Taiwanese carrier China Airlines unveiled a new Airbus A350 Syrmaticus Mikado livery to mark the commissioning of its first new A350 aircraft. The livery features the Syrmaticus Mikado bird, a species endemic to Taiwan, and was unveiled to the public with a demonstration flight on Friday. Meanwhile, an online vote to decide the Chinese font for the new aircraft livery has also been launched, with all members of the public able to participate.

The aircraft is the first of a total of 14 A350-900 XWBs the carrier plans to introduce to its fleet between now and 2018 as part of a move to revitalise its fleet. China Airlines took delivery of the aircraft earlier this month, and the introduction of the new A350 makes China Airlines the first airline in Taiwan to fly the aircraft.

The A350 initially will be deployed on the carrier’s European routes, with direct flights from Taoyuan to Amsterdam, Vienna and Rome beginning next year. The new routes will bring China Airlines’ number of direct flights to Europe to two per day and 16 per week.

Customers who purchase tickets from Taipei to Amsterdam, Vienna, Roma and Frankfurt, or on connecting flights to other parts of Europe before November 30, will receive a discount of TW$3,500 (US$110.9). The offer is available for all classes and all return flights departing from Taoyuan before December 31, 2017.