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Old October 12th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #481
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Taiwan to invest $8.6 billion for upgrading busiest airport
30 September 2010
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TAIPEI-- Taiwan's government plans to invest nearly $9 billion to upgrade its busiest international airport, as improving relations with China and an expected surge in cross-strait traffic push the island to make much-needed renovations after years of neglect.

Yeh Kuang-shih, deputy minister of Transportation and Communications, said in an interview that the government intends to invest 270 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$8.6 billion) and add a third runway and terminal at Taoyuan International Airport.

Cross-strait flights will be key to increasing air traffic to Taiwan by helping to "make Taipei into a transfer hub for China and Southeast Asia to other places across the world," he said.

Political and media criticism of Taoyuan, one of two airports that serve Taipei, has intensified this year following a spate of mishaps, including bathroom and roof leaks, a collapsed boarding bridge and a near-collision on the ground between a passenger and cargo jet.

It has slid down the airport service rankings of the Airports Council International, and passengers rated it last in a survey of the island's 10 major passenger airports conducted by Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration this year.

"These new plans are very important for our international competitiveness," Mr. Yeh said. "Taiwan is an island, so it is crucial we use the airport to drive Taiwan's economy."

The plans include the construction of a third terminal, a third 4,000-meter runway to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380, and a direct-rail link to Taipei, Mr. Yeh said. Construction has already begun on the rail link.

Beyond updating antiquated facilities, the improvements will enable the airport to handle the increasing number of passengers who travel through the airport, Mr. Yeh said.

"The government hasn't taken care of the airport for close to 20 years," he said. "There's been no new investment, so it's not surprising these sorts of things occur. That's why it's so important we undertake this sort of big project."

He said Taoyuan's passenger volume will likely hit a high of around 25 million this year, up some 16% from 21.6 million last year, partly because of agreements between Taiwan and China last year to allow cross-strait flights. Passenger volume at Taoyuan could reach 40 million to 50 million by 2030, he said.

The government will hold an international competition next year for the design of terminal three, which is slated to be completed in six years at a cost of about NT$80 billion, Mr. Yeh said.

Mr. Yeh also said Taiwan is unlikely to change the number of mainland tourists allowed to visit the island for now, despite local media reports citing the hope of Zheng Lizhong, the deputy chairman of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, that the quota be raised from 3,000 tourists per day.

"Right now we want the quality of the visits to remain high, so we are looking to increase the number of business visitors and solo travelers who tend to stay longer and not travel in tour groups," he said. "We want people to spend several days in Taipei, go to coffee houses, see the local culture, not just spend all of their time in tour groups going from spot to spot."

He said the new airport facilities wouldn't specifically attract tourists, but they could help increase tourism to Taiwan.

"If you have good terminals, more airlines will come in and you will be able to build a network. As it becomes more convenient to come to Taiwan, you will naturally bring in more tourists," Mr. Yeh said.
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Gov't urged to punish Taoyuan Airport officials
19 October 2010
The China Post

Lawmakers yesterday called for the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to conduct a thorough “physical checkup” on the software, hardware and personnel systems of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and determine the punishments for those liable for any problems within one week.

The call came in the form of a motion raised by Lawmaker Yeh I-chin of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and endorsed by both opposition and ruling lawmakers at the transportation committee of the Legislative Yuan.

Yeh said that over the past three months, the Taoyuan International Airport has witnessed as many as nine major undesirable “incidents,” including leaking roofs, broken luggage trolleys, the collapse of an air bridge, poor discipline of staffers at the Central Control Center, blockages of the parking lot at the Terminal 1, leaking of a toilet pipe that left the airport's Terminal 2 flooded and stinking for several hours, and the recent malfunction of the automatic luggage handling system.

“All these problems are really ridiculous, constituting a loss of face for our country,” Yeh said.

