China Airlines unveils Cloud Gate-themed painted aircraft
By Sophia Yang
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-21 06:46 PM

China Airlines (CALs) (2610) presented a new painted Airbus A330-300 aircraft Monday, featuring Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's Cursive-series dance performance. The aircraft sporting vivid and poetic images of dancing Cloud Gate performers will kick off its maiden flight to Rome through New Delhi on July 22. This aircraft will also serve a route between Europe and Asia in the future.

China Airlines chairman Sun Hung-hsiang and Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate jointly unveiled the new painted aircraft in front of hundreds of guests including performers from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Taiwan News Publisher Luis Ko, and Taiwan’s first lady Chow Mei-ching.

Sun said he felt so touched by this new painted aircraft. "Cloud Gate is the pride of Taiwan and it is CALs’ honor to present this painted Cloud Gate aircraft and be seen around the world," said Sun.

Lin said that Cloud Gate has flown to many countries and cities like Frankfurt this year and he finds that taking China Airlines always makes him feel comfortable and like coming back home . "Cloud Gate chose photos of Cursive series dancing art pieces, whose main color tone is in black and white so as to highlight its simplicity, elegance, and poetic ambience among various colorfully-painted aircraft.

Cloud Gate is “Asia's most acclaimed contemporary dance company,” as praised by one of the largest branded media companies Times and is also Taiwan’s first professional dance troupe. Lin often draws his inspiration from traditions and creates works of tremendous beauty with contemporary resonance. His Cursive series, a winner of international prizes, exquisitely expresses the beauty of calligraphic art and is painted on the fuselage of this A330-300 aircraft.

China Airlines so far has launched several exquisitely painted aircraft, including “Love & Hug” by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao, Orchid in partnership with the Council of Agriculture, and an aboriginal-themed aircraft.

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