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China Airlines is both the largest and the flag carrier of Taiwan. Its headquarters is located at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city. The airline operates out of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Taoyuan International Airport. Terminal 1 handles flights to and from Southeast Asia, Korea, Hong Kong, India, and Europe, while Terminal 2 handles flights to and from Japan, China, Oceania, and North America. Including codeshares and cargo flights, China Airlines serves 118 airports in four different continents with over 1,400 flights a week. Japanese destinations are among the airline’s most popular, with over 180 flights a week to Japan alone.
When China airlines was founded in 1959, its fleet consisted only of two PBY Amphibians. The airline began offering domestic service from Taipei to Hualien in 1962. Over the next few years, China Airlines acquired new Boeing aircraft and established routes to destinations in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and North America. In the following decades, China Airlines continued to expand its fleet with Airbus and Boeing aircraft, which allowed it to expand its passenger and cargo routes as well. During the early 2000s, China Airlines finally began offering cross-strait flights between Taiwan and China. These flights were first limited to charters but, in 2009, the airline finally began to fly scheduled routes between the two destinations.
China Airlines became a full member of the SkyTeam alliance in 2011, which opened the airline up to new routes thanks to alliance codeshare agreements. In 2014, to mark the delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER, China Airlines embarked upon its NexGen project. The goal of this project is to create world-class designs for its fleet’s interior cabins as well as to launch a series of innovative services to bolster its brand image. The core values of the NexGen project are, "Cultural Creativity, Technology, Environmental Protection, Passion, and Trust."
Once you’ve chosen your China Airlines flight and have your tickets all booked, you can use Skyscanner to help you find cheap hotel accommodations and affordable car rentals at your destination. Not sure yet where you want to go? Here is an overview of China Airlines’ domestic destinations and a look at some of the airline’s top international destinations as well.
Domestic Destinations Served by China Airlines
1) Taipei Taoyuan International Airport; Taipei
2) Taipei Songshan Airport; Taipei
3) Kaohsiung International Airport; Kaohsiung
4) Taichung International Airport; Taichung
5) Tainan Airport; Tainan
International Destinations Served by China Airlines
1) Hong Kong International Airport; Hong Kong
2) Phnom Penh International Airport; Phnom Penh, Cambodia
3) Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport; Sydney, Australia
4) Beijing Capital International Airport; Beijing, People's Republic of China
5) Narita International Airport; Tokyo, Japan
6) Indira Gandhi International Airport; India, Delhi
7) Frankfurt International Airport; Frankfurt, Germany
8) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; Amsterdam, Netherlands
9) Toronto Pearson International Airport; Toronto, Canada
10) John F. Kennedy International Airport; New York City, United States
Canadian travellers will be happy to hear that China Airlines is one of the top airlines offering cheap flights and weekly deals for flights to Asia from Canada. If you’re thinking about booking a flight to Southeast Asia, or if you already have, then check out Skyscanner’s guide to travel in Southeast Asia to help you make the most out of your trip.
China Airlines Fleet
China Airlines has a current fleet of 18 cargo aircraft and 66 passenger aircraft. Their passenger fleet consists of 24 Airbus A330s, 10 Airbus A350s, 18 Boeing 737s, 10 Boeing 777s, and four Boeing 747s. The airline is also in the process of placing orders for regional wide-body aircraft to allow for additional fleet and destination growth.
Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles promotions
China Airlines’ Dynasty flier loyalty and miles program rewards members with a variety of benefits when making reservations and when flying. There are four tiers, each offering additional bonuses. The base Dynasty tier rewards China Airlines fliers with more convenient reservations, cash discounts on packages, discounts on domestic tickets, and mileage earnings. The Gold, Emerald, and Paragon tiers include additional rewards such as a priority reservation wait-list, advance seat selection on China Airlines flights, guaranteed economy class reservation, extra baggage allowances, lounge access, and discounts on in-flight duty-free goods.
As China Airlines is part of the SkyTeam alliance, members of the Dynasty program’s Gold, Emerald, and Paragon tiers also receive the benefits of a SkyTeam membership when flying with other SkyTeam Airlines. The Gold Dynasty tier is equivalent to an Elite SkyTeam membership while the Emerald and Paragon tiers are equivalent to an Elite Plus SkyTeam Membership. Benefits include advance seat selection, priority wait list, priority check-in, and extra baggage allowance.
How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees
When flying with China Airlines, you can choose to check in for your flight at the airport, online, or with in-town check-in at Taipei Main Station. In-town check-in is a unique option that China Airlines passengers can take advantage of. It allows travellers to check in and drop off their baggage at Taipei Main Station, leaving them free to sightsee until it’s time to go through security and board their flight.
If you choose online check-in with China Airlines, then printing your boarding pass before you arrive at the airport will allow you to skip the line at the check-in counter. If you check in on a web-enabled mobile device, then you can choose to simply download an electronic boarding pass to your device. However, travellers heading to Australia, New Zealand, or the United States cannot use a self-print or a mobile boarding pass and must have their boarding pass printed at the airport.
Dynasty Flyer Program members can get more spacious seating arrangements on certain flights by using awards points to upgrade their booking class.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
When flying with China Airlines, you rarely have to worry about overpacking, as the airline’s check-in baggage limits are quite generous. In fact, for trips outside of the Americas, there is no limit on the quantity of bags you can check. The only stipulation is that each piece of luggage weigh up to a maximum of 30 kg. Passengers travelling to the Americas are limited to two pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to a maximum of 23 kg. China Airlines excess baggage charges vary depending on destination and are charged per kilogram.
Flights to any of China Airlines’ destinations also allow one piece of carry-on baggage which weighs up to 7 kg and has maximum dimensions of 56x36x23 cm.
Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals
There are two types of in-flight video systems that you may encounter on a China Airlines flight. The airline’s Boeing 737-800s are outfitted with a big-screen system which plays different movies and video clips depending on the duration of the flight. Other China Airlines planes come with an on-demand system where you can choose from among 125 different movies.
When it comes to in-flight dining, China Airlines offers travellers the option to pre-order their meals at the time of booking. Special meal requests can also be made at this time, or at least 24 hours prior to flight departure.
Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines
China Airlines offers an infant fare for children younger than two and over 14 days old as long as the infant rides on the lap of an adult. An adult can fly with up to two infants but must purchase a child fare for an accompanying safety seat for at least one of the infants. A child’s fare can also be purchased for any child older than two but younger than 12 years old. Passengers who will be 12 years old at the time of their flight must fly on an adult fair.
If you have a child between 5 and 12 years of age who needs to travel alone, then you must purchase an adult fare as well as additional unaccompanied minor service. Booking a ticket for an unaccompanied minor must be done at least 72 hours prior to departure time. China Airlines also offers special assistance for teenage passengers between 12 and 18 years of age who may need help completing certain airport procedures.
China Airlines allows dogs and cats to travel aboard its aircraft as checked baggage in the cargo hold for an extra fee. On flights outside of the Americas, the airline permits two pets that are less than 14 kg and of a similar size per container, as well as up to three puppies or kittens per container. On flights to the Americas, the airline only allows two pets in the same container if they both weigh less than 9 kg and does not allow three pets to a container.
Service dogs are allowed to fly in the cabin of the plane as long as all of the proper documents and identification are provided to China Airlines ahead of time.
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