China Airlines to expand Vietnam flight capacity Friday

05/15/2014 04:50 PM

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, said Thursday that it will use larger aircraft on its scheduled Taiwan-Vietnam route the following day to meet increasing demand for flights out of the Southeast Asian country, where anti-Chinese riots erupted two days ago.

CAL said it will use a Boeing 747 instead of an Airbus A330 on its CI781/782 flights, offering an additional 68 seats.

Its CI783/784 flights will use an Airbus A330 instead of an Airbus A340 so that up to 31 more passengers than usual can be carried, the airline said.

The two flights could transport a total of 682 passengers, according to CAL, adding that current flight operations between Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City remain smooth.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/J

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