China Airlines is making a number of changes to its summer schedule starting March next year that will see the number of flights on some of its European services increase, but those on certain US and Australia routes decrease.
Among the most notable changes will be the addition of a new Tuesday flight on the airline’s upcoming Taipei Taoyuan-London Gatwick service (CI69/CI70) starting March 27, 2018, bringing the total number of flights on the route to five per week. The route, announced back in June this year, is set to take off on December 1 this year with the carrier’s Airbus A350 aircraft.
Meanwhile, China Airlines’ service to Vienna (CI63/CI64), also served by the A350, will be getting two extra flights a week from March 1 onwards. These will be on Thursday and Sunday, adding to the route’s existing Monday, Wednesday and Saturday flights, also bringing the route up to a five-times-weekly service.
The increase on China Airlines’ Vienna service comes as rival Taiwanese airline, Eva Air, looks to launch its own non-stop service to Vienna. Eva Air currently flies to the Austrian capital via Bangkok.
However, China Airlines will be pulling back on the number of flights to New York and Sydney. According to industry website routesonline.com, the airline had previously planned to add a fifth weekly flight to its New York JFK service, however this is no longer set to go ahead.
Meanwhile, the airline’s soon-to-be twice-daily non-stop service to Sydney is set to drop to a 10-times-weekly operation from March 2, according to the airline’s schedule, with this going back up to 11 per week from March 23.
China Airlines currently flies daily to Sydney, with its second daily flight (CI55/CI56) starting on December 1. Both of these are set to be operated by the A350 from next month onwards.
Business Traveller reviewed China Airlines’ A350 business class on its short-haul flight earlier this year from Taipei to Hong Kong.