China Airlines to resume seasonal Sydney-Christchurch flights

China Airlines to resume seasonal Sydney-Christchurch flights

Taiwanese flag carrier and SkyTeam member China Airlines will recommence its Sydney-Christchurch flights after a successful ‘trial run’ across the ditch this past summer.

Stretching to almost five months, the services will run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in each direction between November 3 2015 and March 25 2016.

Operated as an extension of the airline’s existing Taipei-Sydney flights, passengers can travel solely between Sydney and Christchurch without travelling onward to Taiwan.

With both business class and economy aboard the airline’s A330s, CI55 pushes back at 12:40pm in Sydney to reach Christchurch at 5:45pm that afternoon, while on the return, CI56 is wheels-up at 7:15pm – touching down in Sydney at 8:30pm before continuing home to Taipei.

“The Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch service last summer was our most successful sector on our global network at that time, so it was an easy decision to expand the service next summer,” said Shirley Yang, China Airlines’ New Zealand Branch General Manager.

“We expect to see increases in what we experienced last summer: East Asian travellers using the service to get to the South Island, as well as the Sydney connection being used by many travellers, including New Zealanders and Australians,” she added.

Business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus cardholders can stop by the new SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport for a pre-flight drink…

… while the Air New Zealand Koru lounge awaits in Christchurch before the flight home.

China Airlines also flies from both Sydney and Brisbane to Auckland year-round.

Also read: Virgin Australia launches trans-Tasman business class

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • PunditShafton


    18 May, 2015 01:07 pm

    fantastic flight timing... great for weekend gateway.

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  • Broderick Boyd


    19 May, 2015 11:01 am

    Ive started flying them across the ditch (Auckland) over the last year. They are a fantastic airline.  Alot of people are not aware (if available) you can upgrade to Business at Sydney Airport for $149.00. Ive done this a few times and well worth the $$$. 

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21 Mar, 2019 05:27 pm


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