Taiwan to Shikoku; Mileage program; Cathay’s additional flights

Taiwan to Shikoku

Taiwan’s biggest airline, China Airlines, will increase the number of flights between Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture and Taoyuan Airport beginning with its summer schedule, which starts March 30.

Since last March, it has been the only airline connecting Shikoku with Taiwan. Currently, flights between the two destinations are offered twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays.

On the revised schedule, the flights will also be offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Flight CI179 departs from Takamatsu at 7:50 p.m. and arrives at Taoyuan at 9:30 p.m. And flight CI178 departs from Taoyuan at 3:15 p.m. and arrives at Takamatsu at 6:50 p.m.

For more information, visit www.china-airlines.com/en.

Mileage program

American Airlines Group Inc. announced last week that frequent fliers on American Airlines and US Airways can now enjoy some of the benefits of both airlines’ mileage programs.

The two airlines completed their merger in December and retained the American name for the new company. The company’s expanded network can now take people to nearly 330 global destinations.

While members of American’s AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles will eventually belong to one program, there will be an implementation delay. This is the first step in an integration process that will last months.

“Our customers are ready to reap the benefits of our merger, and we are pleased they’ll get to experience these perks they value most so early in the integration process,” American Airlines President Scott Kirby said.

New perks include allowing customers to earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline network, while travel on eligible tickets on both airlines will count toward qualification for elite status in the customer’s program of choice. Meanwhile, airport and web check-in time frames will be aligned for both airlines.

For more information, visit www.aa.com .

Cathay’s added flights

Cathay Pacific starting from Feb. 16 is adding a fourth daily nonstop flight between Hong Kong and Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka on Boeing 747-400 aircraft, from February 16.

The new service, flight CX561, leaves Kansai International Airport at 7:20 p.m. and arrives in Hong Kong at 10:40 p.m.

Flight CX562 departs Hong Kong at 7:50 a.m. and arrives at KIX at 12:15 p.m.

The additional flights will allow customers from Hong Kong to stay longer in the Osaka area, while allowing travelers from the Kansai region to enjoy more convenient chances to transfer smoothly to other destinations.

Overall scheduled flights will increase to five daily, including one daily service via Taipei Taoyuan.

For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.co.jp .