28. 03. 2008 - Czech Airlines Newly Offer a Connection Between Prague and Taipei in Cooperation with China Airlines

Prague, 28 March 2008

Czech Airlines launches another significant cooperation with its new partner, China Airlines, offering the Czech Republic a full-fledged connection between Czech Republic and Taiwan. Since Sunday of 30th March both airlines will commence code-shared cooperation on the Prague – Taipei route, with a transfer in Frankfurt.  This mutual agreement will allow passengers to get a flight from Prague to Taiwan’s capital on a single ticket.

Thanks to this cooperation the airlines’ passengers can now have miles credited in their frequent flyer programme account even for flights flown with the partner airline, and can use reward tickets on all of the scheduled flights of both airlines.  Furthermore, frequent flyer programme members travelling in Business Class and the Gold and Platinum Cards´ holders can use airport lounges in Prague and Taipei.

The first code-shared flight on this new regular route will begin on 30 March 2008 from Taipei to Frankfurt and further to Prague.  From Prague the flight with both Czech Airlines and China Airlines codes will fly for the first time on 31 March to Frankfurt and then further to Taipei. The shared service will regularly depart from Prague at 7:20 in the morning, arriving in Taipei at 6:25 in the next morning Taiwan time.  From Taiwan, it will regularly leave at 11:15 p.m., arriving in Prague at 9:10 a.m. (Sundays) and at 10:30 a.m. (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Fridays) the following day. Passengers will be able to use the service four times a week, i.e.  on  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The passage from Prague to Frankfurt will be provided by Czech Airlines by airplane Airbus A320, the following flight from Frankfurt to Taipei will be then realized by China Airlines by Airbus A340 aircraft.
We in the Czech Airlines deeply appreciate cooperation with the China Airlines, one of the leading Asian carriers. We believe there is huge potential both for business and leisure travel between Taipei and Prague,” said Petr Pištělák, Czech Airlines’ Vice-President for Marketing and Product Development. Mr. Su-Chien Hsieh, Vice-President for Marketing at China Airlines, commented on the cooperation between the airlines: "We trust that code-share cooperation between Czech Airlines and China Airlines will not only offer Taiwanese passengers a good opportunity to get to know the beauties of Prague, but also offer air service that meets the needs of Czech passengers, on their travels to Asia via Taipei."

Code-shared cooperation is always mutually profitable. Offers of both companies are complementary to each other. In code-share cooperation with more than 20 airline companies, Czech Airlines nowadays offer connections to 80 destinations. For passengers, code-shared flights offer such advantages as the ability to book the entire routing of a journey, i.e., several connecting flights with transfers, via a single contact centre.  Of primary significance for Czech Airlines is code-share cooperation on long-haul flights that bring passengers to Prague, as many of them use connecting Czech Airlines flights to take them further into Europe.

China Airlines
China Airlines offers flights to 68 destinations in 25 countries worldwide. In 2006 China Airlines was the 21st biggest airline company in the world and the 8th biggest in Asia. Every week, the airline operates over 450 flights, the vast majority of which are in north-east and south-east Asia, serving as a gate to this interesting region.  Testament to this is the continuously expanding code-share cooperation of China Airlines with other airline carriers in the region.  Presently, China Airlines cooperates with Korean Air, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and with Delta Airlines, Alitalia, and now newly also with Czech Airlines.

China Airlines is also one of the largest air cargo carriers: in 2006, it ranked sixth in the world, and fourth among Asian carriers.
To learn more about China Airlines, visit: www.china-airlines.com

Daniela Hupáková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson


Czech Republic:
Daniela Hupakova
Communications Director & Press Spokesperson
Tel: +420 220 116 220
Fax: +420 220 115 397
E-mail: daniela.hupakova@csa.cz

Mr. Bruce Chen
Corporate Communications & Customer Relations
Tel: +886 2 25145750
Fax: +886 2 25145754
E-mail: peng-yu.chen@china-airlines.com