Lawmaker Chen Gen-de of the ruling Kuomintang echoed Yeh's remarks, saying that the problems didn not emerge overnight but resulted from long-standing airport management problems. Chen said it's imperative for the MOTC to invite experts to carry out an overall examination of all the hardware systems to prevent recurrence of air bridge collapse or malfunction of the carousel systems, among other problems.

The KMT lawmaker said that once the depreciation period for any airport facilities expires, then replacement of the facilities should be done soon. “The government cannot delay the replacement for the sake of saving money,” Chen stressed.

In response Transportation and Communications Minister Mao Chih-kuo said at the transportation committee session that the MOTC has conducted a systematic review of the operations, software and hardware of the Taoyuan Airport, and has listed over 100 shortcomings that will be tackled in a systematic way.

Mao continued that after the Taoyuan International Airport Corp. is inaugurated on Nov. 1, the company will conduct a new round of thorough examination on the airport, and will fix all the shortcomings within a period of three years.

After the improvements are completed three years later, Mao said confidently that the Taoyuan International Airport will rank among the world's top 10 airports.

Also yesterday, lawmakers also blasted the MOTC for failing to bring down the passenger fares for hot direct flight routes across the Taiwan Straits.

In response, Minister Mao said that it's reasonable for the direct flight fares to be higher than the fares for indirect passenger flights.

Although the MOTC has asked domestic airline firms operating direct flights across the Taiwan Straits to cut ticket prices to under NT$10,000 for some routes, lawmakers lamented that the “cheaper tickets” can hardly be purchased.

Mao responded by saying that his ministry will instruct domestic airline firms to sell at least 20 percent of the “cheaper tickets” via the Internet, so as to allow local people to purchase such tickets more easily.
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Sichuan Airlines Launches Non-stop Chengdu-Taichung Flight
21 October 2010
China Hospitality News

Sichuan Airlines has launched a direct charter flight on the route linking Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and Taichung, a city located in central Taiwan.

Previously the carrier had opened two flights, from Chengdu to Taipei and Kaohsiung.

The direct charter flight is operated once a week using Airbus A321 aircraft. Flight 3U8914 departs Chengdu at 14:00 and arrives in Taichung at 16:40. Flight 3U8914 leaves Taichung at 17:40 and gets to Chengdu at 20:40.

The carrier says it has decided to launch the Chengdu to Taichung route as there is huge market potential for tourism, trade, and cultural cooperation between Sichuan and Taiwan.

Sichuan Airlines also says it plans to open or restore 11 new routes.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 06:49 PM   #485
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Uni Air carrier to launch Kaohsiung-Fuzhou flights
The China Post Staff
28 October 2010

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese short-haul airline Uni Air is scheduled to launch a flight between the mainland Chinese city of Fuzhou and the southern Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung on Nov. 17, the mainland state media the Xinhua said.

Uni Air will offer two round trip flights between the two cities on each Wednesday and Sunday, the Xinhua reported. The first one will take off at Kaohsiung at 4 p.m. and land at Fuzhou on 6 p.m. Then the second flight will take off at Fuzhou on 7 p.m. and arrive at Kaohsiung on 9 p.m., according to the report.

Uni Air is the third airline to run a Kaohsiung-Fuzhou flight after the mainland's Xiamen Air and the Taiwanese TransAsia Airways. There are also direct-flights between the Fuzhou and other Taiwanese airports including the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Songshan Airport in Taipei City and the Taichung Airport. China Airlines also operates cargo services between Fuzhou and Taipei.
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Win Air eyes cross-strait market for business aviation
29 October 2010
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Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) A luxury airline company invested by Hon Hai Precision's Chairman Terry Gou held launching ceremonies Friday for its new charter and aircraft management service, which it called the first of its kind in Taiwan.

Win Air, which relies on Gulfstream aircrafts, said it hopes to provide increased mobility for business executives worldwide, especially at a time when business between Taiwan and China is on the rise.

"Business aviation has long been mature industries in Europe and the U.S. Yet in Asia, these services are just taking off, " said Win Air President David Fei.

