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Taiwan is set to become an important stopover and transit point for Australians travelling to and from Europe and Asia, with China Airlines preparing for a massive frequency increase and upgrade in its air services to Australia in the final quarter of this year.

Agents attending the Taiwan Tourism Bureau roadshows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney last week learned that China Airlines, based in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, will deploy its new Airbus A350 fleet on the Sydney route from 1 December 2017 while also boosting frequencies dramatically on the Sydney-Taipei route.

China Airlines new A350

To Sydney, China Airlines will move from four services a week to 14 services a week – an enormous, 250% increase in frequency that will see it go double-daily using state-of-the-art A350s. To Brisbane, China Airlines will ramp up frequencies from four flights a week to daily.

New stopover and transit tour packages have already been prepared for the anticipated travel boom.

Director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Singapore office, Trust Lin, and senior executive officer from the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei, Hung Chih-Kuang, were both in attendance at the Sydney roadshow on Thursday night.

Lin said the Taiwan Tourism Bureau had developed four-hour tours for passengers passing though Taipei while flying from Australia to European and Asian points, or vice versa. Travellers Taipei will be offered a choice of free four-hour tours, historical ones in the morning and metropolitan Taipei in the afternoons.

Jeremy Chen from China Airlines told the roadshows that the new A350 services would offer a choice of day or night flights to Taiwan, code-share with Qantas. Chen said the services would position Taiwan as a new gateway to Europe and Asia, with one-stop services from Sydney or Brisbane.

China Airlines service

China Airlines will boost its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights to a daily service, up from the current four flights a week, from 1 December 2017.

The advanced China Airlines A350 offers a stylish upmarket business class based on the same design as that of Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways and other top-tier carriers.

China Airlines is understood to be positioning itself as a high quality, value for money alternative, somewhere around where Cathay Pacific or China Southern sit in the carrier spectrum.

China Airlines is offering an Early Bird Promotion to London Gatwick on its website from Sydney and Brisbane.

Here’s a sample:

Ticket validity: 1 year

Ticketing period: 28AUG17 to 30SEP17

Departure period:

1.SYD to LGW

(1) Departure: 01DEC-12DEC17; 26DEC17-09APR18 Price (taxes included): from AUD1425

(2) Departure: 13DEC-25DEC17 Price (taxes included): from AUD1640

2.BNE to LGW

(1) Departure: 01DEC17-02JAN18, Price (taxes included): from AUD1718

(2) Departure: 03JAN18 – 30JUN18, Price (taxes included): from AUD1361

EVA Air, another big Taiwanese carrier, also flies to Australia.

Written by Peter Needham

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