23 OCTOBER 2017
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After five years’ absence from London, China Airlines is returning on 1 December with the launch of a new non-stop service between Gatwick and Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei.
The carrier operated flights between Taipei and Heathrow from 2010–12 before pulling off the route and substituting a service to Amsterdam with onward connection to London via a codeshare with KLM.
The new service will operate four times a week to and from Gatwick’s South Terminal with a 306-seat Airbus A350-900 in a three-class configuration. Flight time is a little over 13hr.
Business Class in the airline’s A350 offers lie-flat beds, aisle access for each seat and access to the onboard Sky Lounge bar. Premium Economy seats recline within a hard shell, while Economy seats feature a slimline design that the airline says allows for extra legroom.
China Airlines senior vice-president Europe Roger Han said: "We're incredibly excited to be returning to the UK this year, making travel between the UK and Taiwan much more simple and accessible.
"By offering the only non-stop service between the two countries, we hope to welcome travellers who may not have considered Taiwan as their first outbound destination previously.”
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