SkyTeam is about to offer you the only non-stop service from Taiwan to Europe.
China Airlines (CI), with the introduction of the brand new Airbus A350 to their fleet, are set to announce new direct flights from their hub in Taipei to London Heathrow before year end.
Current offerings from Taipei to Europe are all one stops via places such as Bangkok, but with the long haul capabilities and economics of the A350 China Airlines will be starting the new flights non-stop shortly. That with an excellent Business, Premium Economy, and Economy product to boot.
Newly appointed CI chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan announced the airline’s intentions to connect the two countries direct, and offer competitive deals and options passengers for SkyTeam folks based in Europe to other points of interest in South East Asia.
Currently Cathay Pacific make a killing from Europe to other points in Asia through their Hong Kong hub, but it was to the detriment of SkyTeam elites who’d be loathed to waste valuable miles on a oneworld airline, no matter how good they are. This new link makes SkyTeam more competitive in this market and CI already have a competitive advantage through their lower costs – which more likely will result in lower ticket prices for passengers.
Hell, try CI on the Kangaroo at this rate – a one stop from London to Sydney through Taipei doesn’t sound half bad. Especially when it will feature an industry leading 180 degree flat bed with an award winning product on the long haul sector and a angle-flat bed (about 160 degree recline) on the shorter medium haul 8 hour segment to Australia.
This long overdue addition to CI’s network and indeed SkyTeam’s armory will prove to be very successful – especially because it will be to the preferred Heathrow (over Gatwick), a long time oneoworld hub, from Taipei, a SkyTeam ‘fortress’.
Another absolutely great and feasible option to Asia and Australia for SkyTeam elites in England and Europe with an excellent product at reasonable prices.
If I was a SkyTeam elite, I’d be more than open to trying this option out and I doubt I’d be disappointed with it.