Commencing July 18, Taiwanese flag carrier China Airlines (CAL) will launch twice weekly Airbus A350 flights between Taipei and Prague.

SkyTeam member CAL will fly its flagship A350-900 aircraft on this new route, seating 32 in business class, 31 in premium economy and 243 in standard economy class.

With this new service, CAL once again offers more flights between Taiwan and Europe than its local competitor EVA Air.

The Taipei-Prague flights will depart Taoyuan Airport on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2320 and arrive in the Czech Republic after 13 hours and 50 minutes at 0710 local time the following morning.

The return flights will take off at 1105 local time on Wednesdays and Sundays and arrive in Taipei at 0535 the following morning after a flight of 12 hours and 30 minutes.

Business class will be in a 1-2-1 lie flat configuration; premium economy in a comfortable 2-3-2; and economy in a 3-3-3 layout.

Prague is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe; in 1992 it was the first city to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Popular destinations include the Old Town Square, Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Astronomical Clock, and Charles Bridge.

To celebrate its Prague launch, CAL is offering discounted roundtrip fares when departing from Taiwan.

Furthermore, bonus miles are also being offered to members of CAL’s Dynasty frequent flyer programme. Paragon members that take a flight between Taipei and Prague before the end of September will earn double miles. Emerald members will receive a 50 per cent bonus; Gold members a 20 per cent bonus.

CAL says the number of people traveling to Europe has been growing steadily in recent years with the eastern European market seeing the most growth. With business and travel demand both growing steadily throughout the Asia-Pacific, CAL says that “eastern Europe offers a market with great potential and China Airlines will continue to compete in the transfer market”.

Prague will be CAL’s sixth destination in Europe.

The Taiwanese flag carrier already flies to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Rome and Vienna.