China Airlines plans Taipei-Weihai service
By Kathryn Chiu, The China Post
December 31, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China airlines (CAL, 中華航空) will launch a scheduled service between Taipei Taoyuan airport and Weihai, in mainland China, which will operate every Friday starting on Jan. 17.
CAL yesterday held a news conference to announce the three-week trial operation of the Taipei-Weihai flight. CAL General Manager Samuel P. Lin (林鵬良) and Weihai City Deputy Mayor Tang Guang-yun (湯光運) both paid visits to the event.
CAL is set to officially launch the scheduled weekly flight with eight business-class seats and 150 economy-class seats.
CAL said in a statement that it will serve 2009 Les Bells Collines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, whose mixer and proprietor is Taiwanese-American David Pan (潘大鈞), with meal boxes of ginger-and-liquor chicken in casserole or kimchi pork with pineapple cake as the after-meal desert.
Each passenger on the maiden flight will receive a mug embossed with CAL's plum flower blossom logo.
Since Weihai was approved to be the Straits Exchange Base in 2011, economic, trade and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the city and Taiwan became routine.
Over 20,000 tourists from Taiwan visited the city this year, up by 3.2 percent over the same period last year. The number of people from Weihai touring Taiwan topped 1,350.