The company currently operates two U.S.-registered aircrafts and recently took delivery of a G550, which is the first business jet to receive Taiwanese registration.

Fei said the company hopes to increase its number of airplanes to 20 in five years.

The average fare of the charter flights, according to Fei, could range from US$7,000 to US$10,000 per hour.

Fei said that as Taiwan and China signed the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) earlier this year, Taiwan should also prepare to offer cross-strait business aviation services in the future, noting that this type of service will be in high demand.

But while Win Air has made money on its missions to the U.S. and European destinations, it is unclear whether it will make money from flights between Taiwan and China.

Taiwan's government has hopes that many Taiwanese business people currently living in China with their families can move their families back to Taiwan and fly to work in China in the morning and fly back home in the evening. But there is a large number of direct flights on regular commercial airlines launched between the two sides, and it is not clear if company executives would choose to fly the much more expensive chartered flights offered by Win Air.

According to the Cross-strait Air Transport Agreement signed in 2008, business aviation is limited to non-commercial business missions. In other words, rich people who have their own planes can fly between the two sides, but companies cannot try to make money from flying business executives back and forth.

So Win Air would not be able to make money from cross-strait flights for business executives unless further negotiations take place between the Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) to allow commercial business aviation.

The need to develop the business aviation industry in Taiwan, however, has been recognized by the authorities.

In September, there were 55 business flights taking off and landing at the Taipei International Airport, said the airport's deputy director Chen Jau-yuh.

As a proposed business aviation center is expected to start operations at the Taipei International Airport next year, Chen said that Win Air, TransAsia Airways and Sunrise Airlines have all shown interests.

"We hope that the bidding process can start by the end of the year," Chen said.

Gou's company Win Air says it believes eventually its cross-strait business will make up 40 percent of its total business.
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China Airlines Group and China Southern Airlines to launch code-share services
29 October 2010
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Taiwan based carrier China Airlines Group today announced that it has jointly launched a code share cooperation with China Southern Airlines.

The code share service is on flights between Taiwan and mainland China and is designed to give passengers more convenient choices and flights scheduled.

The agreement covers cross-strait flights operated by the CAL Group’s China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

Codesharing cooperation routes include Taoyuan International Airport to Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Changsha and Shenyang.

Both airlines are actively working to expand codesharing cooperation to additional routes in the future.
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First three quarters bring NT$11bn net income to Eva Air
23 October 2010
Taipei Times

EVA Airways Corp, the nations second-largest carrier, yesterday posted a net income of NT$11 billion (US$356 million) from the first three quarters, compared with a net loss of NT$3.9 billion a year earlier, the Taoyuan-based airline said in an exchange filing yesterday.

Driven by a robust rebound in the aviation industry and red-hot cross-strait flights, EVA Airways saw record-high revenue of NT$78.71 billion in the first three quarters, up 53.5 percent year-on-year.

Gross margin reached 20.3 percent during the period between January and last month.

In the third quarter, the airline company posted a net profit of NT$5.82 billion, with earnings per share reaching NT$1.97. Revenue was NT$28.57 billion, up 5.8 percent from the second quarter, while the rate of gross profit reached 26.7 percent.

The fourth quarter also remains bullish, compared with last year, EVA Airways Corp spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei said by telephone. However, due to the traditional slow season for passenger flights, the fourth-quarter performance will not be as good as the third quarters.
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TransAsia Airways set to take step toward public listing

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) TransAsia Airways said Monday it expects to list on Taiwan's emerging stock market on Nov. 12 after showing improved results because of growing demand for flights between Taiwan and China.

Under local securities regulations, a company has to be listed as an emerging stock for no less than six months before it goes public on the main board or the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

Both the OTC market and the emerging market are operated by GreTai Securities Market (GTSM).

The carrier, which was founded in 1951, said it is riding the wave of the booming transport market across the Taiwan Strait and would continue to reap benefits from closer commercial ties between Taiwan and China.

