China Airlines will return to the UK following a five-year hiatus with the launch of a new non-stop service between Gatwick airport and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from December 1.
The flight will operate four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Gatwick’s South Terminal aboard the Airbus A350-900. The aircraft carries up to 306 passengers and offers three classes – Premium Business (pictured), Premium Economy and Economy.
Premium Business class features 180 degree lay-flat beds, aisle access for every seat and admittance to the onboard Sky Lounge, which serves cocktails and other drinks. Meanwhile, the seats in Premium Economy are designed with fixed-back seats that recline without leaning toward the passenger behind.
The route marks China Airlines’ first time establishing a base at Gatwick, as the carrier previously flew to Taipei from Heathrow from 2010 to 2012. It also operated a service to Amsterdam with an onward connection to London via a codeshare with KLM.
Roger Han, senior vice president of Europe at China Airlines, said: “By offering the only non-stop service between these two countries, we hope to welcome travellers who may not have considered Taiwan as their first outbound destination previously.”