China Airlines is gearing up for its new service to Melbourne next month. The Taiwan flag carrier and SkyTeam alliance member already flies to Sydney and Brisbane.
The new service, using an A330-300, will be routed Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch, China Airlines general manager Australia, David Wu, said yesterday. Attractive fares are in place, complete with flexible fare rules.
Hot fares include: Japan/Korea/China +$110 economy (+$0 business); Taipei/Koahsiung +$1206 economy (+$4098 business); South East Asia +$110 (+$0 business). All fares include tax.
Selling points on the new service: 9-inch personal seat TV screens, new release movies and personal USB ports in economy. Business class seats have 15-inch personal TV screens and angled lie-flat seats with 172-degree recline.
At the 2015 Taiwan Roadshow in Sydney on Tuesday, China Airlines (CI) freely admitted that it is sometimes confused with Air China (CA), China Eastern (MU) or China Southern (CZ). China Airlines is separate from the others and the only one based in Taiwan.
Wu said the Melbourne market was growing strongly. The new service means people travelling to and from Taiwan will have an easier journey, no longer needing to transit through other cities.
The launch of the new Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch service underscored the airline’s commitment to expanding the Australia and New Zealand market, Wu said.
“By the end of 2015 we will be serving five cities in the Australasian region, providing 14 flights a week between Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.”
The new A330-300 service will begin on 25 October 2015 and will run three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Victorians will gain increased access to China Airlines’ extensive global network, including the increasingly popular destinations of Japan and Korea, while adding another option for travel to Christchurch.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 25 October 2015, Melbourne residents can reach Taipei on the new CI58 service – leaving the Victorian capital at 11.10pm to reach Taipei at 5:35am the following morning.
Returning on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, CI57 takes off at 11.30pm in Taipei to land in Melbourne at 11.50am next day.
Written by Peter Needham