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China Airlines to launch flights to Melbourne in October

China Airlines to launch flights to Melbourne in October

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) China Airlines, one of Taiwan's leading international carriers, will launch nonstop flights to Melbourne on a seasonal basis starting in October to capitalize on rising demand for travel to Australia.
The airline will fly between Taipei to Melbourne three times a week beginning on Oct. 25 and offer the service until March 26, 2015.
Flights will leave Taiwan on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and return from Melbourne on Wednesday, Saturday and Monday, according to the airline.
The three flights a week will continue on to Christchurch, New Zealand, a strategy encouraged by strong demand from Taiwanese tourists interested in combining Australia and New Zealand in one trip during the Southern Hemisphere's summer months.
In December 2014, CAL flew a new route from Taipei to Sydney and then on to Christchurch on a seasonal basis, and the passenger load factor on the flights averaged about 90 percent.
The airline said the new seasonal services to Melbourne and Christchurch are expected to be just as welcome in the market.
CAL was the first carrier in East Asia and the first in the SkyTeam alliance it joined in September 2011 to operate flights to Sydney and Christchurch.
The airline will re-launch the Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch service again this year on a seasonal basis with three round-trip flights a week from Oct. 26 to March 26, 2015.
The airline will use Airbus 330-300s, with a capacity of 30 business class seats and 277 economy class seats, on all of the seasonal routes, the carrier said.
CAL currently flies to Sydney four times a week, with three of them going on to Auckland, and three times a week to Brisbane and Auckland on a regular basis.
All four regularly scheduled flights to Sydney will continue on to Auckland beginning in September and a fourth flight per week to Brisbane will be added in December. (By Chen Wei-ting, Brook Hsiao and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 08:09 GMT+08:00