Dubai carrier to fly to Taipei
Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has announced that it will begin offering direct flights next year between Taipei and Dubai to vie for Taiwanese using the United Arab Emirates as a transit stop to Europe. The service will begin on Feb. 10, with initially six non-stop flights per week using 777-300ER passenger aircraft, the carrier said. While it has operated freighter service to Taipei since 2003, Emirates Airlines said it is hoping to provide more flight options for Taiwanese with its more than 134 destinations in 76 countries around the world. “Given [Taipei’s] status as a global trading hub and the demand, it is a natural progression for Emirates to launch passenger services to Taipei,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president commercial operations east.
Flat panel demand tumbles
Quoted prices for large-sized flat panels in the second half of this month continued to tumble as TV screen sales proved slower than expected, a research report said on Saturday. The DisplaySearch report said prices were being pushed down by large inventory caused by weak demand. Prices for large-sized panels, used in TVs and computers, fell by between 2 percent and 4 percent over the second half of the month, while prices of larger TV screens fell by about 4 percent, it said. DisplaySearch’s findings were echoed by WitsView, which found quoted prices for TV screens have fallen an average of between 3 percent and 4 percent per month since the beginning of the third quarter because China ended a year-long subsidy on energy-efficient home electronics on May 31. China is planning next month to announce another round of subsidies on home alliance purchases which will take effect in January next year.