First Flight between china and Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) – The first direct commercial flight from mainland China to Taiwan more than fifty years took off Saturday in Beijing.

The Boeing 737 of Air China, with 300 passengers on board, most Taiwanese businessmen, is one of the 48 direct flights between China and Taiwan over which Beijing and Taipei had agreed to the Lunar New Year holiday.

Other flights must depart from Shanghai and Guangzhou (south) on Saturday.

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