China Airlines has resumed its non-stop service from Taiwan to the UK following a five-year gap.
The first flight from the four-times-a-week service touched down at Gatwick on Friday afternoon following a 13-hour flight.
The flight is the only direct one between the UK and Taiwan and the route will be operated five times a week from March next year.
China Airlines chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho said: “We’re delighted to be back in the UK this year, with the inaugural flight marking the ease of travel between the UK and Taiwan.”
“As the only non-stop service between the two countries, we want to highlight to travellers the benefits to travelling to Taipei, for business or leisure purposes.
“In addition, our extensive route network offers destinations throughout Asia and onward to Australia for British travellers to enjoy.”
Gatwick chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson added: “We are thrilled to welcome the arrival of China Airlines to London’s Gatwick airport.
“Today represents the strengthening of the relationship between the UK and Taiwan and our commitment to investing in bringing accessible travel to even more British customers.”