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China Airlines will add its latest Airbus A350 to Sydney from December 1 2017 while also going double daily with flights on the Sydney-Taipei route.
Overnight updates to the airline's booking system show both the regular flight CI51/CI52 (which currently runs on an Airbus A330) and the new CI55/CI56 service will both see the advanced Airbus A350, which sports an upmarket business class based on the same design as that of Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways, among others.
The 32 seats each offer direct aisle access and a side-table for spreading our your inflight stuff...
... and convert into a 78 inch (1.9 metre) fully-flat bed, with an 18 inch video screen to keep you entertained during the flight.
Behind the business class cabin is the Sky Bistro bar with self-serve drinks and snacks.
Further back are 31 premium economy seats arranged in rows of 2-3-2...
... which at 20 inches wide and with a 39 inch pitch add two inches in width and seven inches of pitch compared to the A350's 243 standard 3-3-3 economy seats.
All passengers will be able to tap into an inflight satellite Internet service.
The new China Airlines flight CI56 leaves Sydney at 1.30pm to reach Taipei at 7.50pm; the CI55 return leg is wheels-up from Taipei at 8.10am and arrives into Sydney at 8.25pm.
The SkyTeam member will also increase its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights to a daily service, up from the current four flights a week, from December 1.
Sydney-Auckland flights cancelled
However, there's bad news for travellers who relied on China Airlines for a trans-Tasman hop across the pond: schedule updates indicate that China Airlines is pulling the plug on its Sydney-Auckland flights as of December 1.
These Auckland flights ran an an add-on leg from the Taipei-Sydney service and could be booked on their own as a single leg between Australia and New Zealand.
A spokesperson for China Airlines confirmed these changes to Australian Business Traveller, along with cancellation of similar Sydney–Christchurch flights from October 29, 2017, saying they reflected "changed business strategies for this winter schedule in 2017."
Of the move to double daily Airbus A350 flights between Taipei and Sydney, the airline "believes this strategy will increase more passengers from Europe or other countries to take China Airlines flights for flight connecting arrangement in Taiwan."