Currently, TransAsia Airways offers 32 flights a week to a number of destinations in China, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha and Wuhan.

The company, capitalized at NT$4.8 billion (US$159 million), said it is planning to inaugurate new flights to Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, in early December.

The carrier reported that net profit for the first three quarters of 2010 rose 50.6 percent from a year earlier to NT$723 million because of growing demand.

The rate of growth was the highest in the company's history for similar periods of time and marks a major turnaround from the NT$398 million after-tax loss the carrier suffered in 2007 and the NT$638 million after-tax loss it suffered in 2008, prior to the explosion in flights between the countries.

In addition to the Chinese cities, TransAsia Airways also offers 48 flights a week to three other international destinations -- Macau and South Korea's Busan and Jeju -- and operates more than 100 domestic flights a week.

TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent Lin said the company is seeking opportunities to launch medium and long haul international flights to generate higher revenue.

Lin said his company will continue to expand its fleet to provide better international passenger and cargo transport services, while maintaining efforts to raise its visibility on Taiwan-China routes.

The carrier now has a fleet of 16 aircraft, including two Airbus A320s, five A321s, and nine ATR72s.
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EVA/UNI Air Team Up with Air China/Shenzhen Air to Increase China Service
29 October 2010
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EVA Air and its regional subsidiary UNI Air are initiating code-shared service between Taiwan and China with Air China and its subsidiary Shenzhen Air. Flights start with the winter schedule on Oct. 31, 2010. The arrangement more than doubles the frequency of EVA and UNI flights on eight Taiwan-China routes, making business travel significantly more convenient and giving leisure travelers new options for connecting flights.

"Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Shenzhen are thriving domestic hubs for China National Aviation Holding Company. Passengers traveling between Taiwan and China now have the advantage of frequent connections to and from 80 major cities in China," said EVA spokesman K. W. Nieh. "Linked with EVA's global service system, this far-reaching network in China creates brand-new opportunities for travelers from throughout the world. It also makes trips to China with a stop in Taipei exceptionally attractive. Breaking new ground and extending services for airlines in Taiwan and China, this cooperation holds tremendous benefits for the two aviation groups involved, in addition to what it does for our passengers."

EVA is part of Taiwan's Evergreen Group and a sister company to Evergreen Marine. Air China and Shenzhen Air are owned by China National Aviation Holding Company. Routes benefitting from the new shared services include Taoyuan-Beijing, Taoyuan-Tianjin, Taoyuan-Shanghai/Pudong, Taipei/Sungshan-Shanghai/Hongqiao, Taoyuan-Hangzhou, Taoyuan-Chongqing and Taoyuan-Shenzhen. Plans are to extend cosharing to flights between Taoyuan and Qingdao toward the end of November 2010 via Shandong Air, another China National Aviation Holding Company airline. Once all the joint service is in operation, EVA and UNI Air's frequency to these eight destinations will climb from 41 flights a week to 83.
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China Airlines to fight for more Qingdao flights
10 November 2010
The China Post

Due to increasing demand from passengers on both ends of the route, China Airlines is applying to increase the number of direct flights from Taiwan to Qingdao, company official said.

Many of the tourists in Shandong province, with China's second highest population of 93 million, pass through Qingdao en route to Taiwan, said Wang Po-jung, general manager of the airlines' Qingdao office. On the other hand, people in Shandong like to visit the warmer Taiwan during their winter while Taiwanese tourists prefer the cool province in the island's hotter months, making the line popular throughout the year, he added.

The twice per week flights to Qingdao are almost fully booked until the end of the year, showing a strong potential for flight increase, Wang explained, adding that there is also need to add more cargo flights to Qingdao.

