MIAMI — China Airlines will resume its flights to the UK with a new nonstop service between London-Gatwick (LGW) and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) starting on December 1, 2017.
This service will be the only nonstop flight between Taipei and London and marks China Airlines’ return to the UK after five years of absence.
The route between London Heathrow (LHR) and Taipei was already operated by the Skyteam Member since 2010, but it was dropped in 2012.
Since then, the only connection China Airlines had with the UK was with their service to Amsterdam, operated through a codeshare with KLM.
The four-time a week service will be operated by an Airbus A350-900, and also will offer connections to Australia.
The aircraft features three classes for 306 passengers: Premium Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.
Roger Han, China Airlines’ Senior Vice President, Europe, said, “We are incredibly excited to be returning to the UK this year, making travel between the UK and Taiwan that much more simple and accessible.”
Flights are scheduled to depart from LGW at 21:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, arriving Taipei at 18:13 the next day. The aircraft will leave TPE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 9:30 arriving Gatwick at 15:30. On Fridays, the departure will be at 8:55 and the arrival at 14:55. (All in local times)
Even though there’s no other service between LGW and TPE, China Airlines will compete with Taiwan’s EVA Air, which offers the only current direct flight between Heathrow and Taipei via Bangkok.
The carrier has a total of 14 Airbus A350 aircraft in order searching “international growth.” Once delivered, the total China Airlines fleet will have 90 aircraft.