The China Post staff
The world’s second largest air carrier, American Airlines, will begin its first direct route from the U.S. to Taiwan on April 3.
Set to capitalize on the increase in business links with Silicon Valley, American has opted to connect Taipei with San Jose, California, rather than fly to the larger metropolises of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Taiwan will become only the second country in Asia, after Japan, that will serve as a destination for the carrier, opting for the island over Hong Kong, Shanghai or Seoul. Executives at American said the reason was not only the strong ties, both in business and family, between the U.S. and Taiwan, but the strong ties the airline has with Taiwan’s EVA Airways, as well. American has operated a code-sharing business with EVA on flights to Taiwan, placing passengers on the carrier, and EVA will code-share on American’s new route as well. Boeing’s 777-300 aircraft will be used on the route, offering 16 first class seats, 56 business seats, and 163 seats in economy.