China Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine wide-body airliner. CAL’s A350-900 is configured with a premium three class layout with a total of 306 seats, comprising 32 in Premium Business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 31 in Premium Economy and 243 in the main cabin.
Korean Air has announced an extended codeshare agreement with China Airlines, increasing the flights offered by Korean Air between South Korea and Taiwan. Following regulatory approval, flights will be added between Seoul and Kaohsiung and also between Busan and Taipei. A codeshare is an aviation business partnership whereby a flight operated by one airline, is jointly marketed by one or more other airlines.
China Airlines, the Taiwan-based carrier, will relocate its regional base to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central with effect from today. The first flight, which arrived at 10:00 from Taipei, was welcomed by a traditional water salute by executives from the airline and Dubai Airports.
Air New Zealand has signed a licensing agreement with China Airlines for its Economy Skycouch seat. Under the terms of the agreement, China Airlines will commence the introduction of the Skycouch to its fleet of new 777-300ERs from September this year.
Today Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, and China Airlines have concluded a code-share agreement on joint operation of flights on the Moscow-Bangkok-Taipei route.
Amadeus has signed an extensive long-term content agreement with China Airlines Group. Within Asia, the new agreement offers Amadeus subscribers access to the same level of fares, availability and functionality as any other travel agent content channel.
Boeing and China Airlines have today announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines’ fleet.
China Airlines (CAL) has released a brand-new free “CI Mobile App” for users of the increasingly popular Apple iPhone providing “CI Mobile” service and convenience anytime and anywhere. The new service can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store, where users can easily find it by texting “CI.”
Delta Air Lines has become the first carrier in the United States to confirm it will introduce a surcharge in order to pass the costs of the new European Emissions Trading Scheme on to passengers. However, China Air Transport Association has said Chinese carriers will not pay the new tax, arguing the EU was wrong to act unilaterally.
SkyTeam has welcomed China Airlines as its 15th member. The airline, also one of the world’s leading cargo carriers, becomes the first Taiwanese airline to join SkyTeam.
China Airlines has confirmed it will alter its services between Taipei and New York with a stop over in Osaka, Japan, instead of Anchorage, Alaska. CAL will operate three round-trip flights per week on the route untilising Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Authorities in Beijing have unveiled plans for a mega aviation infrastructure construction spree that includes 45 new airports over the next five years. Industry regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration, said the new investments would take China’s total number of airports to 220. However concerns have been raised about overcapacity, given that most of the country’s existing airports are currently loss-making.