China Airlines, one of our new favourite carriers, has just announced it will be upgrading it’s European routes of Amsterdam, Rome and Vienna with the new A350 aircraft which it is set to receive within a couple of months. Not only China Airlines roll out the new metal on the routes, it has made all of them non-stop to Taiwan, removing the stopovers in Bangkok and Delhi.
Starting December, the new aircraft will offer three weekly flights to Vienna, four weekly flights to Amsterdam and two weekly flights to Rome. The Frankfurt route which has already seen an uptake in demand due to the new 777-300ER operating the route, will also go to a daily flight as of June this year.
The airline’s A350 will offer a similar product to the 777, with 32 Premium Business Class, 31 Premium Economy and 243 economy classes with 34″ seat pitch and the aircraft will also feature the Family Couch found on the A350, although details are yet to be released on the rest of the new Airbus offerings.
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Amsterdam and Vienna have both also received new metal, with Emirates announcing they will change one of the daily flights to their flagship A380 to support the other 777 aircraft flying the route, and Jet Airways moved from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam and started a codeshare with Delta and KLM on routes to the USA.
It seems the next few years of A350 and 777-300ER deliveries for China Airlines means it is now able to compete with some of the numerous one-stop connections from Europe to Taiwan, by offering an enhanced product and non-stop flights.