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.
China Airlines has confirmed its intention to join the SkyTeam network in mid-2011. The airline – the flag carrier of Taiwan – will follow in the footsteps of China Eastern which signed an agreement to join SkyTeam earlier this year.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and China Eastern Airlines (MU) have reached an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership. From June 3, 2010, JAL will start to codeshare on 7 daily MU-operated flights between Shanghai (Pudong) and three other Chinese cities - Xi’an, Wuhan and Shenzhen.
Taiwanese national carrier, China Airlines and its subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, have announced plans to fly a larger aircraft between Taipei and mainland China. This move follows growing demand from travellers seeking more cross-strait flights
China Airlines has appointed Allen Sun as General Manager United Kingdom and Ireland to oversee operations of the first ever non-stop London-Taipei service, which launched on March 28th.
China Airlines first ever passenger service from Taipei to London touched down at Heathrow last night at 17.05 GMT. The new route forms an historical link between the two countries as the first time that the UK has been connected by a non-stop service to Taiwan.
From 28th March 2010, China Airlines will launch the first non-stop flights to Taipei from London Heathrow, Terminal 4.