• Qantas unlocks business class reward flights on China Airlines

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now spend their stash of Qantas Points on reward flights with Taiwan’s China Airlines, covering routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Taipei. A one-way business class flight on any of those routes clocks in at 65,000 Qantas Points one-way (130,000 ...

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • China Airlines closes Taipei Airport T2 lounge for renovations

    China Airlines’ largest lounge at Taipei Airport is now closed for renovations, expected to reopen to passengers on September 10 2018 following an extensive facelift. Located near gate D4 in Terminal 2 and close to the gates typically used for Airbus A350 flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Bris...

    POSTED 16 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Flying from Taipei? Ditch your suitcase at in-town check-in

    Booked on a flight from Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport with China Airlines or EVA Air? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in facility on the day you depart, to drop your suitcase and grab your boarding pass before venturing to the airport. It’s a nifty option to keep up ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Photos: inside the President of Taiwan's private airport lounge

    Think the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is tough to get into? That’s nothing, compared to China Airlines' invitation-only lounge at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport, where not even the darkest or shiniest of VIP frequent flyer cards will get you a look inside, as China Airlines' Dynasty prog...

    POSTED 6 May, 2018 14 Comments

  • China Airlines offers free inflight WiFi on Australia, UK flights

    Passengers travelling in business class and premium economy with China Airlines can now enjoy complimentary inflight Internet aboard the airline’s flights from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to Taipei: the airline’s home in Taiwan. Coinciding with China Airlines’...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • China Airlines brings Airbus A350s to Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland

    SkyTeam alliance member China Airlines will fly its Airbus A350 jets on Taipei-Melbourne and Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights from March 2018. Joining its double-daily Airbus A350 services to Sydney, flight CI57 from Taipei to Melbourne picks up the next-gen jet from March 25, with CI58 moving t...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • China Airlines goes daily on Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights

    China Airlines will boost its Taipei-Brisbane and Brisbane-Auckland flights to a daily schedule from December 2017. The SkyTeam member currently has four flights a week on its Airbus A330, which is a popular option for Brisbane's trans-Tasman travellers. Ray Chang, China Airlines' General ...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2017 8 Comments

  • China Airlines to fly Airbus A350 on Sydney-Taipei route

    China Airlines will add its latest Airbus A350 to Sydney from December 1 2017 while also going double daily with flights on the Sydney-Taipei route. Overnight updates to the airline's booking system show both the regular flight CI51/CI52 (which currently runs on an Airbus A330) and the new CI5...

    POSTED 12 May, 2017 37 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Brisbane-Auckland flights

    Flying from Brisbane to Auckland in business class? You may be surprised to learn that not two, but five airlines compete for your high flying dollar on this busy trans-Tasman route. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with Emirates and even Taiwan-based China ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • The best business class seats flying between Sydney and Auckland

    Travellers are spoiled for choice when flying from Sydney to Auckland and back again with no fewer than six airlines offering business class seats and service at the pointy end. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with more far-flung carriers in Emirates, LATAM...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Inside China Airlines' all-new Airbus A350

    China Airlines has shared a first look inside its new Airbus A350 fleet, which will begin flying in the second half of this year from Taipei to a host of cities across Europe. The SkyTeam member has 14 of the advanced fuel-efficient jetliners on order with four slated for delivery from July to t...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2016 10 Comments

  • First photos: SkyTeam opens Hong Kong Airport lounge

    Following the opening of dedicated lounges in London, Istanbul and Sydney, the airline alliance has cut the ribbon on its newest branded lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. Located past security near departure gate 15 in Terminal 1, the SkyTeam Hong Kong lounge provides seating for up to ...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2015 8 Comments

  • China Airlines ramps up Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights

    China Airlines is boosting its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights over the peak Australian summer travel period, while at the same time launching new Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch services. From December 5 2015 through to February 28 2016, the Taiwanese airline will fly from Brisbane to both Taipe...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2015 4 Comments

  • China Airlines to launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch flights

    SkyTeam alliance member and Taiwan flag carrier China Airlines will boost its Australian network later this year with the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Taipei, complemented also by new trans-Tasman flights between Melbourne and Christchurch. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2015 10 Comments

  • China Airlines unveils new cabin crew uniforms in pop video

    China Airlines’ ground staff and cabin crew will sport a new uniform as the SkyTeam alliance airline seeks to spruce up its image across the globe. Revealed in a pop video by Taiwanese band Men Envy Children and taking to the skies from August, frequent travellers will notice a difference ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2015 7 Comments

  • 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 betwee...

    POSTED 18 May, 2015 2 Comments

  • Inside China Airlines' new Boeing 777-300ER

    Taiwan-based China Airlines has taken the reins of its first long-range Boeing 777-300ER jet, complete with new business class, premium economy and economy seats – but no first class cabin. Already zipping between Taipei and Hong Kong, the Boeing 777-300ER is the first of 10 destined ...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2014 19 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points wrap

    Members of United MileagePlus and Avianca LifeMiles are about to lose one of the best redemption options from Australia when Thai Airways axes first class on its Sydney flights from next month. Also in this week’s wrap, we’ll show you how unwind in Virgin Australia’s domestic l...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • Qantas launches codeshare partnership with China Airlines

    Qantas will partner with China Airlines for direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei under a new codeshare agreement with the Taiwanese airline. China Airlines runs up to ten return flights a week (during peak seasons) between Australia and Taipei on its Airbus A330 aircraft. Subject t...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2014 21 Comments

  • SkyTeam launches

    The global SkyTeam airline alliance now offers a ‘Go Round Asia and South West Pacific’ pass, which allows travellers to jet around these regions on a single, discounted ticket. What you’ll pay depends on how far you fly, with tickets broken up into three bands – 13,000 m...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2014 5 Comments

  • Review: Air New Zealand's Skycouch seat (soon for China Airlines)

    Air New Zealand's innovative Skycouch economy class seat will soon be appearing on China Airlines flights, with the Taiwanese carrier adopting the Skycouch design for its fleet of new Boeing 777-300ER jets which take wing from September this year. The Skycouch – which features on Air ...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2014 16 Comments

  • China Airlines begins Sydney-Auckland flights today

    China Airlines begins flying between Sydney and Auckland from today, 29 October, adding to the list of business class options for trans-Tasman travellers. Emirates, Air New Zealand and LAN already tick that box, with full business class (and First on Emirates) up front plus more room i...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2012 7 Comments

  • How to get true business class on flights to New Zealand

    New Zealand is the number one destination for Australian business travellers, but it's not exactly brimming with true business class seats -- wide, comfortable, plenty of legroom, international-grade seats -- for that hope across the pond, a journey which take up to five hours if the winds a...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2012 6 Comments

  • China Airlines joins SkyTeam, considers axing first class

    IN BRIEF: Taipei-based China Airlines today became the 15th member of the SkyTeam alliance, following recent recruit China Eastern in expanding SkyTeam's footprint in the Asia-Pacific region (alongside China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Korean Air and Vi...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • China Airlines to sign onto SkyTeam next month

    The SkyTeam alliance continues to grow its footprint in the Asia-Pacific market, with recent recruit China Eastern to be joined by Taipei-based China Airlines next month. This will bring the tally of SkyTeam airlines seen in Australian skies to six, says Rafael Despradel, Australian Sales &...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

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