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China Airlines and Alitalia Add Flight to Codeshare Route

Travel News Asia 24 November 2003

China Airlines and Alitalia inaugurated their code-share cooperation on the Taipei-Bangkok-Rome route on October 27 - and due to the strong increase in demand, the two carriers have now added a fourth weekly flight on this route which commenced November 22.

According to the cooperation model between China Airlines and Alitalia, China Airlines operates the flights, and Alitalia places the code AZ7681/7680 on China Airlines flight CI067/068. The cooperation allows Alitalia to expand its network, and gain entry into the Taiwan market. At the same time, China Airlines is able to serve more European passengers who are visiting Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The codeshare service was initially launched on 3 weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and has now increased to 4 flights per week with the added flight every Thursday.

China Airlines has prepared extensively for the new code-share cooperation. Airports in Taipei, Bangkok and Rome now display both China Airlines and Alitalia codes on these flights. In order to welcome more Italian passengers, additional Italian in-flight announcements, magazines, newspapers, movies, and evacuation videos have been added to the passenger cabins, and Alitalias in-flight magazine is also available on board.

Italian wine and cuisine are being served, and an Italian version of the menu is being provided to passengers in First and Business classes. China Airlines said it also plans to recruit Italian-speaking flight attendants for these codeshare flights.

China Airlines currently has codeshare cooperations with Delta Air Lines, Alitalia, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia. The newly added flight on the Taipei/Bangkok/Rome route will provide more flexibility and convenience for the passengers.

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