December 1, 2006, Taipei, Taiwan !V China Airlines will inaugurate a new Taipei-Stockholm cargo service on December 6, extending its cargo services further into northern Europe. Following the inauguration of this new service, China Airlines will provide all-cargo flights to seven destinations in Europe, making it the carrier with the most extensive cargo services between Taiwan and Europe, and the first Taiwanese carrier to enter the northern European cargo market.
The new routing of Taipei-Abu Dhabi-Luxembourg-Stockholm-Abu Dhabi-Bangkok-Taipei (CI5413/5414) will use B747-400 freighter to provide two weekly services. On Wednesday, the Stockholm bound service will depart Taipei at 03:40, and arrive in Stockholm at 19:25 the same day. Return flight will depart Stockholm at 21:55 the same day and arrive in Taipei at 22:35 the following day. On Saturday, the Stockholm bound service will depart Taipei at 04:50 and arrive in Stockholm at 20:35 the same day. Return flight will leave Stockholm at 23:05 and arrive in Taipei at 00:15 on Monday.
Due to the rapid economic development in Asia, regional demand for infrastructure such as communications and electronics equipment, and automobiles, has increased. The nations in northern Europe, which excel in these industries with famous brands such as Sony Ericsson, Volvo, IKEA in Sweden and Nokia in Finland, all have strong potential for air cargo growth. Located in the center of northern Europe, Stockholm is the air transport gateway to Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, and it also serves the Baltic Sea region. China Airlines will develop Stockholm into its regional hub in northern Europe, which can save land trans-shipment time and costs, while also improving service quality and efficiency.
Following the inauguration of the new Stockholm route, China Airlines will provide even more extensive cargo services to Europe, a route network that already includes coverage of most parts of Europe. CAL!|s weekly cargo services between Taiwan and Europe now total 13 flights, easily the most comprehensive cargo network between Taiwan and Europe. In the future, CAL will increase flight frequencies and inaugurate new routes according to market demand.