China Airlines is the first Asian carrier that has launched direct freighter service to Chicago and Miami and now, as of March 4, 1998, “direct” freighter service again was launched between Taipei and Atlanta, one of the most important spots in the south eastern part of the United States for the purpose of offering more expedient and time saving service. It is, thus, anticipated that this will directly lead to the booming development of the air cargo industries for both ends. With the inauguration of freighter service to Atlanta, this has indicated the fact that as a leading carrier in the domestic air cargo field, China Airlines will always aim to meet its customers‘ demands by keeping on breaking through new aviation points, promoting new sector flights in order to offer its customers the best possible quality service. As for the point of Atlanta, it is the seventh aviation point for China Airlines to launch its freighter service to after having duly covered its freighter service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Chicago and Miami etc.
According to China Airlines, as of March 4, 1998, China Airlines has been launching Boeing 747 freighter service to Atlanta departing at 22:00 p.m. on Wednesdays from Taipei and arriving Atlanta at 01:00 a.m. on the following day, Thursdays. As for the return scheduled flights, the departure has been set on 03:30 a.m. on Thursdays from Atlanta and the arrival is scheduled to be made at 15:40 p.m. on Fridays at Taipei. Starting from March 15, 1998, one extra weekly scheduled service has been flown and for the return scheduled flight, the departure has been made at 04:50 a.m. on Mondays from Atlanta and the arrival is scheduled to be made at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesdays at Taipei.
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia State which is located at the south eastern part of the United States. It is famous for its dynamic economic, trade and cultural activities and moreover, the world‘s renowned news network, CNN, as well as the headquarters of Coca Cola have all been stationed here at Atlanta. It was in the year of 1996, the world‘s Olympic games was also held at Atlanta. Presently, Atlanta is considered as the busiest newly uprising international airport in the States. As far as its import and export freight volume is concerned, it is listed as the world’s seventeenth place among all the global airports and the ninth among all the airports in the States. It is known for its dense railroad transportation system and has been recognized as the cargo transshipment hub for various states of the south eastern part of the United States. By launching freighter service to Atlanta, Georgia, China Airlines may get to offer more direct, expedient cargo service between Asia and various states in the south eastern part of the United States namely Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia etc. Moreover, the intercommunication of economic and trade activities among them may also be enhanced regardless to mention the fact that Atlanta plays the same role as Miami as being the gateway for entering and departing countries of Central and South Americas. With the dense incoming and outgoing scheduled flights, Atlanta may also serve as the hub for transshipping cargo to Central and South Americas.
In recent years, China Airlines‘ air cargo freight volume has grown voluminously and has been well recognized for its service image among interlines and forwarding agents. As for the listing among global carriers, China Airlines has worked its way upwards unceasingly. As for the cargo load factor being marked at 85.8%, it has also been rated as the first and the best among the eighteen carriers of AAPA. With all the above, it well reflects the fact that customers all over the world have had full confidence in China Airlines’ constant pursuit in developing its new sector flights as well as escalating its service quality. Nonetheless, as China Airlines has been engaging in pursuing its growth, it is eager to work even harder in aiming to become the world’s best and most outstanding carrier in the year of 2003.