In a major win for Ontario International Airport, China Airlines (Taiwan) has announced that it will begin non-stop service between the airport and its hub in Taipei, Taiwan next spring. This will be Ontario’s first scheduled trans-pacific route, and its third international route.
The route was speculated for months, including last month when Layoverhub wrote about China Airlines formally announcing that it was looking into beginning operations to Ontario. The route will be “the second route to offer direct services between Taiwan and the Greater Los Angeles region of California after China Airlines began flying to Los Angeles in 1971,” according to Nuan-Hsuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines.
Flights will operate four-times weekly during the spring, with an anticipated increase to daily service during the summer high season. Flights will operate with China Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER flagship aircraft, which holds 358 passengers in a three-class configuration, including 40 Premium Business Class seats and 62 Premium Economy Class seats.
“Today’s development is a monumental step in ONT’s evolution toward becoming just the second trans-oceanic gateway airport in the history of Southern California, and equally impressive is that it occurred within a year of the airport’s transition to local control,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority and Mayor pro Tem of the City of Ontario.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to the largest Taiwanese-American population in the United States, whose numbers are strongly centered in the Inland Empire area closeby to Ontario Airport. China Airlines stated in a press release earlier this year that beginning flights to Ontario will allow passengers a choice between flying from Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport, allowing passengers to avoid long commutes to the airport to fly to Taipei.
The Los Angeles-Taipei route is one of the busiest transpacific routes in the world, with five daily flights operated by China Airlines and their main competitor EVA Air. With this sixth daily flight, the LA-Taipei route will become the second busiest transpacific route from the LA region, with only the Los Angeles-Tokyo route having more service.
In addition to Los Angeles, China Airlines currently flies to Honolulu, New York City (SFO) and San Francisco in the United States, as well as Vancouver in Canada.
Featured image by Boeing.