(By Lucky Malicay)
Beginning spring next year, China Airlines (CA) will fly nonstop from Taiwan to Ontario in California using Boeing 777-300ERs.
The new route is expected to improve ties between Taiwan and the United States as traffic demand between the U.S. and Asia-Pacific counties is forecast to grow by 6.1 percent per year.
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The agreement on the new route, signed by China Airlines Chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho and Ontario International Airport President Alan Wapner in California on September 29, will make CA the first Asian carrier to fly regular services to Ontario.
China Airlines began flying to California in 1971 via Los Angeles and the Ontario route will be the second non-stop service between Taiwan and the Greater Los Angeles area. This will increase flight frequency to one flight a day.
With Ontario Airport being near the eastern Greater Los Angeles area, the new route will be important as it will cater to Chinese-speaking communities in regions such as Whittier, Hacienda Heights, and Rowland Heights.
The route is also closer to San Diego’s popular tourism destinations.