China Airlines ramps up Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights

By Chris C., July 30 2015
China Airlines ramps up Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights

China Airlines is boosting its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights over the peak Australian summer travel period, while at the same time launching new Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch services.

From December 5 2015 through to February 28 2016, the Taiwanese airline will fly from Brisbane to both Taipei and Auckland on Saturdays – an increase to its current Sunday, Tuesday and Friday flights.

Out of Taipei, Friday flights are added to the roster alongside the existing services on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

During the same period, the airline is also upgrading its usual Airbus A330-300 aircraft to the larger Boeing 747-400 jumbo.

Bound for Auckland, CI53 takes to Brisbane’s skies at 12:25pm, touching down at 6:40pm in Kiwi territory.

On the return pond crossing, CI54 pushes back at 8:45pm to reach Brisbane at 9:25pm.

The longer trek to Taiwan sees CI54 lifting off at 11:15pm, landing in Taipei at 6am the next day.

From Asia back home, CI53 is wheels-up at 11:25pm, arriving at the gate in Brisbane at 10:20am on the following morning.

The additional weekly return flights can now be booked through the China Airlines website:

From Taipei, passengers can connect onwards to destinations across Asia and Europe, including to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Rome and Tokyo.

Also read: China Airlines to launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch flights

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Chris C.

A former contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1258

For the avgeeks out there I'm sure the presence of another carrier's B744 will be a welcome sight at BNE and AKL.  They are an increasingly rare bird these days!


Air NZ Airpoints

12 Mar 2014

Total posts 36

No fault of CI's, but I had to laugh at the staff of a certain Japanese travel agency trying to sell flights to Japan from AKL on CI at Japan Day festival a couple of years ago... AKL - BNE - TPE - various airports in Japan. Three planes, whereas the competition do it in max two. Even at bargain basement rates, unless you're desperate to see Taipei... the answer is still... no.

for most of the Japanese travellers outside major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo and Nagoya, they usually have to fly domestically to airports like Narita and Kansai before commencing their international journeys. it means that they need two stops anyway. the CI's itinearay that you mentioned to the smaller Japanese ports is, therefore, not an inferior option.

China Airlines - Dynasty Flyer

22 Sep 2012

Total posts 80

Well its nice to see the 747 on the route again and potential for them to sell the upper deck as economy like last year but its pot luck to get those seats unless your the CI member.

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