China Airlines (CAL) is the largest airline in Taiwan headquartered in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Although not directly state-owned, the airline is owned by China Airlines Group, which is owned by the China Aviation Development Foundation (Chinês: 中華航空事業發展基金會; Chinês tradicional: 中華航空事業發展基金會; Pinyin: Zhōnghuá Hángkōngshìyè Fāzhǎn Jījīnhuì), which is in turn owned by the Taiwanese government.
The airline operates flights to four continents including Asia, Europa, North America and Oceania. China Airlines has a strong presence in the Southeast Asia, Sudeste da Ásia, and Northeast Asia. The Hong Kong route is the airline’s most profitable market with hundreds of flights flown a week between Hong Kong and 4 cities in Taiwan, including Taipei (Taoyuan), Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. China Airlines’ wholly owned subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, manages domestic flights regional flights to secondary cities with smaller capacity requirements. China Airlines’ cargo division China Airlines Cargo operates CAL’s dedicated freighter fleet, and manages the cargo-hold capacity in CAL’s passenger aircraft. As the flag carrier for the Republic of China, China Airlines has been affected by disputes over the political status of Taiwan, and under pressure from the People’s Republic of China was barred from flying into a number of countries maintaining diplomatic relations with the PRC. Como um resultado, in the mid-1990s, China Airlines subsidiary Mandarin Airlines took over some of its Sydney and Vancouver international routes. Most of China Airlines’ flights originate out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, its main hub near Taipei, Taiwan.
China Airlines’ first special livery was introduced in 2003 with the design originating from the theme of “Taiwan Touch Your Heart”.
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