(30 Nov 2021)
 
China Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus
A321neo aircraft on Monday.

The brand new A321neo has
180 seats in a two class configuration, with 12 seats in Premium
Business Class and 168 seats in Economy Class.

The single aisle
aircraft is the first to feature fully-flat Premium Business Class
seats that were originally developed for widebody passenger
aircraft.

The aircraft also features
smart link support that enables
passengers to connect to the in-flight entertainment system
via their personal mobile phone and Bluetooth headphones.

China Airlines’ brand new A321neo features fully-flat Premium Business Class seats that were originally developed for widebody passenger aircraft

The 15.6” and 13.3” 4K high-resolution, extra-large
displays in Premium Business and Economy Class offer
picture-in-picture multi-processing functionality so that
passengers can access the flight map, catering and other services
at the same time.

High-speed in-flight Wi-Fi service is also
provided onboard the aircraft. Free text messaging is available
for the following 7 apps: Line, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Apple
iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber and Line2.

Other
internet access options that passengers can pay for via credit
card or redeem in full with their membership miles include
streaming multimedia, browsing the web and catching up on their
favorite shows via their personal mobile devices while in-flight.

Non-Dynasty members can also join the “Dynasty Flyer Program”
through the dedicated sign-up page onboard the aircraft.

Thoughtful touches in the lavatory include contactless,
sensor-activated taps to reduce the risk of cross-infection, while
in the cabin the HEPA high-efficiency air filtration system replaces the
air every 2 to 3 minutes to ensure a clean and
safe trip.

Cargo, SAF and Regional Routes

The Cargo Loading System specified for the belly
hold of the A321neo uses pallet containers for more efficient
cargo handling, shorter transit stops, as well as to protect cargo
and passenger luggage.

The system means large cargo can be
carried and handled easily. The belly hold can be configured for
bulk cargo as well for greater flexibility depending on local
airport requirements.

The new A321neo aircraft is expected to
provide 10 to 20% more cargo capacity and provide a valuable boost
to China Airlines’ current emphasis on cargo operations.

China Airlines arranged for its new aircraft to use
sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on the ferry flight back to
Taiwan.

Once in Taiwan, the new
A321neo aircraft will first go through the preparation and
certification process before being
progressively introduced on Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and
Cross-strait routes. The Airbus A321neo
is expected to become China Airlines’ mainstay on
regional routes.

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