April 1, 2002, Taipei, Taiwan - China Airlines today inaugurated a regular passenger service to Delhi, India, and a cargo service to Manchester, United Kingdom. After launching the new services, China Airlines' network has expanded to include 51 destinations in 22 countries.
The Taipei-Delhi service schedules three round-trip flights weekly using Airbus A300-600R aircraft. Flight CI181 departs every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:45 p.m. from Taipei and arrives in Delhi the following day at 2:15 a.m. The return flight CI182 from Delhi departs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:30 a.m. and arrives in Taipei at 1:10 p.m.
India has the second largest population in the world. The major business operation concentrates in four centers that are Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Bangalo. The inauguration of India service will not only capitalize the traffic market between Taiwan and India, but will also capture the potential transfer traffic from North America and Japan.
Ever since China Airlines announced the message of this new service, the travel market has reacted warmly. The inaugural flight on April 1 has been fully booked already.
As for Manchester service, the Manchester-bound cargo flight departs Taoyuan International Airport every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The Taipei-bound cargo flight leaves Manchester the same dates.