On September 29, 2017 we hosted the Press Conference and signing of the MOU between China Airlines and the Ontario International Airport. This was a significant achievement for our airport – the first trans-oceanic air service!
Non-stop flights between Taipei (TPE) and Ontario (ONT), California, will commence in Spring 2018 with four weekly services flown by Boeing 777-300ERs. Travelers now have a new option when traveling to and from California with China Airlines. Apart from the time savings on local transportation, customs and luggage waiting time, they will also be closer to the popular tourism attractions. Traffic demand between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. is forecast to grow by 6.1% per year so the new route has strong potential and should foster closer ties between Taiwan and the U.S.
China Airlines Chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho and Ontario International Airport President Alan Wapner took part in a signing ceremony. Chairman Ho said that China Airlines is the first Asian carrier to introduce regular services to Ontario. This will also be the second route to offer non-stop services between Taiwan and the Greater Los Angeles region of California after China Airlines began flying to Los Angeles in 1971. Flight frequency will be increased to one flight a day during peak season depending on market demand.
Afterwards a celebration dinner at Ontario Convention Center was enjoyed by the dignitaries. Thank goodness our experienced and well educated team at Ontario Convention Center knew the culture and paid detailed attention to formal customs that resulted in our guests feeling welcomed. A beautiful room was set in appropriate colors, the food was a fabulous combination of American and Chinese, and the gifts were selected with care. The dignitaries from China Airlines said they felt welcomed in a manner that assures them visitors will be greeted and treated well.