|CAL e-News |
In order to meet market demand, China Airlines will launch direct flights to Hawaii on June 2, becoming the first airline in Taiwan to offer non-stop flights to Honolulu. In addition to expanding its Hawaii services, China Airlines will also increase flights to Bangkok, Nanchang (China), Fukuoka, and Kuala Lumpur this summer, giving passengers more convenience and flexibility in itinerary planning.
China Airlines currently offers seven roundtrip flights a week (CI018/CI017) between Taiwan and Hawaii via Tokyo. On June 2, the airline will introduce two weekly direct flights (CI002/CI001) serviced by Airbus A330s. The non-stop flights will help China Airlines capture the demand arising from Taiwan's participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and also attract Southeast Asian passengers to stop over in Taiwan en route to Hawaii. The direct flights bring China Airlines’ total Hawaii services to nine weekly flights, giving leisure and business travelers alike more options and time savings.
To celebrate the launch of direct flights to Hawaii, China Airlines is offering special fares starting at NT$31,200 for departures up to June 20. Dynasty Package is offering a NT$4,000 discount for passengers, who will each receive a free crystal picture frame, for departures between June 1 and June 20. Participating travel agencies are offering special group travel discounts for passengers on the first five direct flights between June 2 and June 16; the second passenger in a group booking will receive a half-price fare, while the third passenger in a group booking will receive a free tour.
Since April, China Airlines has been taking delivery of three leased Boeing B737-800 aircraft, raising its network capacity across Southeast and Northeast Asia. This not only increases flight options for local passengers, it also means passengers from Northeast Asia can stop over in Taiwan en route to Southeast Asia or Asian passengers can stop over in Taiwan on their way to North America, Europe, or Australia. All told the extra capacity strengthens Taiwan’s position as a regional air transport hub.
China Airlines’ expanded summer flight schedule includes increases in Taoyuan-Bangkok and Taoyuan-Kuala Lumpur flight frequencies from 21 to 28 weekly flights and from seven to 10 weekly flights, respectively, bringing China Airlines’ total Southeast Asian services to 161 flights a week. The airline will increase its Taoyuan-Fukuoka flights from 11 to 14 weekly flights, bringing its Japan services to 125 flights a week, and its Taoyuan-Nanchang flights from two to three weekly flights, bringing its China services to 94 flights a week.
To celebrate this service expansion China Airlines is offering special return fares starting at NT$11,900 for Bangkok, NT$12,200 for Kuala Lumpur, NT$8,200 for Fukuoka, and NT$9,600 for Nanchang. For more information, customers should visit www.china-airlines.com, call the China Airlines Customer Service Center at 02-412-9000, or call their travel agent.
Flight Schedules of Expanded Services
Taipei-Hawaii: Starting June 2, 2013
|CI001||Hawaii- Taipei||01:20||06:00+1||Monday, Thursday||A333|
Taipei-Bangkok: Starting March 31, 2013
|CI838 ||Bangkok - Taipei||02:30||07:10||Daily||B737-800|
Taipei-Kuala Lumpur: Starting May 24, 2013
|CI725||Taipei-Kuala Lumpur||20:10||00:45+1||Tuesday, Friday, Saturday||B737-800|
|CI726||Kuala Lumpur-Taipei||01:55||06:35||Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday||B737-800|
Taipei-Fukuoka: Starting May 7, 2013
|CI116||Taipei - Fukuoka||13:55||17:05||Daily||B737-800|
|CI117||Fukuoka - Taipei||18:05||19:20||Daily||B737-800|
Taipei-Nanchang: Starting April 10, 2013
|CI545||Taipei - Nanchang||15:45||18:20||Wednesday||B737-800|
|CI546||Nanchang - Taipei||19:30||22:05||Wednesday||B737-800|