China Airlines' Direct Taipei & Melbourne Flight launching on 27Oct2015
SkyTeam alliance member and Taiwan flag carrier China Airlines will boost its Australian network later this year with the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Taipei, complemented also by new trans-Tasman flights between Melbourne and Christchurch.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from October 27 2015, Melbourne residents can reach Taipei on the new CI58 service – leaving the Victorian capital at 11:10pm to reach Taipei at 5:35am the following morning.
Returning on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, CI57 pushes back at 11:30pm in Taipei to touch down in Melbourne at 11:50am: just in time for lunch on the next calendar day.
You can also hitch a ride solely from Melbourne to Christchurch on CI57, departing at 1:10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and landing in New Zealand at 6:30pm that evening.
Journeying home from Christchurch on the same days aboard CI58 sees you leaving the gate at 7:50pm and walking to baggage claim at 9:40pm local time in Melbourne, according to ArilineRoute.
Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft offering both business class and economy, it's believed that guests at the pointy end and SkyTeam Elite Plus cardholders down the back will have access to Air New Zealand's lounges in both Melbourne and Christchurch.
The news follows a planned revival of flights between Sydney and Christchurch over the Australian Summer, which China Airlines ran on a trial basis the year prior.
China Airlines also flies from Taipei to both Sydney and Brisbane, and onwards from these cities to Auckland year-round.
China Airlines is also offering a further service on from MEL to Christchurch (CHC), New Zealand using the same flight numbers. CAL currently serves Auckland through onward flights attached to its direct routes to Brisbane and Sydney. On the TPE to MEL service, China Airlines will operate the Airbus A330-300.
Korean Air expands codeshare with China Airlines
Korean Air has announced an extended codeshare agreement with China Airlines, increasing the flights offered by Korean Air between South Korea and Taiwan.
The agreement will be commencing on April 20 this year and flights will be added between Seoul and Kaohsiung and also between Busan and Taipei.
The agreement will allow Korean Air to sell tickets with its marketing flight number KE on the flights operated by China Airlines.
Prior to the extended agreement Korean Air, code sharing with China Airlines, offered a total of 25 flights per week on just the Seoul – Taipei route, with fourteen flights operated by Korean Air and eleven flights operated by China Airlines.
The new codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to provide an additional twenty-one flights between South Korea and Taiwan, offering more flexibility, convenience and choice to passengers.
In addition, members of Korean Air’s frequent flyer program Skypass will accumulate points when using the codeshare agreement to purchase Korean Air tickets for China Airlines flights.
Korean Air currently has codeshare partnerships on 195 routes with 33 airlines worldwide, including Air France, Aeromexico and China Southern.
Additional services with China Airlines
China Airlines (CI) is delighted to announce our seasonal Melbourne – Taipei vice versa and Melbourne – Christchurch vice versa service during the period of 26 October 2015 – 26 March 2016. All flights will be operated by modern A330-300s with seat-back TV offering a wide range of entertainment options. As the only airline providing a direct link between Melbourne and Taipei, China Airlines will ensure a more convenient and pleasant travel experience for the Taiwanese communities living in Victoria. With strong network in Asia, Europe and America, China Airlines connects passengers to over 115 destinations through our award-winning hub in Taipei.
China Airlines will also introduce Melbourne – Christchurch vice versa flights as a tag-on service to our Melbourne – Taipei vice versa flights. This new Trans-Tasman service will effectively increase the capacity for this city pair, offering passengers an opportunity to experience China Airlines signature in-flight service inspired by Taiwanese hospitality.
The launch of new Melbourne – Taipei vice versa and Melbourne – Christchurch vice versa represents China Airlines commitment to expanding its Australia and New Zealand market. By the end of this year, China Airlines will be serving 5 cities (Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney) in this region, providing 14 flights a week between Australia/New Zealand and Taiwan.
China Airlines will operate 3 direct flights between TPE & MEL each week, with onward service to CHC
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