China Airlines launches Taipei-Sanya direct flight
CAL President Sun Huang-hsiang was on board the first flight to Sanya and was welcomed by Chinese officials, airport staffers and the media, the airline said.
Sun said CAL is the first carrier in Taiwan to schedule services to Sanya and that he hopes the itinerary will draw economic and cultural ties closer between the two sides.
According to CAL, two flights — on Tuesday and Saturday — will operate out of Taoyuan International Airport in northern Taiwan each week. Round trip ticket prices start at NT$9,800 (US$336.6) for a 14-day trip.
The CAL uses its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with eight seats in business class and 150 seats in economy class, for the services.
Sanya City, the southernmost city in Hainan Province, is also called the "Hawaii of the East." It is a major trade and transportation hub in southern China.
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