The maiden flight carried several dignitaries from Taiwan including Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-Bin and his team members, legislators, Administrative Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Chang Chiou-Chien as well as CAL's Chairman Philip Wei and President Huang-Hsiang Sun.
CAL will operate six round-trip flights each week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In the initial stage, CAL will operate the service with Boeing 737-800 aircraft providing 158 seats in economy and business classes.
An Airbus A330-300 plane will be used when Songshan airport completed its reconstruction. To celebrate the new service and express its gratitude to passengers who have given CAL long-term support, all economy class passengers departing from Songshan will receive a 10% discount from Friday (June 18) through June 30.
In addition, as long as tickets do not bear any special restrictions, CAL passengers holding return-trip tickets between Taipei and Shanghai may freely choose to book their seats either to or from Taipei's Songshan or Taoyuan airports, as well as to or from Shanghai's Hongqiao or Pudong airports.
The China Airlines Group, including China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines, flies to 13 destinations in mainland China including Shenyang, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Nanjing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xian and Chengdu.
CAL increases the number of outbound cross-strait flights departing from Songshan, Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung airports from 55 to 76 each week, providing even more convenient and comfortable services for passengers traveling between both sides of the Taiwan Strait.