China Airlines to Sell Tickets Without Free Checked Lugagge Allowance
China Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will start selling Taoyuan-Tokyo tickets with no free checked baggage allowance, according to Focus Taiwan.
The ticket sales will start on Wednesday (May 25) at 10 in the morning. This new policy currently applies to routes between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Tokyo Narita International Airport from July 9 onwards.
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The Taiwan-based company is hoping to attract travelers looking to save money with this type of ticket. The airline will offer in-flight meals and entertainment free of charge.
However, for those not traveling light, passengers may purchase luggage allowance online for 197 yuan ($30) per 20 kilograms. Availing of baggage allowance can no longer be done over the counter.
China Airlines said that a limited promotion economy class fare will start at 1,023 yuan ($155.99) without tax. To compare, a return economy class ticket following a seven-day trip from July 9 costs about 2,761 yuan ($421) - inclusive of a combined tax and fee of 256 yuan ($39).
The carrier is aggressive with its marketing strategy as it is running the Taoyuan-Narita route with ten other rival airlines including four budget airlines, namely, Tigerair Taiwan, Jetstar Japan, Scoot and Vanilla Air.
Together, all 11 airline companies offer up to 20 round-trip flights everyday between Taoyuan and Narita, including three flights operated by China Airlines and eight by the budget carriers, which charge passengers extra fees such as baggage allowance, in-flight entertainment, and seat selection.
Just last week, China Airlines and Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first co-branded 777 in the world at an event in the US. China Airlines now manages a fleet of 10 777-300ERs and continues to support long-haul flights to North America and Europe.