Currently only Shandong Airlines operates flights from Qingdao to Taiwan, said Zhuang Keqiang, head of the tourism bureau in the Province's Yantai City. He hopes Taiwan airlines can launch roundtrip flights to reduce the waiting time for Shandong tourists.
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Top 2 Taiwan airlines to lease planes as demand soars

TAIPEI, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Taiwan's top two airlines said on Thursday they would lease a combined eight large aircraft to keep up with a surge in demand for new China flights before orders for new planes arrive.

China Airlines and EVA Airways will lease the planes as demand grows for flights to China that have jumped from nearly none to 370 per week over the past five years as relations between the two countries thaw after decades of political hostilities.

Flight routes opened across the 160 km-wide (100-mile) Taiwan Strait despite historical security issues as island investors sighted economic powerhouse China as a manufacturing and sales hot spot. The two sides agreed this year to add the latest 100 passenger flights and 20 more air cargo routes [ID:nTOE64N04M].

China Airlines said it would lease five Airbus A330s from an undisclosed company, with deliveries scheduled to start this month and end in 2012, an airline publicist said.

"The whole market is growing, and since August this year we have expanded continuously," airline spokesman Hamilton Liu said. "Our seating capacity is now the biggest of all the airlines that fly the direct routes."

EVA plans to lease three A330-300 aircraft next year, an airline official and local media said.

Both airlines have ordered new planes that are due for delivery between next year and 2015, Taiwan's semi-official Central News Agency said.

China Airlines shares rose 1.08 percent percent on Thursday, outpacing a broad market that ended lower. EVA's shares were up 0.16 percent on the day.
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Major air companies expanding fleets to meet China demand
11 November 2010
Taipei Times

Surging demand for flight services between Taiwan and China amid warming cross-strait links has prompted major carriers, including China Airlines Ltd (CAL, ) and EVA Airways Corp, to expand their fleets.

CAL spokesman Hamilton Liu said yesterday that the company has bought 14 new A350 passenger planes.

Since delivery of the planes will not begin until the end of 2015 and nine CAL-owned 747s will be grounded for interior renovations in the next two years, the company will lease five A330s within the next 15 months for cross-strait services, Liu said.

Meanwhile, EVA Airways said that it would lease three A330-300s before the fourth quarter next year for Asian routes.

The second-largest airline in Taiwan began its plan to expand its fleet of Boeing 777s in 2005.

The last plane in the order will be delivered by early next year, EVA said.

Taipei-based TransAsia Airways Corp has said that it will clarify any fleet expansion plans by today at the earliest.

TransAsia mainly serves the domestic market, but also has limited scheduled and chartered international services to China, East Asia and Southeast Asian destinations.

The company, which is planning to increase its flight services on mid and long-range air routes, is expected to list on Taiwans emerging stock market tomorrow after showing improved results thanks to growing demand for flights between Taiwan and China.
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Shenzhen airport increases flights to Taiwan
11 November 2010
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Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport has increased the flight frequency to Taiwan to 27 per week, in response to tourist demand for winter travel between the two cities.

According to officials at the Shenzhen Airport Frontier Defense Inspection Station, the number of flights from Shenzhen to Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan will be increased by 27 per week, with most departing during the day.

The airport new operates two to four round flights between Shenzhen and Taipei. Flights from Shenzhen and Taichung are operated every Wednesday and Saturday, while flights to Kaohsiung leave every Thursday and Sunday.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, in 2009 Shenzhen airport handled 24.49 million passengers, making it the fifth busiest airport in the country.
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Airbus says Taiwan's TransAsia places order for eight jets
16 November 2010
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Taiwan's TransAsia Airways has placed a firm order for two wide-body A330-300 aircraft and six single-aisle A321 jets with a catalogue price of nearly one billion euros, Airbus said on Tuesday.

"The A330s will be the first wide body jets to join the company's fleet" said the European plane maker, adding "the aircraft will be principally used on the direct routes linking Taiwan and continental China, as well as new regional lines."

TransAsia Airways has been using Airbus aircraft since 1995. It currently has five mid-size A321 aircraft and two A320s which it uses on its domestic and regional routes, as well as 13 destinations to continental China.

