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That’s right — you’ll soon be able to fly nonstop from Ontario, California (ONT), to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) via China Airlines.
The Taiwanese carrier has rescheduled its daily service between the 2 cities after first suspending it with the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
“This exciting development is a testament to the demand for long-haul international travel from the Inland Empire and the exceptional service provided by our global gateway,” said Atif Elkadi, CEO at Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).
Here are the details about Ontario’s exciting new service to Taiwan, which will launch on March 26, 2023.
Fly Nonstop From Ontario to Taipei With China Airlines
A nonstop route between Ontario, California, and the Taiwanese capital of Taiwan may not have been the route you were expecting to hear about today.
However, due to Taiwanese diaspora in the area, China Airlines expects sufficient demand to resume its nonstop service, serving those living in and around San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
The flight times for the service are as follows:
- Depart Taipei (TPE) 9:10 p.m. — Arrive Ontario (ONT) 6:05 p.m.
- Depart Ontario (ONT) 12:10 a.m. — Arrive Taipei (TPE) 5:10 a.m. (+1)
When the service from Ontario to Taiwan takes to skies again at the end of the month, it will join San Salvador, El Salvador and Guadalajara, Mexico, as the third international destination available from the Southern Californian airport.
Rather than the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 that used to operate the route, China Airlines has decided to deploy its larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which has the capacity to carry 52 more passengers than the former.
The jets comprise 40 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 62 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, and a tightly-configured 3-4-3 economy class cabin with 256 seats.
For the most part, travel has taken longer to rebound in Asia than the rest of the world. Accordingly, we’re seeing Asian-based carriers like China Airlines still piecing together their international route networks.
The cheapest economy round-trip fare we’re seeing starts at $1,129 this fall, which is only a few dollars more expensive than the alternative, nonstop China Airlines route to Taipei from nearby Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Hot Tip: Crossing the Pacific can be notoriously expensive — even in economy! However, thankfully, there are many ways to fly to Taiwan using points and miles.
Nonstop service to Taipei is coming back to Ontario, California, starting March 26, 2023. It’s great to see smaller airports such as Ontario getting interest from major international carriers like China Airlines!
Featured Image Credit: Daniel Ross
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