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29th June 2018
China Airlines faces currency challenges
Having $100 billion USD tied up in its fleet, China Airlines faces the challenge of repaying its debts in an unstable financial climate. Despite the company's financial security, the prospect of a trade war pushing the local currency to its lowest level in six months. The weaker Yuan may be an obstacle in the payment plans of China Airlines, amongst other Chinese carriers. The airlines must also spend in foreign currency for fuel purchased overseas. The airline is working hard to combat higher expenses and fewer passengers as trade tensions build up between the world’s two biggest economies.
18th June 2018
China Airlines flights operate despite Osaka Earthquake
China Airlines remain confident that flights between Taiwan and Japan will operate as normal, despite the recent earthquake in Osaka, Japan. The earthquake hit Osaka on June 18th 2018 at 7.58am local time. It had a magnitude of 5.9 which later rose to over 6.1 when experts revised the effect of the natural disaster.
China Airlines is one of the leading airlines in Taiwan and its services between Taiwan and Japan are key for the airline, bringing a big percentage of its revenue. Japan is a very popular destination for the people of Taiwan, so China Airlines will be happy that it can still offer its customers flights to Japan despite the potential disruption.
4th June 2018
China Airlines could be extending their network in India
China Airlines could be adding more services that will fly between China and India. Aviation authorities from India and China met in New Dehli for the first time in 10 years to discuss the possibility of better connecting air-travel between the two countries. China Airlines was in the discussion as a potential airline that could fly new routes between China and India.
There are currently five different Chinese carriers operating services between China and India. Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, China Airlines and Shangdong Airlines collectively operate 42 weekly services that connect five different cities in China to three different cities in India.
According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the talks went fairly well in terms of progressing the conversation in enhanced air connectivity between the two countries. Indian airlines have long been hesitant due to the difficulties they would face operating in China, but the Chinese aviation authorities responded positively and stated their intentions to help those airlines get around the problems.
21st May 2018
China Airlines and Alitalia expand their codeshare agreement
China Airlies have agreed to expand their codeshare agreement with Alitalia. The expansion will see Aitalia operate a number of routes on China Airlines' behalf to and from Alitalia's airport hub, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Rome. The new codeshare has been effective from 17th May 2018 and includes the following routes:
- Rome – Amsterdam
- Rome – Catania
- Rome – Florence
- Rome – Frankfurt
- Rome – London Heathrow
- Rome – Milan Malpensa
- Rome – Palermo
- Rome – Venice
10th May 2018
Direct flights from Taiwan to Penang
China Airlines will start flying direct daily services from Taipei to the Malaysian holiday island of Penang, effective 7 June.
The move should raise Penang’s tourism profile in Taiwan and help tour operators to create more package tours.
This is the first direct service between Taipei and Penang and ends the need to fly via Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Hong Kong to reach the north Malaysian island.
It will immediately reduce the minimal travel time on the Taipei-Penang route from around seven hours to four hours.
It should also encourage Taiwanese tour operators to offer package holidays focusing just on Penang, rather than combining it with other destinations in the region.
The direct flight takes four hours.
Last month, the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, told the Straits Times the new daily flights were the result of successful aviation talks between Malaysia and Taiwan.
China Airlines will use a Boeing 737-800 on the route with flights departing Taipei Taoyuan at 0810 and arriving in Penang at 1245.
The return flights will depart Penang at 1345 and arrive in Taipei at 1830
23rd March 2018
Taiwan's China Airlines opens direct flight from Taipei to Ontario, CA
Taiwan hopes to be the first Asia-Pacific country to enter U.S. Border Preclearance Program
Not only will China Airlines open a flight path between Taipei (TPE) and Ontario, California (ONT) on March 25, but the addition of yet another direct flight between the two countries has propelled negotiations forward to establish Taipei as a U.S. Border Preclearance location.
China Airlines will offer four flights a week between Taipei and Ontario on Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Also on March 25, China Airlines will remove two of their flights between Taipei and Los Angeles (LAX).
Further, U.S. officials are moving forward with preliminary plans to establish the first U.S. Border Preclearance location of the Asia-Pacific region to be located in Taipei, according to LTN.
Preclearance means that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station CBP law enforcement personnel in overseas airports to inspect travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights.
Currently there are 15 Preclearance locations around the world. In 2016, the CBPprecleared 18 million travelers, or 15% of commercial air travelers to the U.S.
