TAIWAN: China Airlines expands cross straits flights

China Airlines (CAL) has launched three new freighter routes in September, including a weekly service from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Xiamen on the southern Chinese mainland from 4 September with another weekly flight to Nanjing starting 11 September. From the end of September CAL is operating a twice-weekly freighter flight to Fuzhou, also in […]


China Airlines (CAL) has launched three new freighter routes in September, including a weekly service from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Xiamen on the southern Chinese mainland from 4 September with another weekly flight to Nanjing starting 11 September. From the end of September CAL is operating a twice-weekly freighter flight to Fuzhou, also in southern China. CAL, with a fleet of 20 747-400 freighters, expects most of the Taiwan exported cargo to be electronic goods, textiles and shoes. The Taiwanese carrier recorded a cargo load factor of over 75 per cent in the first half of the year, boosted by the improved relations between Taipei and Beijing which opened direct, cross straits flights of which CAL now has 10 weekly cargo flights with two more flights planned to unspecified destinations in the future. Since Taiwan and China opened direct air cargo links in August 2009, CAL has transported 56,000 tonnes of goods from China to Taiwan, accounting for 10 per cent of the company’s total shipments. CAL’s chief rival, EVA Air, currently has four cargo flights a week between Taiwan and China ¨C three to Shanghai and one to Guangzhou.