SEPANG – Passenger movement from Taiwan is set to grow further as China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest airline, has commenced a new service from Kaohsiung effective today.

From now, China Airlines will be flying twice on the Kaohsiung-Kuala Lumpur route every Wednesday and Saturday, utilizing the B737-800 aircraft with 158 seats configuration. The flight duration from Kaohsiung to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes. Currently, China Airlines is operating daily flights between Taipei and Kuala Lumpur and the Kaohsiung-Kuala Lumpur service is therefore the second route operated by the airline.

Located in southwestern Taiwan, Kaohsiung, the biggest city in southern Taiwan, has varied terrain features, bountiful natural resources, and diverse ethnic cultures. Kaohsiung used to be a heavy industrial city based on steel and petrochemicals. However, in recent years, the Kaohsiung City Government has managed to transform its heavy industrial city image into a tourism-oriented city with its history, culture, and natural resources.  Meanwhile, Malaysia has also become an attractive destination for Taiwanese visitors with the waiver of visa requirement by the Malaysian Government since March 2011.

Y.Bhg. Dato’ Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airports said, “Malaysia Airports welcomes China Airlines new service from Kaohsiung, which will increase connectivity for KLIA. The tourism attraction and business opportunities in both countries will certainly ensure the success of this new flight, and we wish China Airlines all the best on this new route.”

He added, ““Malaysia Airports have and will continue to collaborate with the Government to ensure that we maximise the effectiveness of our marketing initiatives to attract new airlines and establish new routes. Malaysia Airports thrives to acquire more new airlines and encourage existing airlines to mount additional frequency or introduce new route, as it will provide the passengers greater options and connectivity.”

In today’s welcome reception to commemorate China Airlines new route, Dato’ Abdul Hamid was joined by other senior management of Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia in greeting and presenting souvenirs to arriving passengers of Flight CI723 from Kaohsiung, including Y. Bhg. Datuk Yong Teck Shin, President of Malaysian Friendship And Trade Centre, Taipei and Mr. Harun Pilus, Director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Taipei. The welcome reception is a tradition for Malaysia Airports in showing its gratitude and appreciation to new airlines’ inaugural flight or existing airlines’ commencing new service. The effort was supported by Tourism Malaysia who demonstrated its hospitality by providing goody bags to arriving passengers on this inaugural flight.

China Airlines has consistently been Taiwan's largest airline company and one of Asia's leading carriers since its 1959 founding. China Airlines has recently joined SkyTeam and has become the 15th member of the alliance. China Airlines is based out of Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), which boasts convenient high-speed rail and freeway connections to all major business and industrial hubs in Taiwan, an economic powerhouse known around the world as the "Island of Technology."

As of the end of June 2011, China Airlines operates 68 aircrafts, including 49 passenger jets and 19 freighters. China Airlines fleet consists of the world's most advanced aircraft, with average age of just 8.3 years. China Airlines currently serves 98 destinations in 29 countries and regions worldwide, connecting Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and offering superb, comfortable and safe service