China Airlines Chairman of the Board Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒) thanked California House of Representatives member Ed Royce, the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Transportation, Executive Yuan, and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) for their cooperation to make this happen. Chairman Ho recognized that not only would the Preclearance program in Taiwan save China Airlines passengers time when traveling to the U.S. but passengers from all countries and other airlines as well.
Royce will travel to Taiwan on March 25 to visit the Tsai administration and preside over the China Airlines ceremony celebrating their new route to Ontario.
Taiwan formally entered into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in 2012 and the Global Entry program in 2017.
20th March 2018
China Airlines adds more flights between Guam and Taiwan
China Airlines is increasing its flight frequency between Guam and Taiwan to five times weekly effective this coming Sunday.
China Airlines is the only airline with direct service between Guam and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport.
The Guam Visitor’s Bureau says Governor Calvo led a delegation from GVB, the airport authority and GEDA in Taiwan, met with the Taiwan president and other officials to establish new partnerships.
GVB said this initiative will only be in place until October 25, 2018 so their marketing team is working “aggressively to bring awareness to consumers through public relations efforts and cooperative promotions with our key trade partners in Taiwan.”
“GVB is striving to remain competitive in this region in what is already a price-sensitive environment. We need to sustain the demand for more seats to Guam to support China Airlines and ultimately, convince them to keep the added schedule,” said GVB Director of Global Marketing Pilar Laguaña in a statement.
31st January 2018
China Airlines involved in a row over Chinese New Year routes
China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines cancels 176 return flights to Taiwan that had been added to meet increased demand during Chinese New Year, amid a row over flight routes between China and Taiwan. The airlines said in separate statements yesterday that they had no choice but to cancel the flights after what they said was a refusal by the Taiwanese authorities to approve the flights.
Self-governed Taiwan was said to have withheld approval of routine applications from China Eastern and Xiamen Airlines to add Chinese New Year flights as the airlines had used disputed air routes. China opened the new air routes this month, including a northbound route up the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan said it was done without its agreement, contravening what Taipei had said was a 2015 deal to first discuss such flight paths.
China's move has been viewed in Taiwan as a show of disrespect, which could heighten the risk of a dangerous incident and potentially provoke a crisis in the increasingly tense cross-strait relationship. The new passenger routes come close to airspace used by Taiwanese airliners and military planes, at a time when Chinese military drills encroaching on Taiwan's airspace have become increasingly common. This is enough to imply mal intentions in the region. In a statement released yesterday, Taiwan's presidential office said protecting the safety of all its people flying across the strait was "a responsibility that cannot be abandoned". It called on Beijing to return to the consensus reached in talks over the airspace in 2015.
China has said there is absolutely no safety threat and that the new routes were introduced to help ease congestion in its airspace over the strait not cause roblems within the region. The authorities said the routes would be used only for civilian flights. Taiwan's military has said it would intercept, warn and repel if necessary any planes that cross into Taiwanese airspace and threaten the island's security.
China Eastern apologised to its customers and said it will offer refunds and rebookings for the 40,000 passengers on the staggering 106 cancelled flights. Xiamen Airlines said it will fully refund or help with ticket changes for the more than 10,000 passengers affected by the cancellation of the 70 extra flights.
6th December 2017
China Airlines resumes UK-Taiwan flight
The first flight from the four-times-a-week service touched down at Gatwick on Friday afternoon following a 13-hour flight.
The flight is the only direct one between the UK and Taiwan and the route will be operated five times a week from March next year.
China Airlines chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho said: “We’re delighted to be back in the UK this year, with the inaugural flight marking the ease of travel between the UK and Taiwan.”
“As the only non-stop service between the two countries, we want to highlight to travellers the benefits to travelling to Taipei, for business or leisure purposes.
“In addition, our extensive route network offers destinations throughout Asia and onward to Australia for British travellers to enjoy.”
Gatwick chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson added: “We are thrilled to welcome the arrival of China Airlines to London’s Gatwick airport.
“Today represents the strengthening of the relationship between the UK and Taiwan and our commitment to investing in bringing accessible travel to even more British customers.”
1st December 2017
China Airlines to add fifth weekly flight from Gatwick
China Airlines is increasing its non-stop service from London Gatwick to Taipei from four to five flights per week.
It will add the fifth Tuesday flight from March 25.
The increase follows the announcement that China Airlines is returning to the UK after a five year gap with the launch of a non-stop service between Gatwick and Taipei's Taoyuan International next week (December 1).
The new service will operate four times per week from South Terminal until March 25 2018, when the additional Tuesday flight will be added.
