In a recent statement, China Airlines announced that its new Kaohsiung-Manila services will start on 1st October 2008. The airline has decided to offer a daily services on this route. As part of this new launch, Flight CI 637 will depart from Kaohsiung at 09:05, and will arrive in Manila at 10:45. The return flight CI 638 has been scheduled to take off at 11:45 and will arrive in Kaohsiung at 13:25. It is important to note that the new schedule offers more frequencies and added convenience for passengers travelling from southern Taiwan.
The airline is to deploy an Embraer E190 jet in this route. Notably, China Airlines has leased this aircraft from its subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines. Most notably, the said aircraft has been configured into two classes. There are 8 seats in the Premium Economy Class and 88 seats in the Economy Class. It is further interesting to note that the E190 jets are high-tech, medium-range jet airliners manufactured in Brazil, which Mandarin Airlines began to introduce into its fleet in June 2007.
At the outset, the present move by the airline forms part of the new round of capacity redeployment attempted by the CAL group in the said region. Also, it is very important to note that CAL is continuously enhancing the range and portfolio of its products and services as part of its commitment to serve more number of passengers in the southern Taiwan region.