Taiwan’s airline and flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Has its headquarters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport; has roughly
Operates more than 1,300 flights every week to ninety-five airports in
ninety-one cities in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.
Was, in 2013, the world’s 29th biggest airline with respect to passenger
RPK (revenue per kilometer) and the ninth biggest with respect to freight
Has three subsidiaries: Mandarin Airlines operates flights to domestic and
regional destinations with smaller demands; China Airlines Cargo operates
a fleet of freighter aircraft and regulates its parent airline’s cargo-hold
capability; Tigerair Taiwan is a planned low-cost carrier scheduled to begin
operations in late 2014.
The airline’s headquarters, CAL Park (Chinese: 華航園區; pinyin: Huáháng
Yuánqū), is located on the property of Taiwan Taoyuan International
Airport in Dayuan Township, Taoyuan County.
CAL Park, located at the entrance to the airport, makes a straight line with
Terminals 1 and 2, as well as with the future Terminal 3.
China Airlines was formerly headquartered in Songshan District in Taipei.
It also formerly had operations at its headquarters, facilities on the east
side of Taipei Songshan Airport, and at Taiwan Taoyuan International
Airport; the airline combined all of those functions in its new headquarters
The airline will rent space in the six floors that make up its previous
headquarters to occupants; $2,000 New Taiwan Dollars per ping will be
the regular rent.
The airline estimated in September 2009 that it would make $7 million
NTW in regular rental revenue.
Han Liang-zhong, a China Airlines vice president, said that the rental
revenue would pay for the bank mortgages that the airline used to fund
the CAL Park’s construction.
China Airlines, as a consequence of the headquarters relocating, will
change part of the training center at Taipei Songshan Airport into a
business aviation center.
The Taipei Branch Office (Chinese: 台北分公司; pinyin: Táiběi Fēngōngsī),
however, is still at the site of the former headquarters.
China Airlines had a livery with the flag of the Republic of China on
its tail before it introduced the current “plum blossom“ livery in
The carrier updated its livery because of political pressure from
the Chinese government.
The mainland government forbade any aircraft flying with the
Republic of China flag used to land in the mainland, Hong Kong,
and Macau; it also pressured other nations to enact similar bans.
This made China Airlines alter its corporate identify so its
operations would not be affected.
After it entered SkyTeam in 2011, the airline made changes to its
logo in an attempt to modify its brand image.
A new font was selected for the airline name, and a new method
was assumed for the appearance of the plum blossom logo.
Since its establishment in 1959, the carrier has had numerous
The current uniform was introduced in 2007 in observance of the
airline’s 48th anniversary.
A new uniform is scheduled to begin in September 2014, together
with the launch of the new Boeing 777-300ER.
During its years in operation, China Airlines has used a number of slogans.
The current slogan was introduced in 2006 for the new uniforms and to observe the airline’s 47th anniversary.
China Airlines has used these slogans:
We treasure every encounter (1987-1995)
We blossom everyday (1995-2006)
Journey with a caring smile (since 2006)
China Airlines operates the majority of its flights from Taiwan Taoyuan
International Airport, its main hub near Taipei, Taiwan; here, the airline’s
flight operations are in Terminals 1 and 2.
Both the carrier’s regional and European flights are mainly in Terminal 1.
Its long-haul flights, in particular its flights to the U.S. and Australia, are
mainly in Terminal 2.
China Airlines and its domestic subsidiary Mandarin Airlines additionally
operate a number of flights from Kaohsiung International Airport and
Taipei Songshan Airport.
Outside of Taiwan, the carrier’s focus cities are mainly Suvarnabhumi
Airport (Bangkok), Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong), and
Kansai International Airport (Osaka).
Taiwan’s political status, which generally has restricted access for
Taiwanese flights to Europe and specific Asian countries, affected China
Airlines’ route network during the mid-2000s.
China Airlines used Hong Kong as its interline destination as Taiwanese
carriers had no direct access to China.
In 2008, the carrier began to operate frequent charter flights to China.
After direct travel links were reopened in December 2008, the airline
started recurrently scheduled direct cross-strait operations.
Currently, China Airlines operates flights (this includes pure cargo flights)
to ninety-five airports on four different continents, with a well-advanced
China Airlines has codeshare agreements with these
airlines (fellow SkyTeam members marked with a *):
China Eastern Airlines*
China Southern Airlines*
Delta Air Lines*
Thai Airways International
China Airlines additionally has a codeshare
agreement with Deutsche Bahn.
China Airlines has interline agreements with these airlines:
Fleet: Fleet plans
China Airlines is going through a long-haul fleet renewal process.
In 2008, the airline ordered fourteen Airbus A350-900 aircraft, together with six additional choices.
In 2012, an order for six Boeing 777-300ER and a lease contract with GECAS for four more of the type were approved.
Both the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 777-300ER will replace the airline’s Airbus A340-400 and Boeing 747-400 on international networks.
Starting in 2016, deliveries of the Airbus A350-900 will begin, while those for the Boeing 777-300ER are due to begin in September 2014.
In June 2014, the carrier announced that it would retire all of its Boeing 747-400s; by late 2014, one Boeing 747-400 will be withdrawn from the fleet.
In regards to the narrow-body fleet, China Airlines President Sun Hung-Hsiang announced in October 2013 that the carrier has plans to order twenty
to twenty-five narrow-body aircraft for itself, with an additional eight or more for its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines; two types being considered by the
airline are the Boeing 737MAX and the Airbus A320neo.
China Airlines has also been manufacturing Airbus A330-300s and Boeing 737-800s in order to fulfill short-term demands.
China Airlines cargo is the carrier’s freight division; it operates in
Asia, Europe, and North America.
It operates a fleet of nineteen freighters to thirty-eight
international destinations, apart from exploiting the cargo space
on its passenger aircraft.
China Airlines operates one of the world’s biggest fleets of Boeing
The cargo division was ranked seventh in the freight grouping of
the 2008 World’s Top 25 Airlines by Air Transport World.