It will be operated by a 350-900 Airbus which carries up to 306 passengers with a three class configuration, offering Premium Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.~
"Having only just announced our return to the UK, we are already demonstrating our ambition and commitment to the service by expanding from four to five weekly flights," says Roger Han, senior vice president Europe at China Airlines.
1st November 2017
China Airlines changes regulations on traveling with pets
China Airlines had a bit of a drama on Aug. 21, when a cat went missing from a checked baggage cart before it could be loaded onto a flight. It is thought the cat was frightened by the noisy surroundings and managed to escape from its crate. Luckily, China Airlines staff found the cat, safe and sound, six days later.
To prevent a recurrence of the situation, China Airlines, which formerly had no restrictions on the shape of pet crates, has now amended its regulations. In line with the regulations of other airlines, the company is applying restrictions on the material and functions of airline crates, which must be now also be secured to prevent pets from escaping.
In the new regulations, the crate must be made of rigid plastic to meet International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards, and have a single door that is both secure and paw proof, so the pet does not injure itself.
China Airlines accepts domesticated cats, dogs, and disabled passengers’ guide dogs, which are to be placed in crates, checked and placed in the cargo hold. The crates must be well-ventilated and have an inspection window, be equipped with water/feeding receptacles and be fitted with safety latches to prevent pets from escaping.
EVA Air stipulates that aircraft can carry pets, including domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits or guide dogs.
17th October 2017
China Airlines returns to the UK
China Airlines will return to the UK following a five-year hiatus with the launch of a new non-stop service between Gatwick airport and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from December 1.
The flight will operate four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Gatwick’s South Terminal aboard the Airbus A350-900. The aircraft carries up to 306 passengers and offers three classes – Premium Business (pictured), Premium Economy and Economy.
Premium Business class features 180 degree lay-flat beds, aisle access for every seat and admittance to the onboard Sky Lounge, which serves cocktails and other drinks. Meanwhile, the seats in Premium Economy are designed with fixed-back seats that recline without leaning toward the passenger behind.
The route marks China Airlines’ first time establishing a base at Gatwick, as the carrier previously flew to Taipei from Heathrow from 2010 to 2012. It also operated a service to Amsterdam with an onward connection to London via a codeshare with KLM.
Roger Han, senior vice president of Europe at China Airlines, said: “By offering the only non-stop service between these two countries, we hope to welcome travellers who may not have considered Taiwan as their first outbound destination previously.”
16th October 2017
China Airlines Aims to Crack 1M Mark on Taipei Route
China Airlines (CAL) expects to break the 1-million-passenger milestone on its Bangkok-Taipei route this year.
That represents over 40% growth from last year, which saw the flag carrier and largest airline of Taiwan carry 500,000 passengers from Taipei to Bangkok, and 200,000 on the return route.
CAL is on course to transport 670,000 passengers from Taipei to Bangkok and 330,000 from Bangkok to Taipei this year, chairman Ho Nuan Hsuan told the Bangkok Post.
Cashing in on the fast-growing travel demand between both countries, particularly for leisure, CAL aims for minimum passenger volume growth of 10% for the city pair next year.
CAL, which celebrates its 50th anniversary for the Bangkok-Taipei connection this month, is one of the airlines poised to benefit from the swelling ranks of Thai travellers.
Thai visitors to Taiwan this year shot up to 200,000 and are likely to reach 380,000 by year-end, up from nearly 200,000 last year, reported the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB).
CAL planners forecast a doubling of Thai tourists arrivals to Taipei next year. That uptick has primarily been fuelled by the visa waiver programme for Thai visitors that was started in August 2016.
Mr Ho said CAL will significantly step up marketing efforts, strengthen online ticket sales and boost the airline's appeal to ramp up passenger volumes between the Thai and Taiwanese capitals.
CAL operates 28 flights per week between the two cities on various types of aircraft: Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777, Boeing 737-800 and Airbus 350.
The airline early this month debuted the A350 on one of its Bangkok-Taipei flights.
CAL intends to upgrade more existing flights for the city pair with the new generation of widebody jet starting at the end of March next year.
CAL has the largest market share in Bangkok-Taipei passenger traffic, with more than half of the total volume.
According to CAL officials, 80% of its passengers on the Bangkok-Taipei route are business travellers, mostly Taiwanese.
Other airlines plying the route non-stop include Thai Airways, EVA Air, NokScoot and Tiger Taiwan.
No-frills Thai Lion Air is joining the group with the launch of regular daily flights on Friday using the Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ER series.
