TAIPEI, Taiwan – EVA Air and its regional subsidiary, UNI Air, are adding three new gateways to their far-reaching network of destinations in China, giving business travellers faster, easier access to regions of the vast nation from Taipei. EVA will introduce scheduled flights to Zhengzhou on December 10, 2010 and UNI Air will start flying to Ningbo on December 20, 2010. EVA will also be initiating weekly charter flights to Jinan from December 18, 2010. Passengers can book flights through travel agents, by calling an EVA Air ticket office or on the airline’s website at www.evaair.com.
EVA is starting with two flights per week to Zhengzhou and one weekly charter to Jinan from Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport. UNI’s weekly service to Ningbo is from Taichung in Taiwan’s thriving west central region. EVA will deploy Airbus 330-200s on its Zhengzhou and Jinan routes, configured for 24 passengers in the Premium Laurel Class business cabin and 228 in Economy.
The capital of Henan province, Zhengzhou, is a fast-growing economic centre south of Beijing, located on the southern bank of the Yellow River. It is also an ancient city and known for its Lu Cai or Shandong Cuisine, one of China’s eight distinctive geographic food styles. Home to more than 400 Taiwan-owned factories, Zhengzhou’s economic and cultural resources attract a steady stream of business.
Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province, known as the ‘City of Springs’; it is south of Beijing on the Yellow River. The seaport city of Ningbo is south of both Shanghai and Hangzhou Bay on the East China Sea. A political, economic, technological and educational hub, Ningbo was an important destination on the Silk Road 2,000 years ago and established as a Portuguese community before Macau. EVA is the first Taiwan-based airline to fly to Jinan. The regular charter service will be transformed into scheduled flights as market demand and the load factor grow.
The launch of the Zhengzhou, Jinan and Ningbo services give EVA and UNI a combined total of 17 destinations in China linked to Taiwan by 27 routes with 77 weekly flights. Adding to the service code-shared with Air China, Shenzhen Air and Shandong Air, EVA and UNI come close to doubling frequency and bringing the weekly total to 119 flights.