China Airlines

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China Airlines (CAL) (Chinese: 中華航空公司 (pinyin: Zhōnghuá Hángkōng gōngsī), commonly abbreviated 華航) (TWSE: 2610) is the flag carrier of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan). The airline is not directly state-owned but is 54% owned by the China Aviation Development Foundation (中華航空事業發展基金會) which is owned by the Republic of China. Unlike other state-owned companies in the Republic of China, the chairperson of China Airlines does not report to the Legislative Yuan.

The airline, with headquarters in and flight operations from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Dayuan Township, Taoyuan County, flies to destinations in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. The airline started scheduled chartered flights between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on July 2008. Most flights serving this market are concentrated at Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing. China Airlines has operated the Hong Kong route since 1967, which is the airline's most profitable market, generating 13.3% of its NT$121.9 billion (US$3.7 billion) revenue in 2006 with over 140 flights flown a week between Taipei, Kaohsiung and Hong Kong.[1]

The airline's main competitor is EVA Air. China Airlines is expected to become a full member of SkyTeam; talks between the airline and the alliance started in 2007.[2] CAL would eventually announce to join SkyTeam on September 4, 2010, with an estimated entry date sometime in 2011.[3]


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