Airbus, a subsidiary of aerospace giant EADS, said last week that it expects to book an overall total of 500 orders this year, well above the previously expected figure of 400, and deliveries should exceed slightly 500, marking a record.

To date Airbus has had over 1,100 firm orders for the different versions of the A330 wide-body jet, with more than 700 aircraft in service of more than 80 airlines.

The plane maker has booked over 6,700 orders for the A320 family of jets with more than 4,400 of the aircraft delivered to more than 310 clients.
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Taiwan's Eva Airways launches weekly service linking Kaohsiung, Qingdao
20 November 2010

QINGDAO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan-based EVA Airways Corp. Saturday launched a weekly direct flight service linking southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City and Qingdao City in eastern Shandong Province.

The service will operate on Saturdays. It is the first direct service between the two cities.

The flight will increase the number of direct flights between Qingdao and Taiwan to 20 per week, according to Qingdao Airport.

Thanks to increased people-to-people exchange between Taiwan and the mainland, Qingdao Airport's passenger traffic to and from Taiwan this year reached 145,495 on Nov. 15, a 55 percent year-on-year increase.
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FAT looking to start flight services after a two-year hiatus
Far Eastern Air plans to start domestic flight services before it expands its travel scope to include international flights to various Chinese cities
Staff Writer, with CNA
26 November 2010
Taipei Times

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said debt-ridden Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) had applied to carry out test flights in preparation for a resumption of flight services after a hiatus of more than two years.

FAT, whose flight operations have been suspended since May 2008 because of financial difficulties and employee wage disputes, is scheduled to launch a test flight tomorrow, the CAA said.

The carrier has applied for corporate reorganization.

Airworthiness maintenance work and the preparation of one of its planes, an MD80, is nearing completion, the CAA said.

However, the resumption of test flights does not necessarily mean that FAT will restart operations soon, a ranking CAA official said, adding that the carrier would need an injection of capital to resume service.

According to CAA regulations, NT$500 million (US$16.66 million) in capital is required for the resumption of domestic routes and NT$2 billion for the resumption of international flights.

FAT plans to resume domestic flight services first most likely on the routes between Taipei and Kaohsiung or between Kaohsiung and the outlying island of Kinmen and then expand to cross-strait routes, the CAA official said.

The airline reportedly had debts of more than NT$10 billion when it sought bankruptcy protection in February 2008, in the biggest crisis the company had faced since it was founded in 1957.
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Far Eastern Air Transport passes air worthiness test
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The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said an MD83 aircraft from Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) completed a maintenance test on Saturday, adding that an airworthiness certificate for the aircraft could be issued as soon as this week after the administration has reviewed the data.

The news takes the carrier one step closer to resuming operations after being suspended in 2008.

The aircraft took off at 10:23am from Taipei International Airport (Songshan) on a two-hour test flight off the coast of Yilan County. It returned at 12:35pm.

The CAA said the airline must repair at least three of its aircraft and have them certified before it can resume operations. It must also raise at least NT$1.2 billion (US$40 million) before being allowed to resume domestic flights.

The airline said that it will conduct two more test flights over the next two months. If everything goes as planned, the company said that it could start offering services to Kinmen and Penghu before the Lunar New Year holiday, which will be in early February.

The operator said it hoped to launch cross-strait flights in June.

At present, the flights normally allocated to FAT have been filled by other airlines. Those would be handed back to FAT once it begins operations.

Civil Aeronautics Administration Director General Yin Chen-pong (尹承蓬) said that even if FAT’s aircraft were certified by the CAA, its financial plan would also have to be approved.

“We will allow FAT to resume operations only after we ascertain it has sufficient funds and will not compromise the interests of customers,” Yin said last week.

In related news, the CAA is scheduled to sit down with Chinese aviation authorities in Taipei next month to negotiate additional cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Yin said Taiwanese carriers had proposed 120 additional flights, the majority of which will service Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou routes.

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