Emirates To Foray Into Taiwan

Emirates will become the first Gulf carrier to serve Taiwan when it launches flights to Taipei in February 2014. The Dubai-based airline revealed plans for a 6 times weekly service, operating daily except on Fridays, using a 3-class Boeing 777-300ER configured with 8 First Class suites, 42 Business and 304 Economy Class seats.

The provisional schedules will see flight EK 366 depart Dubai at 0425 hrs (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) / 0225 hrs (Wednesdays) / 0020 hrs (Saturdays) and 0340 hrs (Sundays), arriving into Taipei at 1615 hrs (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) / 1430 hrs (Wednesdays) / 1205 hrs (Saturdays) and 1525 hrs (Sundays). The return flight, EK 367, takes off from Taoyuan International Airport at 2315 hrs and lands back at Dubai International Airport the following morning at 0510 hrs.

The differing flight times for the outbound flight are likely to be a consequence of slot restrictions and aircraft rotation and it is expected that Emirates will look to resolve this issue to boost the attractiveness and potential of the service. With a comprehensive network in Africa and Europe, the airline is well-poised to connect both regions with Taiwan, which has traditionally been difficult for travellers to access in comparison to China and Hong Kong.

Emirates’ decision to serve Taipei will be closely watched by its Gulf rivals (namely Etihad and Qatar Airways), who will undoubtedly be looking at the city as they continue expanding east. Asia’s incumbent airlines will also be monitoring developments closely to protect their market positions against the new entrants.

For more information, visit www.emirates.com.

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