Tig­erair Tai­wan’s first flight to Tokyo ar­rives at Narita Air­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The first flight to Tokyo by Tig­erair Tai­wan, a bud­get car­rier joint ven­ture be­tween Tai­wan’s China Air­lines and Sin­ga­pore’s Tiger Air­ways, ar­rived at Narita In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Ja­pan at around 11 a.m. lo­cal time on Thurs­day.

Tig­erair Tai­wan Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Kwan Yue said that with ties be­tween Tai­wan and Ja­pan get­ting closer than ever, the car­rier kicked off ser­vices to Tokyo to tap the grow­ing tourism mar­ket.

Kwan said that as the bud­get car­rier mar­ket in North­east Asia is ex­pected to grow, his com­pany is determined to fur­ther take ad­van­tage of the ex­pan­sion.

The flight took off from Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 7 a.m. Taipei time, car­ry­ing a to­tal of 180 pas­sen­gers, with a load fac­tor of 100 per­cent. The car­rier uses A320 jets on the new route.

To cel­e­brate, Tig­erair Tai­wan pro­vided the pas­sen­gers with gifts con­tain­ing Ja­panese style sweets and wine, while the pas­sen­gers and flight at­ten­dants posed for pic­tures to re­mem­ber the mo­ment.

Tokyo is Tig­erair Tai­wan’s fifth in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion, fol­low­ing Sin­ga­pore, Bangkok, Chi­ang Mai and Ma­cau, since it launched its maiden flight to Sin­ga­pore Sept. 26, 2014.

The bud­get car­rier said that it spent only six months ex­tend­ing its reach to the North­east Asian mar­ket from the Southeast Asian mar­ket.

It of­fers seven round- trip flights be­tween Tai­wan and Tokyo each week.

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