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China Airlines Returns to the UK

China Airlines Returns to the UK
24 October 2017 James Brooke

Only non-stop service between the UK and Taiwan to begin 1 December.

China Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is returning to the UK following a five year hiatus, with the launch of a new non-stop service between London Gatwick and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from Friday 1 December.

The new service will operate four times per week from Gatwick’s South Terminal with a flight time of just over 13 hours aboard China Airlines’ Airbus A350-900. The aircraft will carry up to 306 passengers with a three class configuration, offering Premium Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

“We’re incredibly excited to be returning to the UK this year, making travel between the UK and Taiwan that much more simple and accessible,” says Roger Han, Senior Vice President, Europe at China Airlines.

“By offering the only non-stop service between these two countries, we hope to welcome travellers who may not have considered Taiwan as their first outbound destination previously. Furthermore, our route network offers a wonderful array of destinations throughout Asia or onward to Australia for British travellers to enjoy.”

The A350 has proven a popular aircraft with travellers, offering the tallest ceilings of any commercial aircraft with generously-sized overhead bins and one of the quietest cabins in the sky. The LED lighting systems and reduced cabin pressure are also effective in warding off jetlag.

Guests in China Airlines’ Premium Business can enjoy 180 degree lay-flat beds, aisle access for every seat and access to the onboard Sky Lounge where they can unwind over a cocktail, or vintage glass of wine. Those in the Premium Economy cabin will enjoy the comfort of fixed-back seats that recline by sliding forward into their hard shell, offering a more natural reclining position and meaning that the seat doesn’t recline backwards toward the passenger behind. In the economy cabin, guests will enjoy additional legroom thanks to a slim line seat design.

The route launch marks a first for China Airlines in establishing a base at London Gatwick Airport. The airline previously operated a route between London Heathrow and Taipei, from 2010-2012 and has operated a service to Amsterdam with an onward connection to London via a codeshare with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines since. The launch of this route will mark their return to the UK.

A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, China Airlines currently operate flights to destinations across Asia, North America, Europe and Australia, with a fleet of more than 80 aircraft.

The new flight schedule will operate as per the following local times:

CI70               London Gatwick to Taipei TaoyuanMonday21:1518:30 (+1)
CI69                 Taipei Taoyuan to London GatwickMonday09:3015:30


To mark this occasion, special inaugural return fares to Taipei, Australia and New Zealand can be booked through or preferred travel agents.

Take a look at the new China Airlines A350-900 by clicking here.


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Stuart Fyfe/James Brooke/Nick Wheywell
Rooster PR
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About China Airlines
China Airlines is the national carrier for the Republic of China (Taiwan), flying to almost thirty destinations across four continents.

Rated a 4-star airline by Skytrax, China Airlines is based at Taipei’s Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and is a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

The airline will fly four times per week from London Gatwick’s South Terminal from Friday 1 December 2017. China Airlines was ranked in the World’s Top 40 Airlines at the Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards, ranking higher than British Airways.

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