3 JULY 2017
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China Airlines is set to launch nonstop flights between Gatwick and Taipei from 1 December, operating the 13hr service four times a week with its newest aircraft, the 306-seat Airbus A350-900 XWB.
The Sky Team alliance member carrier is returning to the London route five years after it dropped flights to and from Heathrow after operating it for two years.
Gatwick head of airline relations Stephen King said: “We are delighted to welcome China Airlines to Gatwick as the latest addition to our flourishing long-haul network, which is increasingly connecting the UK to more and more destinations, including major business hubs, across the globe.”
CAL flights C1069/C1070 will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday offering a Business Class with 32 seats, Premium Economy with 31 seats and Economy with 243 seats.
Taipei becomes Gatwick's sixth route to the Asia Pacific region. CAL will also be increasing its Taipei – Sydney service to twice daily from December, while the Taipei – Brisbane – Auckland service will become daily, increasing from four times a week. And figures released by the airport last week showed it moved 45m passengers in the financial year ended 31 March 2017, easily a record for a single runway operation
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