November 2, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan ¡V China Airlines (CAL) today proudly announced the inauguration of a new route between Taoyuan and Qingdao starting November 3, 2010. With the addition of Qingdao, CAL will operate 70 flights from Taiwan to 15 major destinations in 14 cities across mainland China every week.
The new twice-weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays on an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Passengers may make reservations and receive tickets through the CAL website at www.china-airlines.com, through the CAL Customer Service Center (telephone 02 2715-1212), or by booking through travel agencies. The flight schedule is as follows:
To celebrate this new service and express gratitude to its passengers, CAL¡¦s maiden flight to Qingdao will be specially operated on a Boeing 747-400 equipped with 61 seats in Business Class and 314 seats in Economy Class. All adult passengers on the inaugural flight will be served Qingdao¡¦s famous Tsingtao Beer.
CAL is also offering special three-day, two-night Dynasty Package Tours including the ¡¡±Qingdao Tour,¡¨ ¡¡±Jinan/Qingdao Twin Cities Tour¡¨ and ¡¡±Yantai Tour.¡¨ Passengers who purchase these tour packages between November 3, 2010 and April 30, 2011 will receive free admission to the Tsingtao Brewery Museum, a special personalized Tsingtao Beer bottle, exquisite meals featuring the local cuisine of Shandong Province and an extra free third night¡¦s stay at selected hotels.
The China Airlines Group, including China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines, serves major destinations across mainland China, including Beijing, Shenyang and Qingdao in the north, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the south, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Xi¡¦an and Chengdu in the center and west, and Nanjing, Shanghai-Pudong, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Hangzhou and Ningbo in the east.
Starting October 31, CAL will also expand its capacity on the Taipei-Songshan to Shanghai-Hongqiao route by redeploying larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft in place of the Boeing 737-800. CAL will also be adding more cross-strait flights on routes including Taoyuan-Beijing, Taoyuan-Ningbo, Taoyuan-Shenzhen, Kaohsiung-Xiamen, Kaohsiung-Hangzhou and Kaohsiung-Shenzhen. A new route linking Taichung and Fuzhou will also be launched in mid-November.
The CAL Group is the largest passenger airline operating cross strait flights, providing over 45,000 seats each week, and is also the largest cross-strait cargo airline, operating cargo routes to Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Nanjing and Fuzhou. CAL¡¦s seamless passenger and cargo route network offers more convenient, rapid and comfortable transport service to cross-strait passengers.
Formerly known as ¡¡±Tsingtao,¡¨ Qingdao is a major metropolis situated in northeastern China¡¦s Shandong Province and functions as an important economic, cultural and tourist center on China¡¦s eastern coast. Nicknamed the ¡¡±Garden City¡¨ and ¡¡±Switzerland of the East,¡¨ Qingdao is famous for its early 20th Century German-style architecture, beautiful beaches and ¡¡±red roofs, green trees, blue sea and blue sky¡¨ views. Qingdao is a major base for China¡¦s marine industry as well as a major high-technology manufacturing center. Surrounded by the ocean yet ice-free all year-round, Qingdao is one of China¡¦s major seaports. The inauguration of direct flights between Taoyuan and Qingdao will narrow the distance between Taiwan and the Shandong Peninsula, bringing great convenience to visitors and businesspeople traveling between both sides.