: : 1959 China Airlines was established in Taipei.
    * Initial capitalization: TWD400,000
    * Initial number of employees: 26
    * Aircraft fleet: One C54 aircraft and two PBY amphibious aircrafts.
: : 1961
* Undertook military supplies in Laos.
: : 1962
* Inaugurated domestic scheduled flights from Taipei to Hualien. Undertook military supplies in Vietnam.
: : 1966
* Inaugurated international service from Taipei to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City).
: : 1967
* Inaugurated Northeast Asia flights.
: : 1970
* Expanded America market.
: : 1978
* Invested Taoyuan International Airport Services Co., Ltd.
: : 1980
* Invested Dynasty Holidays, Inc.
: : 1983
* Expanded Europe market.
: : 1988

China Aviation Development Foundation established, with shares donated by 27 original shareholders.

: : 1991
* Applied IPO and realized privatization.
: : 1993
* China Airlines listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the first international airline in the Taiwan stock market.
: : 1995
* 'Plum blossom' logo was introduced along with new corporate identity.
: : 1998
* New vision announced 'We will be the most reliable airlines'.
: : 1999
* Inaugurated cargo service to Delhi and Colombo.
: : 2000
Shanghai office established.
    * ISO 9001 International Quality Recognition earned. On-line ticketing commenced.
    * Inaugurated cargo service to Frankfurt, passenger charter service to Delhi, passenger service to Penang, Vancouver and Sydney.
    * New branch offices established in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Guam.
: : 2001
* Inaugurated cargo service to Seattle and Nashville.
    * A340-300 fleet introduced.
: : 2002
* Inaugurated cargo service to Manchester and passenger service to Delhi.
: : 2003
* Inaugurated the first cross-strait charter flight to Shanghai.
    * Inaugurated cargo service to Ho Chi Minh City and Manchester. Inaugurated charter flight to Seoul, passenger service to Hanoi and Brisbane.
    * Two new A340-300 aircraft with two-cabin layouts were delivered.
    * 'Dynasty Bonus Mileage Program' introduced its highest membership, the Paragon Card.
: : 2004
* Launched freighter service to Milan and Prague.
    * CI Won best airline awards In Manchester airport.
    * Introduced new 747- 400 passenger aircraft with signature interior.
: : 2005
Operated lunar new year cross-strait charter flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
    * Launched freighter service to Nagoya and Vienna. Inaugurated passenger service to Chiang Mai.
    * Was ranked by Euromoney as having the Best Corporate Governance in Taiwan. Received prestigious IATA IOSA safety certificate. Ranked 1st in Asia and 2nd in the world in Global Cargo Service.
    * Launched world's first aircraft with butterfly orchid livery.
: : 2006
* Acquired shares in Yangtze River Express Airlines.
    * Earned IATA Ground Handling Certificate and ranked 1st in Global Cargo Service survey. Skytrax research CAL awarded high ranking for Business Class service.
    * Launched cargo service to Osaka, Shanghai, Hanoi and Stockholm, passenger service to Phnom Penh.
    * Launched world's first aircraft with fruit livery.
    * Announced plans to build large complex at Taoyuan Airport.
: : 2007
* Signed a management contract with Accor for new airport hotel.
    * Awarded highest ever rankings in Economy, Business and First Class service by Skytrax.
    * Launched mobile counter airport service in Taiwan.
: : 2008
* Launched a humanitarian charter flight direct to Sichuan.
    * Inaugurated weekend charter flights to Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Xiamen.
    * Signed Memorandum of Cooperation with China Southern Airlines. Announced cooperation with Hainan Airlines on Frequent Flyer Programs.
: : 2009
* Inaugurated Taipei-Osaka-Los Angeles cargo service, Taipei-Singapore route extended to Surabaya. Cross strait schedule service expended up to 13 destinations.
    * Became a member of IATA's e-Freight program.
    * Inaugurated Taiwan's largest 120,000-pound power plant testing platform.
    * Became the first airline in Taiwan to obtain the top-level "Reasonable Assurances Certification".
