Taiwanese carrier, China Airlines will begin maindeck service to Mumbai on 16 November, as the carrier expands into the India-Europe market.
The carrier says the decision was based on anticipations of the strong growth potential of India. “The move will strengthen the role of Taiwan as a network hub for freight between Asia, India and Europe,” the carrier says.
The route will be served by B747-400F freighter aircraft on a schedule of every Wednesday and Saturday. The aircraft will fly from Taipei (TPE) to Mumbai (BOM) before continuing on to Amsterdam (AMS). The return leg will depart from Amsterdam then return to Taipei via Mumbai.
Noting that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai is known as the ‘Western Gateway’ of India which is also complemented by India’s largest seaport, both making it an important transportation and logistics hub.
China Airlines already flies to India on the Taipei-Delhi-Luxembourg route and the introduction of the Taipei-Mumbai-Amsterdam route will be a second route serving India.
“China Airlines is known as one of the leaders in international air cargo thanks to its efforts in tracking cargo trends and sources,” the carrier says.
According to IATA data, China Airlines uplifted 1.512 million tonnes of international air freight in 2018. This was an increase of 3.4 per cent over 2017 and made the airline the 6th largest freight carrier in the world.
China Airlines currently operates 18 B747-400F freighters to 93 freight destinations including 10 freight-only destinations such as Luxembourg, Dubai, as well as Anchorage, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta and Columbus. This amounts to up to 96 freighter services each week on its extensive global network.
The belly cargo holds of B777 and A350 passenger aircraft are also being utilised in conjunction with the freighter fleet’s capacity to optimise transportation between Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Closer cooperation with partner airlines and major international cargo agents is also being pursued by China Airlines as it aims to provide a better quality of air cargo services.