China Airlines boosts flights to Australia, resumes Auckland

Taiwan’s flag-carrier will steadily add flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the coming months.

By David Flynn, September 6 2022
China Airlines boosts flights to Australia, resumes Auckland
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With Taiwan reopening its borders from September 12, China Airlines is adopting a slow-but-steady approach to rebuilding its Australian and New Zealand flights.

Sydney-Taipei and Melbourne-Taipei, which are currently pegged at just two flights a week, will shift to thrice-weekly in October and November and four times a week in December.

Brisbane-Taipei steps up from a single flight a week to three days across October-December.

In addition, a trans-Tasman leg to Auckland will be bolted onto the Brisbane service every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday between October and December 2022.

  • CI54 will depart Auckland at 8.30pm to reach Brisbane at 9.20pm, before setting out to Taipei to arrive at 5.45am the following day 
  • CI53 is wheels-up from Taipei at 11.55pm and landing at Brisbane at 10.45am; the Auckland leg spans from 12.55pm to 7pm

China Airlines’ flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all feature the modern Airbus A350, which sports an upmarket business class cabin of 32 seats offering direct aisle access.

These 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, with prices ranging from US$12 for one hour to US$22 for a 24-hour plan which can be used over multiple flights (such as Sydney-Taipei-London).

The SkyTeam member plans to swell its international fleet from 2025 with the delivery of 16 Boeing 787-9 jets to replace the ageing Airbus A330s, with an option to add eight more and also convert orders to the larger 787-10 model.

Glad to hear they’re bringing back AKL. I wish they still had the direct, but happy there will be some option on the sky team front as it’s limited into New Zealand. Sadly it’s a little too late for me. I had tickets booked using DL Sky Miles to try out China Air’s business class from AKL-TPE-BKK in December. When they cancelled the direct AKL flight last month they said we would be rebooked, but sadly they didn’t do that and now all those other cheap options that were available when we booked our tickets are gone. Hopefully I will be able to try out this route another time as I would really like to try their business product. 

24 Aug 2011

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CI's Premium Economy is the most spacious of any A350 operator at 7 abreast whilst carriers such as SQ and CX are 8 abreast.

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