Later tonight, a China Airlines Boeing B777-300ER carrying Tawian President Tsai Ing-wen will take off from Taipei and fly nonstop to Miami International Airport.
The flight will be the first nonstop passenger trip between Asia and Miami, according to the airport (there actually has been at least one other in the past.) The B777-300ER is one of only a few aircraft in the world capable of flying the 8,628-mile, 16.5-hour route nonstop from Taipei, the airport says.
Aviation officials say that the historic charter flight is “an important step” in efforts to achieve scheduled nonstop passenger flights between Miami and Asia. State and local officials will be in attendance.
Arrival tomorrow is expected around 12:30 PM. Reporters are being invited to photograph the arrival and interview Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.
While in Miami, Tsai will stay at the Fontainebleau hotel and meet a Marlins pitcher of Taiwanese descent. She will depart for Panama on Saturday.