China Airlines returns to UK with 13-hour flights to Taiwan

China Airlines, the national flag carrier of Taiwan, is returning to the UK following a five year hiatus, with the launch of a new non-stop service between London Gatwick and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from Friday 1 December.

The new service will operate four times per week from Gatwick’s South Terminal with a flight time of just over 13 hours aboard China Airlines’ Airbus A350-900. The aircraft will carry up to 306 passengers with a three class configuration, offering Premium Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

The A350 is the latest all-new airliner from Airbus and has proven popular with travellers, offering the tallest ceilings of any commercial aircraft with generously-sized overhead bins and one of the quietest cabins in the sky. The LED lighting systems and reduced cabin pressure are also effective in warding off jetlag.

China Airlines is recruiting experienced captains and first officers of any nationality. It says, “We open our arms wide for experienced pilots from different parts of the world to join us.” More here

The route launch marks a first for China Airlines in establishing a base at London Gatwick Airport. The airline previously operated a route between London Heathrow and Taipei, from 2010-2012 and has operated a service to Amsterdam with an onward connection to London via a codeshare with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines since.

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