Big smiles all round yesterday for the top brass at China Airlines who were out in force to celebrate only their fifth route launch in Europe.
The Taiwanese flag carrier began flying to London Heathrow on Sunday 28th March. It becomes the only carrier to fly non-stop between the UK and Taiwan giving EVA Air a run for its money. EVA currently flies between the two countries via either Bangkok or Hong Kong.
I got the chance to interview China Airlines chairman Philip Wei (below), who talked about its fleet plans - which don't include the Airbus A380 or 747-8 for the time being - and how he is surprised at the pace of the traffic recovery the airline is seeing.
CAL's launch party for the route was at Altitude 360 which is 29 floors up Millbank Tower overlooking the Tate Gallery on the north bank of the Thames.
The airline's flight crew loved the view!