Direct China Flight Lands in Taiwan

From AFP:

The inaugural flight of the first regular direct service between mainland China and Taiwan in almost six decades has landed at Taoyuan international airport, outside Taipei.

The China Southern Airlines Airbus A330, piloted by airline president Liu Shao-yong, touched down at 8.05am (10.05am AEST) with 100 mainland tourists among 258 passengers after a 100-minute flight from Guangzhou.

“This is a sacred moment. The two sides of the strait are like members in one family. Flying over the strait to Taiwan is like coming home. It feels good,” Liu said after landing.

Several fire engines splashed water over the aircraft when it was on the tarmac in a welcome gesture.

Read also FACTBOX: First regular Taiwan-China flights since 1949 take off from Reuters, Gov’t chiefs on historic flights to China
from The China Post and 1st weekend chartered flight with mainland tourists arrives in Taiwan from Xinhua.

July 4, 2008 1:32 AM
Posted By:
Categories: Taiwan