After a five year absence, China Airlines will resume direct flights from London to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. There will be a total of four flights per week from London Gatwick, with flights departing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The airline plans to use a new Airbus A350 aircraft, which boasts better fuel efficiency, large overhead storage bins and improved air quality for passengers. The aircraft will have a total of 306 across three cabin classes, boasting 32 lie-flat seats in Business Class. The seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 herringbone layout, featuring luxurious finishes and elegant personal table lamps.
Flights will depart Gatwick at 21.15 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, landing in Taipei at 18.30 the following day. The return flight will leave Taipei at 09.30 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving at Gatwick at 15.30. On Friday, departure is at 08.55 and arrival at 14.55.
Roger Han, China Airlines’ senior vice president Europe. says:
“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.”
“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 only other airline to offer flights between the UK and Taipei is EVA Air, which flies from Heathrow via Bangkok.