SkyTeam alliance member China Airlines will fly its Airbus A350 jets on Taipei-Melbourne and Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights from March 2018.
Joining its double-daily Airbus A350 services to Sydney, flight CI57 from Taipei to Melbourne picks up the next-gen jet from March 25, with CI58 moving to the A350 from March 26 2018 on the return journey.
Similarly, flight CI53 from Taipei to Brisbane switches to the A350 as of March 25, continuing its journey from Brisbane to Auckland on March 26: with Auckland-Brisbane-Taipei flights naturally being served by the A350 from the same date.
China Airlines’ A350s sport 32 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration – based on the same design as Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 The Business seats – transforming into 78-inch fully-flat beds.
A snack counter, or ‘Sky Bistro Bar’, sits just behind business class, offering self-serve drinks and snacks and an excuse to stretch your legs…
… with a 31-seat premium economy further behind, in a 2-3-2 layout:
Inflight Internet access is also available, a feature that’s factory standard on all Airbus A350s.
China Airlines confirmed the move via its Facebook page, with bookings now available through the airline's website.