China Airlines has confirmed a spring 2018 launch date for its new non-stop service to Ontario International Airport (ONT) in San Bernardino, California.

The Taiwanese carrier had previously unveiled its interest in launching a new service to California early last month, following the popularity of its existing double-daily service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Now, China Airlines has confirmed that its new flights from Taipei to Ontario will fly four times a week using its B777-300ER, with this increasing to a daily service during peak season.

This new route will make China Airlines the first carrier in Asia to fly regularly to ONT, according to the airline’s chairman, Nuan-Hsuan Ho. The airline first began flying non-stop to Los Angeles in 1971.

China Airlines’ B777-300ER is configured three-class, with Premium Business, premium economy, and economy classes. Business has 40 fully flat seats laid out 1-2-1, split across two cabins. When fully laid out, these seats have a length of 78 inches (198cm) and a width of 28 inches (71cm).

Premium economy, meanwhile, offers 62 seats with a 39-inch (99cm) pitch and a 19-inch (48cm) width, while economy has 256 seats with 32 inches (81cm) of pitch and 17 inches (43cm) of width.

Taiwan’s flag carrier currently flies to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York in the US, and Vancouver in Canada. Its San Francisco service also received an upgauge to the carrier’s new A350 aircraft back in May.

Business Traveller reviewed China Airlines’ A350 business class product on its Taipei-Hong Kong route earlier this year.


Rival Taiwanese airline Eva Air, meanwhile, has also been making moves in North America, having increased frequency on its recently launched Chicago service to once per day.