Beijing – Air China today announced that from July 4th, 2008 it will be commencing regular direct flights from Beijing to Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The first flight, on an Airbus A330, will depart from Beijing Capital International Airport at 8:30am Beijing time and arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 1:00 pm.
This will be the first time in over 60 years that there have been regular direct flights between Mainland China and Taiwan. Since 2006, Air China has operated special charter flights between Beijing and Taiwan during the four traditional Chinese holidays – Spring Festival, Mid-Autumn Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, and Dragon Boat Festival.
The new flights will allow Chinese travelers from both sides of the Straits to travel more freely between the Mainland and Taiwan. This will open up business, cultural and travel opportunities between the cities. The flights will also offer travelers from Taiwan a convenient gateway to connect with flights from Beijing to other cities and countries throughout the world.
“Air China is proud to be a part of this historic moment for China,” said Zhang Chunzhi, Air China spokesperson and Marketing Department General Manager. “This new bridge between Taipei, Kaohsiung and Beijing will help enhance China’s cultural and commercial ties. With our strong network, Air China is on track to delivering the best customer satisfaction in the industry, and becoming the most valued brand, and most profitable airline in China, and one of the most competitive airline carriers in the world.”
Carrying China, Spanning the World
As a Star Alliance member, the Beijing 2008 Olympics Airline Partner and the only flag carrier of China, Air China operates a worldwide network from its hub in Beijing. By a fleet of 214 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 243 routes – 168 domestic, 69 international, and 6 regional – serving 28 countries and regions. It offers over 6,000 flights with over1, 000,000 seats every week to 81 domestic and 42 overseas and regional destinations.
On December 12, 2007, Air China joined Star Alliance, expanding its service to 897 destinations in 160 countries. Additionally, Air China maintains a code sharing cooperation with 20 airlines worldwide as well as various partnerships with other leading carriers.
The company’s customer service philosophy revolves around the 4Cs: credibility, convenience, comfort, and choice. A case in point of that is its new First Class “Forbidden Pavilion” and Business Class “Capital Pavilion” for long-haul international flights. These new service features, which include flat beds in First Class and lie-flat seats in Business Class, have redefined luxury in China’s airline industry. Air China was also the first airline in China to launch a frequent flyer program known as PhoenixMiles.
By its innovation and quality service, the company has won numerous accolades of the industry. For three years running, it has been honored with Customer Satisfaction Award by China Air Transport Association and as the Best Domestic Carrier Serving China by Business Traveler and TTG. Air China also ranks among “Top 20 Competitive Chinese Companies of the World” and among “Top 500 Brands of the World” for 2007.
Scheduled flight information：
Flight No. Schedule Departing From Flight Time Date
CA185/6 Friday Beijing Beijing 0830 Taipei 1300
Taipei 1400 Beijing1820 July 4th, 2008
Sunday Beijing Beijing 0830 Taipei1300
Taipei 1400 Beijing 1820 July 5th, 2008 to Oct 25th, 2008
Sunday Shanghai Shanghai Pudong 1250 Taipei1600
Shanghai Pudong 1950 July 4th, 2008 to Oct 25th, 2008
Notes: the above time is local time and the detailed flight information on sales system will be valid.