MIA gets first non-stop Asian passenger flight

Miami International Airport has hit another mark on its quest to have regular non-stop service to Asia.

Republic of China (Taiwan) President Tsai Ing-wen landed at Miami International Airport on June 24 after a 16.5-hour, 8,628-mile nonstop charter. While MIA has regular cargo service to Asia, the president’s trip was hailed as the first nonstop passenger trip from Asia to MIA.

The China Airlines flight was on a Boeing B777-300ER, one of the few aircraft with the range to make the trip. Tsai made a stop on her way to the grand opening of the Panama Canal.

“Her historic trip provides the latest example of the demand for nonstop service between MIA and Asia,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director (MDAD) Emilio T. González said in a news release. “As the busiest gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, we continue to attract growing interest from a number of Asian carriers, and we look forward to securing scheduled service in the near future. I was able to discuss this opportunity with President Tsai during her visit, and she was supportive of our efforts.”

Earlier in the month, González met with high-level executives from 11 leading airlines, including Asian carriers China Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines, to discuss starting or expanding air service to Miami.

The MIA Asia Task Force has conducted a survey that found 86 local organizations generate more than $20 million in travel to Asia annually; a majority of the respondents conduct business activity in Asia and travel to Asia regularly; and most of the respondents would use nonstop service to Asia.

Click here to read a February SFBW profile of González and development at MIA.

Miami-Dade Aviation Director (MDAD) Emilio T. González greets Taiwan’s president
The Boeing B777-300ER is one of the few jets with the range to fly from Miami to Asia non-stop. News reports indicate it can fly 9,100 miles.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr., Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Alina T. Hudak, President Tsai and Director González

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.