and Japan Airlines have agreed to strengthen the current cooperation by expanding the code-sharing agreement to cover all the routes operated by both airlines between Japan and Taiwan from the second half of February. The total number of code-share flights will expand from 28 weekly flights on the Songshan-Haneda route to 240 flights a week (the numbers varies depending on the season schedule).
In 2016, China Airlines has launched its Taipei - Yangzhou flight and 2015 China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines won the CAA 2014 Golden Wing Awards and started to provide new services with 777-300ER on Taipei-New York route from February.
China Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called Dynasty Member to reward regular passengers. Membership benefits apply to China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines self-operated flights and not to code-shared flights operated by other airlines. There are four tiers of membership such as Dynasty, Gold, Emerald and Paragon. Members can qualify for these elite tiers by earning enough air miles and/or segments within 12 calendar months. Elite members have privileges such as access to the VIP lounge, a higher checked baggage allowance, and being to upgrade their ticket to a different cabin. For all travel classes, cabin baggage for travel on China Airlines must not exceed 7kg in weight and must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches in size. Checked baggage must not exceed 32 kg in weight.
Since 2012, China Airlines has worked with SkyTeam to provide the SkyPriority service around the world. Visible "SkyPriority" signs have been installed at China Airlines airport terminals. The boarding passes of all premium business-class passengers, and SkyTeam Super Elite members include the "SkyPriority" logo. In April 2017, China Airliens announced it was considering its options for replacement for its fleet of B737-800s six of whihc are now approaching twenty years old. the Taiwanese carrier is considering the A320neo as it believes an order with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) could curry enough favour with the French government to grant it Paris traffic rights. This would then allow it to compete with rival EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) which already operates a daily Taipei Taoyuan-Paris CDG return service. China Airlines operates a total of twenty B737-800s which it uses on flights throughout Taiwan as well as to Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. In April 2017, China Airlines announced it was considering its options insofar as replacements for its fleet of B737-800s six of which are now approaching twenty years of age. The Taiwanese carrier is considering the A320neo as it believes an order with Airbus could curry enough favour with the French government to grant it Paris traffic rights. This would then allow it to compete with rival EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) which already operates a daily Taipei Taoyuan-Paris CDG return service. China Airlines operates a total of twenty B737-800s which it uses on flights throughout Taiwan as well as to Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
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Taoyuan International Airport
Taiwan’s largest airport started its operations in 1979 under the name of Chiang Kai-shek International Airport but had its name changed in 2006 to Taoyuan International Airport. The airport is currently one of the busiest airports in the world with 35 million passengers using the airport every year. Taoyuan International Airport also acts as a hub for China Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways and V Air. The airport has two runaways.
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