Top-flight dining

China Airlines has partnered with The Okura Prestige Taipei, a five-star hotel, and for a year from Oct. 1 will be offering authentic Japanese in-flight cuisine.

This latest collaboration further adds to their diverse selection of in-flight meals, which currently range from traditional Chinese and Western dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chefs to traditional Taiwanese cuisine.

The Japanese meals are available for business class passengers traveling to Taipei Songshan or Taoyuan from Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo, and Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

The menu was created by China Pacific Catering Services Head Chef Ming-Che Lee and Okura Prestige Hotel Executive Chef Mori Rinnosuke.

The meal includes appetizers of fried abalone with ginger, prawns with soy sauce and Japanese pepper buds, served with stewed vegetables, tofu, and chicken. The two entrees, braised beef with miso sauce and grilled salmon with Saikyo Miso, complement each other delightfully.

San Francisco flights

To commemorate the launch of its nonstop flight between Haneda and San Francisco on Oct. 28, United Airlines will be awarding return economy-seat tickets on the new route to a pair of lucky winners every month until December.

The flight will depart Haneda airport at 1 a.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 6:10 p.m. the previous day. On the return, Flight UA875 will depart San Francisco at 7:15 p.m. and arrive at Haneda at 10:45 p.m. the following day.

To apply, participants only have to access web.unitedair.jp/haneda/ (in Japanese) and select up to three activities that they would like to do in both countries with this opportunity.

The campaign closes at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of each month from October to December.

Every month, United will change the list of things to do Participants are allowed to participate multiple times but are limited to one entry per month.

Customers can use the San Francisco hub to connect to more than 20 cities throughout North America and beyond. Meanwhile, United’s joint-venture partner ANA provides connections to other domestic destinations in Japan.

Further access to Africa

Ethiopian Airlines and ANA have announced the signing of a code-share agreement, which connects Japan to 49 destinations in Africa.

Starting on Oct. 26, customers are now able to fly on daily ANA-operated flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris or London and connect to flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia or Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.

The new partnership will provide more route options to passengers heading to Africa from Japan.

Both carriers are members of Star Alliance and passengers will continue to be able to earn and redeem miles on all flights.

Ethiopian Airlines is also planning to offer a direct flight between Addis Ababa and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport starting from next April 21.

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