2nd October 2017
China Airlines To Commence Non-stop Flights To Ontario
China Airlines announced today that non-stop flights between Taipei (TPE) and Ontario (ONT), California, will commence in Spring 2018 with four weekly services flown by Boeing 777-300ERs.
Travelers now have a new option when traveling to and from California with China Airlines. Apart from the time savings on local transportation, customs and luggage waiting time, they will also be closer to the popular coastal tourist destination of San Diego. Traffic demand between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. is forecast to grow by 6.1% per year so the new route has strong potential and should foster closer ties between Taiwan and the U.S.
China Airlines Chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho and Ontario International Airport President Alan Wapner took part in a signing ceremony held in California on the evening of September 29, local time. Chairman Ho said that China Airlines is the first Asian carrier to introduce regular services to Ontario. This will also be the second route to offer non-stop services between Taiwan and the Greater Los Angeles region of California after China Airlines began flying to Los Angeles in 1971. Flight frequency will be increased to one flight a day during peak season depending on market demand.
Ontario Airport is close to eastern Greater Los Angeles. Local regions such as Whittier, Hacienda Heights, and Rowland Heights all have significant Chinese-speaking communities. The Ontario metropolitan area along with Riverside and San Bernadino are also known collectively as the Inland Empire. There are not only extensive freight warehouses in the area but it is also convenient for local residents as well. This translates into the strong potential for the future air transport market.
According to the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), as of April 2017, travelers from Asia accounted for 32.8% of all tourists to the U.S.; statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) also suggest that traffic between Asia Pacific and the U.S. is expected to grow by 6.1% p.a. over the next five years. This is higher than the global average of 4.6% so the trans-Pacific market is well worth developing. China Airlines’ current U.S. destinations include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii and Guam. The new Taipei (TPE) – Ontario (ONT) route will offer trans-Pacific travelers with more options and greater convenience.
22nd September 2017
China Airlines 1Q18 Sydney service changes
China Airlines in this week’s schedule update adjusted planned Taipei Taoyuan – Sydneyservice in the first quarter of 2018. Previously planned 14 weekly service with A350-900XWB (from 01DEC17), will be revised to following:
16JAN18 – 01FEB18 12 weekly (CI055/056 Day x24)
02MAR18 – 21MAR18 10 weekly (CI055/056 Day 246)
CI055 TPE0740 – 1955SYD 359
CI051 TPE2330 – 1150+1SYD 359
CI056 SYD1400 – 2020TPE 359
CI052 SYD2210 – 0430+1TPE 359
15th September 2017
China Airlines W17 Tokyo - Honolulu changes as of 14th September 2017
China Airlines in recent schedule update revised planned seasonal service for Taipei Taoyuan – Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route, for winter 2017/18 season. Previously, the airline converted this year-round service to seasonal service, operating from 07DEC17 to 08JAN18, however this is now being revised to 21DEC17 – 07JAN18.
Planned schedule as follow.
CI018 TPE1430 – 1830NRT2010 – 0800HNL 333 D
CI017 HNL1200 – 1625+1NRT1755+1 – 2130+1TPE 333 D
8th September 2017
China Airlines expresses interest in Ontario Airport
Flight attendant Gao Piliwale fluffs a pillow inside a Dynamic International Airways plane at Ontario International Airport on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Ontario International Airport Authority officials welcomed the new tour-charter service between China and Ontario. (Stan Lim, Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
ONTARIO >> Ontario International Airport officials have long envisioned tapping into the San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese-American population as a means to bolster traffic at the facility.
Two recent developments could help make that a reality.
First, the former president of East West Bank — a bank founded to serve the Chinese-American community — has been named the newest member of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
It comes after China Airlines announced last week that it was exploring the launch of a new Taoyuan-Ontario service due to increasing demand for travel between Taiwan and Ontario.
The service is being planned “in order to provide travelers with more options and greater convenience for Taiwan-U.S. travel, as well as to boost bilateral corporations on business,” the airline said in a Sept. 1 statement.
Developing the route has been in the making for some time. Curt Hagman visited China in the past year to share information about ONT and to establish initial ties with officials there with the aim of bringing air travel and cargo from Taiwan to Ontario. Hagman serves on the authority and is a San Bernardino County supervisor.
Then in July, members of the authority and San Bernardino County met with a delegation from Taiwan at the airport.
On Wednesday, Hagman said the interest was a direct result of San Bernardino County and airport officials educating the aviation industry about Ontario Airport.
