China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest airline, is increasing capacity on its thrice-weekly Taipei – Vienna service.
From June 1, the B747-400 ‘Jumbo Jet’ will replace the incumbent A340-300, resulting in a total 113-seat increase. The business class cabin will see the largest increase, from currently 30 to 70 on the B747. To view the seat plan, click here.
The business class seats on this aircraft are the angled-flat type, reclining some 165 degrees rather than going turning into a full-flat bed as on China Airlines’ new flagship B777-300ER that entered service last month.
Flight CI063 will leave Taipei’s Taoyuan every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2310 to arrive the next morning at 0630 in Vienna. Return service CI064 will depart Vienna’s Schwechat at 1135 every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday to touch back down in the Taiwanese capital at 0605 the following morning.
Vienna is an important market for Taiwanese carriers. Both China Airlines and competitor EVA Air have been flying to the Austrian capital for years, providing important links to South-East Asia. Interestingly, most major Asian legacy carriers do not have Vienna in their networks. THAI, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and the likes, are all conspicuously absent.
There is a rather big Taiwanese community in Austria, and its universities attract a lot of students, particularly in the field of music and performing arts, every year. Moreover, Austria’s quaint Alpine charm draws in ever-increasing numbers of Asian tourists every year.
For more information please visit china-airlines.com
Dominic Sebastian Lalk