Celebrating the launch of China Airlines’ new route from Osaka Kansai to Tainan in Taiwan were: Sorayan (mascot character of Osaka International Airport); Takahiro Ozeki, General Manager, Aviation Sales & Marketing Department, New Kansai International Airport; Hiroyuki Sumita, Executive Officer, Aviation Sales & Marketing, New Kansai International Airport; Junji Tanaka, VP & Chief Director Kansai Airport, Japan Airlines; Kosei Yamada, Senior Director Administration Kansai Airport, Japan Airlines; Scott Shih, VP China Airlines Japan Branch, China Airlines; Johnson Sun, General Manager Osaka Branch, China Airlines; and Kankun (mascot character of Kansai International Airport).
- China Airlines has launched its second international service from Tainan (TNN) in Taiwan. On 28 October the airline added a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service to Osaka Kansai (KIX) using its 737-800s. The 1,938-kilometre route to Japan is not operated by any other carrier. China Airlines already serves Hong Kong with six weekly flights from Tainan. Tainan Airport’s only other scheduled international service is with China Eastern Airlines to Wuhan. China Airlines already serves Osaka Kansai from Taipei Taoyuan (with 28 weekly flights), Kaohsiung (10 weekly flights) and Taichung (twice-weekly).