Taipei--Taiwan's flag carrier China Airlines' (CAL) second Airbus A350, decorated with the Formosan blue magpie logo, made its maiden voyage from Taiwan to Vancouver on Tuesday.
The new route added one more destination to the company's network of A350 flights in North America, which also include Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
CAL has ordered a fleet of 14 A350s, seven of which have been delivered, with the remaining aircraft scheduled to be completed by 2018.
CAL has also taken delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs to upgrade its fleet and expand its passenger carrying capacity.
The fuselage of CAL's first A350 is adorned with an image of the Mikado pheasant, a species indigenous to Taiwan, while the Formosan blue magpie, also an endemic species, is featured on the second jet, the carrier said.
The Formosan blue magpie was picked as Taiwan's national bird in a 2007 national bird campaign held by the International Taiwan Birding Association, in which members of the pubic voted online.
The bird-themed logo for CAL's Airbus A350 aircraft seeks to boost Taiwan's international profile, according to the company.
Meanwhile, CAL said it will launch a new A350 service between Taipei and Honolulu on Oct. 29.
The company also plans to begin flying the A350 on its Taipei-London and Taipei-Sydney routes on Dec. 1 to expand the range of services available to travelers, according to the airline.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel