February 18, 2005, Taipei, Taiwan – China Airlines will inaugurate a new Taipei-Nagoya cargo service with one flight per week, using a Boeing B747-400F freighter, on February 23. An inaugural party was held at Westin Nagoya Castle Hotel on February 18, with around 200 guests including representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, the Central Japan International Airport, and Toyota Motor Co.
“The Central Japan and Kansai regions are home to many of Japan’s automobile, electronic, telecommunication and textile industries,” said Mr. Philip Wei, President of China Airlines. “China Airlines will inaugurate its Taipei-Nagoya regular cargo service on February 23, after the new Central Japan International Airport begins operations.”
“The new service will provide more convenient air transportation between Central Japan and Taipei, as well as through Taiwan to southeast Asia, Europe and America,” said Mr. Wei.
Nagoya-bound flight CI304 will depart Taipei every Wednesday at 17:30 and arrive at Nagoya at 21:00. The return flight CI303 will leave the same day at 23:30 from Nagoya, and arrive at Taipei at 1:40 the next day. Nagoya will be CAL’s second cargo destination in Japan, after it inaugurated its Tokyo cargo service 25 years ago. The new Central Japan International Airport opened on February 17. The new airport is equipped with world-class facilities and plentiful manpower, which will allow it to handle a large volume of cargo traffic.
China Airlines inaugurated its Taipei-Nagoya passenger route in 1989 and currently operates a daily roundtrip service.
With a population of 2.19 million, Nagoya is the 4th largest city in Japan, and is part of Aichi Prefecture. Many famous companies, including Toyota, Sony, Brother, and Fuji-Xerox, have factories in Aichi Prefecture. This industrial output will provide abundant cargo for CAL’s new service. A B747-400F freighter will serve this route, to accommodate the larger cargo produced in this part of Japan.