: : 2010
* Inaugurated passenger routes from Taipei to Miyazaki, Qingdao and Songshan to Hongqiao, Haneda, from Kaohsiung to Xiamen, Narita and cargo services from Taipei to Xiamen, Nanjing, Fuzhou and charter flights to Xi'an.
    * Carried emergency relief goods to Haiti earthquake.
    * Signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with China Eastern Airlines. Signed Strategic Cooperation Agreement and began codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines. Began codeshare cooperation with Xiamen Airlines. Signed Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Fuzhou city.
    * Inaugurated new CAL Park corporate headquarters at Taoyuan Airport.
    * Received the 'CG6005 Certificate of Corporate Governance' from the Taiwan Corporate Governance Association.
: : 2011
* Launched Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland, Taipei-Wuhan, Taipei-Osaka-New York.
    * Launched codeshare cooperation with China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines. Signed Strategic Framework Agreement with Zhejiang Tourism Group.
    * CAL maintained air links with Japan, evacuated Taiwanese and delivered emergency relief supplies to Japan's quake region.
    * Received Reader's Digest'Asia Trusted Brands Survey Gold Award'. Named the Tenth Top-Performing Mainline Carrier by Aviation Week.
    * Launched Direct Flights From Taoyuan to Wuxi, Sanya, Yancheng, Haikou, Nanchang, Dailian and Kaohsiung to Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Kuala Lumpur, Taichung to Chongqing, Nanchang.
    * China Airlines becomes the first Taiwanese airline to join SkyTeam.
: : 2012
* Introduced In-flight Meals Created by Michelin-star Chef. Introduced SkyPriority to customers. Joined SkyTeam Cargo.
    * Signed Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Chunghwa Telecom. Signed industry-academia agreements with NTUT, YunTech and NFU. Signed OnPoint Fuel & Carbon Solutions Agreement with GE Aviation.
    * Received Authorized Economic Operator Certification. Won Super Green Judges Award and First Prize for 2012 Green Brand . Won Reader's Digest Asia Trusted Brand Survey Gold Award. Received Sports Activists Award from Sports Affairs Council. Claimed Top Mindshare in Management Magazine Consumer Brand Survey. Maintenance Facility Received ISO 14001 Certification.
    * Launched Songshan to Wenzhou, Gimpo and Taoyuan to Kagoshima, Shizuoka, Toyama. Extended Taipei-Sydney-Auckland.
    * Launched New Mobile Services and e-Commerce Services. Launched the World's First Trans-Pacific Climate Observation Flight. Became First Airline to Display Carbon Footprint and Calories for In-flight Delicacies.
    * Retrofitted of nine B747-400 all cabin facilities.
: : 2013
* China Airlines, China Southern, China Eastern and Xiamen Airlines Formed Greater China Connection Partnership.
    * Launched Codeshare Service with Russia's Transaero Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Expanded codeshare with China Southern Airlines.
    * Launched Taoyuan to Takamatsu, direct flights to Hawaii, Urumqi and Lijiang. Launched regular Taoyuan-Ishigaki flights. Launched Tainan-Hong Kong, Taoyuan-Busan, Songshan-Matsuyama flights. Launched Taoyuan-Nanjing-Zhengzhou cargo route. Launched Taoyuan-Weihai flights.
    * Won Business Next Magazine's 2013 Green Brand Award and Super Green Judges' Award. Named Top Aviation Brand in Manager Today 2013 Power Brands Survey. Won Reader's Digest Gold Trusted Brand Award. Received Corporate Standardization Award. Won Taiwan Green Classics Awards and Global Views Service Excellence Award. Claimed Top Mindshare in Management Magazine Consumer Brand Survey. Global Traveler Named China Airlines "Best Airline in North Asia".
: : 2014
* Launched Songshan-Fuzhou flights.
    * Received Expansion of ISO 14001 Environment Management System Certification.
    * China Airlines and Tamkang University signed an industry-academia collaboration agreement.
    * Launched Songshan-Changchun, Hefei, Yantai and Xuzhou flights.