Direct China flight lands in Taiwan
The inaugural flight of the first regular direct service between mainland China and Taiwan in almost six decades landed at Taoyuan international airport in Taipei on Friday.
The China Southern Airlines Airbus A330, piloted by airline president Liu Shao-yong, touched down at 8:05 am (local time) with 100 mainland tourists among 258 passengers after a 100-minute flight from Guangzhou.
"This is a sacred moment. The two sides of the strait are like members in one family. Flying over the strait to Taiwan is like coming home. It feels good," Liu said after landing.
Several fire engines splashed water over the aircraft when it was on the tarmac in a welcome gesture.
"We were lucky to be on the plane since many people were fighting for seats on the inaugural flight," said Wang Yu, a Chinese businessman from Zhuhai in southern China.
Wang, in his 40s, said he would take his wife to noted scenic spots like the National Palace Museum, Mountain Ali and Sun Moon Lake.
Taiwanese businessman Tsai Chang-lung and his wife also took the flight.
"It is my wife's gift for me for my 50th birthday.