China Airlines expands in Oceania
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Taiwan’s China Airlines will add Melbourne to its route map in October.
Commencing on 25 October 2015, the airline will operate three weekly flights (departing every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday) from Taipei‘s Taoyuan International Airport to Melbourne. The flight will then continue across the Tasman Sea to the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
Operating on a seasonal basis until 26 March 2016, this route will complement China Airlines’ existing Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch service, which launched in December 2014 and also operates three times a week.
Combined with the airline’s eight weekly flights from Taipei to Auckland, via Sydney or Brisbane, China Airlines will operate a total of 14 flights per week to Australia and New Zealand this winter.
Numbered CI057 and CI058, the Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch route will be operated using a 307-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft with seats in 30 business class and 277 in economy.
China Airlines said the new route would “flesh out” its Oceania network and “provide business and tourist passengers with more options”.
“Demand is strong on the Christchurch route from both Asian tourists and travellers between Australia and New Zealand. Average loading factor during the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere reached 90% and was extended to March 2015, due to positive passenger demand,” the airline said in a statement.
“The addition of the Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch route this year will enable China Airlines to build on the existing Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch route to provide a more comprehensive network between Taipei, Australia and New Zealand.”
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