Taiwan - New Zealand flights will boost tourism

New services by China Airlines to Taipei via Sydney could boost tourism and trade by more than $50 million a year, says Auckland Airport, which has enlisted a Taiwanese celebrity to promote New Zealand.

The Taiwanese airline says it will fly the route four days a week in addition to its services to Taipei via Brisbane three times a week.

The new service starts on October 28 and will add more than 120,000 seats to the Auckland-Taiwan route and provide important global connections.

   HaiYin Chen visited the Hobbit hotels 
   in Matamata and other tourist sports.

The airport's general manager aeronautical commercial, Glenn Wedlock, said this meant there were effectively daily services to Taiwan, which has a population of 23 million and is considered a mature, high-value market. About 18,000 Taiwanese visit a year and that could be easily boosted by another 3000 a year by 2020.

Auckland Airport has also launched a new high-profile traveller campaign to boost tourism from Taiwan.

The first Taiwanese celebrity guests, television news anchor HaiYin Chen and her renowned architect husband, Lienchuan Yu, toured the country for eight days in June, including a visit to the Queenstown Winter Festival.

"Bringing HaiYin and Lienchuan here and showing them, and their fans back in Taiwan, what New Zealand has to offer is part of our successful strategy to promote local tourism destinations and develop our nation's reputation as a must-visit travel destination," Wedlock said.

HaiYin has already drawn in more than 25.6 million visitors to her online blog posts.

She made regular updates for followers as she toured the country visiting tourist spots.

The new Auckland to Taipei service will use an A330-300 aircraft, with a total of 307 seats, including 30 business class.

Wedlock said China Airlines not only offered connections to Taipei and the airline's extensive global network but would help build the Auckland hub of the SkyTeam alliance, which includes China Southern Airlines.

"Equally as one of the world's largest cargo airlines the China Airlines services help us open greater access for our key trade markets."

New Zealand hopes to seal a free trade deal with Taiwan.

•Air New Zealand says it will boost capacity on direct services between Auckland and Queenstown by 32 per cent this summer, adding a fifth daily flight to give travellers a choice of direct services every two hours or so.

The increased capacity will take the total number of seats available on direct services over summer to 5200 each way a week.

(Source: nzherald.co.nz August 6, 2012)

CI launches SYD to AKL flights

Monday, 6 August 2012

Taiwanese carrier China Airlines is launching an inaugural four times weekly service between Sydney and Auckland from 29 October 2012.

China Airlines sales manager Jim Wong told e-Travel Blackboard the introduction of the Sydney to Auckland service is in response to a growing demand from the business and leisure sectors.

“We expect a strong response from the Australian marketplace," Mr Wong said when discussing the competition on the sector.

The sales manager believes China Airlines strong passenger following will be secured because of the airlines already outstanding international standard in-flight service, including advanced audio video on demand (AVOD) entertainment system in each seat.

Mr Wong also pointed out the airlines highly competitive fares with both one way and return routes along with the flight schedules will ensure passengers will book.

The Sydney to Auckland flight is scheduled to depart at 12:30 and arrive in Auckland at 17:40 while the Auckland to Sydney flight departs at 18:50 and arrives in Sydney at 20:30.

These flights will be operated with an advanced Airbus A330-300 aircraft, configured with 30 business class seats and 277 economy class seats. The plane is equipped with AVOD systems which allow every passenger on board to freely choose from an extensive library of entertainment including current blockbusters to classic films as well as short films.

China Airlines has released highly competitive fares which are available in all GDS starting from AUD$183(tax inclusive) one way in economy and AUD$463(tax inclusive) one way in business class from Sydney to Auckland.

China Airlines is a member of SkyTeam Alliance, and is the largest airline in Taiwan, flying to over 111 destinations in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and have a strong network presence in the Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Northeast Asia.