Hagman said he believes ONT could be “the next great international gateway in Southern California,” because it doesn’t face the same passenger growth restrictions as other airports in Southern California.
The airport served 7.2 million passengers in 2007 but traffic began to fall steeply in following years. Traffic still hasn’t recovered, with the airport serving 4.2 million passengers last year.
Since the authority took control of ONT from Los Angeles World Airports on Nov. 1, new service has been added and passenger numbers have climbed every month.
A formal agreement must be signed between the two parties to start the new service.
“How do we make it happen,” Hagman stated. “It starts by making some logistical improvements at the airport.”
Unlike other international carriers currently serving ONT, China Airlines uses wide-body aircraft, he said.
At its last meeting, the authority approved a series of items aimed at addressing the issue. It ordered two boarding ramps that could accommodate wide-body aircraft. Commissioners also agreed to improve its Federal Inspection Station, which would allow an increase in the airport’s customs and immigration services.Hagman said it is likely that the inspection station would operate out of an unused portion of Terminal 2.
Those moves are only short-term fixes, he said, adding the long-term goal is to build a terminal dedicated to international service.
“China Airlines is very aggressive right now,” he said. “I believe in the first quarter of next year we’ll be able to accommodate their large aircraft.”
Operating an Ontario route, according to the Chinese airline, would reduce travel time as well as wait times for customs and picking up baggage.
In its statement, China Airlines said a survey of the proposed Ontario route was received with “an enthusiastic response as the airport is more convenient for travelers living on the east side of Greater Los Angeles.”
The airline currently serves San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Guam. It also has a route in New York.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Ontario City Council unanimously agreed to name Julia Gouw to the five-member governing body of Ontario Airport. As part of the Joint Powers Agreement with San Bernardino County, Ontario has the authority to appoint four of the five members on the commission.
Gouw replaces Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, who resigned June 16 after nearly five years as a commissioner.
Ontario City Councilman and authority Commissioner Jim Bowman touted Gouw’s experience in financial services and her connection to international markets, such as China, as an asset for the authority.
“San Gabriel Valley is an underserved market for ONT, and she can relay the message of how open and accessible the airport is,” he said.
A Pasadena resident, Gouw was president and chief operating officer of East West Bank until she retired in 2016. She previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the bank.
Gouw is a member of the board of directors of Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Insurance Co.
A native of Indonesia, Gouw moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
8th September 2017
China Airlines Nov 2017 announces changes to its Sydney service
China Airlines during the month of November 2017 is adjusting operational frequency on Taipei Taoyuan – Sydney route, previously scheduled as daily flight. From 29OCT17 to 26NOV17, overall service will be 5 weekly, instead of 7. Airbus A330-300 operates this route until 30NOV17 (TPE departure).
CI051 TPE2330 – 1150+1SYD 333 x46
CI052 SYD2210 – 0430+1TPE 333 x57
5th September 2017
China Airlines in talks to start Ontario
China Airlines has confirmed it is studying the possibility of starting direct flights to Ontario International Airport, a public facility serving the city of Ontario, in San Bernardino County, California. The Taiwanese carrier said in a statement last week that given increasing demand for travel between Taiwan and California, it was looking at possible Taipei Taoyuan-Ontario flights. Though China Airlines currently serves Los Angeles Int'l, a recent market study it conducted said passengers, particularly those from the east side of Greater Los Angeles, would prefer to use Ontario given its convenience as well as shorter travel, immigration, and luggage retrieval times. A formal agreement will be signed between the two parties to start the new service once all related preparations are completed.
4th September 2017
China Airlines considering new California flights
Taiwanese carrier China Airlines is mulling over launching a new direct service between Taipei and California, following increased demand on its existing routes between the two destinations.
This new service would take the form of a direct flight between Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) and Ontario International Airport (ONT), in San Bernardino, California. These would join the airline’s existing double-daily service non-stop to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
According to the airline, flights to Ontario are currently being planned, though no concrete information regarding launch date, frequency or aircraft have been unveiled.
That said, all of China Airlines’ existing flights to North America are now operated either by a B777-300ER or its new A350, making these likely contenders for the new Ontario route. The airline currently flies to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in the US, along with Vancouver in Canada.
China Airlines hopes the new route will offer travellers heading to the eastern side of Greater Los Angeles a more efficient travel experience, notably reduced travel, immigration and luggage collection times.
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.
China Airlines announces expansion with Mandarin Airlines
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
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.
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.
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 Airlines 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.
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 w