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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:29 AM   #501
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EVA Air to expand flight services to more Chinese cities
Staff writer, with CNA
7 December 2010
Taipei Times

EVA Airways Corp (EVA Air), one of the nations leading international carriers, yesterday said it would launch flights to more destinations in China later this month to capitalize on booming cross-strait tourism.

EVA Air, along with its subsidiary Uni Airways Corp will fly between Taipei and Zhengzhou in Henan Province twice a week beginning on Friday and between Taipei and Jinan in Shandong Province once a week starting on Dec. 18, the carrier said.

Starting on Dec. 20, EVA Air will also operate one flight a week between Taichung and Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, adding to its current schedule of two flights a week between the cities and one flight a week between Kaohsiung and Ningbo.

The carrier said it would become the first Taiwanese airline to fly between Taipei and Jinan once the new services are launched.

In the initial phase, the Taipei-Jinan route will be operated on a charter basis, offering all the seats to travel agencies in China, because of strong interest from Jinan residents to visit Taiwan, the carrier said.

EVA Air added that it could increase the number of chartered flights in the future and eventually operate the route on a regular basis.

The airline expected loading rates on the Taipei-Jinan and Taipei-Zhengzhou routes to both be at least 80 percent.

Zhengzhou, which ranks among Chinas top eight ancient cities, has long been a tourism attraction, but EVA Air also anticipates interest from business travelers.

Many major Taiwanese companies, such as Formosa Plastics Corp, Want Want Holdings Ltd, Uni-President Enterprises Corp and Hon Hai Group, have set up bases in Henan, leading the carrier to forecast that business passengers will account for about 20 percent of customers on the route.

The new flights will expand EVA Airs cross-strait services to 77 round-trip flights between Taiwan and 17 destinations in China per week.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #502
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CHINA POSTAL AIRLINES TO JOIN CROSS-STRAIT CARGO SERVICES
14 December 2010

TAIPEI, Dec 14 Asia Pulse - China Postal Airlines has obtained official permission to launch direct cargo flights to Taiwan, with the first run set for Dec. 21 from Fuzhou to Taoyuan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Tuesday.

The Beijing-headquartered carrier is also planning to operate the Nanjing-Taoyuan route, according to Taiwan's Chunghwa Post Co., which will consign some of the company's cross-Taiwan Strait mail to the airline.

China Postal Airlines was established in 1996 and currently owns 17 Boeing 737 all-cargo aircraft. It is the first Chinese carrier dedicated to express mail and cargo transport services.

The company is one of the five Chinese carriers designated by Beijing to operate cross-strait cargo services.

The other four are Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Airlines (SSE:600029), and Yangtze River Express. The latter has not filed an application for permission to fly the cross-strait route.

The two Taiwanese carriers operating the services are China Airlines (TAIEX:2610) and EVA Airways (TAIEX:2618).

There are six approved Chinese destinations on the cross-strait line: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Nanjing, Fuzhou and Xiamen.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #503
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EVA Airways Launches Flights between Jinan, Taiwan
20 December 2010

SHANGHAI, December 20, SinoCast -- An A-330-220 jet of Taiwan's EVA Airways landed on the international airport of Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province, Eastern China, on December 18, marking the maiden flight between Jinan and Taipei, in terms of a press release the Jinan municipal government posted on December 19.

EVA Airways becomes the first airline company Jinan introduces from Taiwan.

The first flight flew from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11 am and arrived at the Jinan airport at 14:10 pm; it returned from Jinan at 15:40 pm and arrived at the Taoyuan airport at 18:45 pm on December 18.

In the future EVA Airways' flights will fly from Taoyuan airport at 16:45 and arrive at Jinan at 19:35, and then return from Jinan at 20:34 and arrive at Taiwan at 23:40 every Saturday.

Jinan has launched flights to Taipei, Hualien and Taichung.

EVA Airways and its unit Uni Air also entered into a strategic partnership framework agreement with the Shandong Tourism Administration on December 18.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 08:06 PM   #504
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China Airlines to launch flights to Wuhan Jan. 26

Taipei, Dec. 22 (CNA) China Airlines, one of Taiwan's leading international airlines, will launch regularly scheduled flights between Taipei and Wuhan, China on Jan. 26, 2011, the company said Wednesday.

The carrier will operate two round-trip flights a week to Wuhan, which will become its 17th destination in China.

China Airlines said the new route reflected its interest in adding flights to second-tier Chinese cities, such as Wuhan, and in taking advantage of growing demand from the tourism sector for flights between Taiwan and China.

It sees Wuhan, one of China's ancient cities, as an attractive destination because it has long been a tourism center and is the largest city in central China.

The city is also conveniently located and offers quick connections northward to Beijing, southward to Guangzhou, eastward to Shanghai and westward to Chongqing, the carrier said.

China Airlines said it will offer a 12 percent discount on economy class fares on the new route, to be served by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, until the end of February.

Rival EVA Airways launched flights to similar second-tier cities -- Zhengzhou in Henan Province and Jinan in Shandong Province -- earlier this month.

As of Nov. 30, China Airlines operated a fleet of 66 aircraft and offered flights to 94 destinations in 28 countries worldwide.
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China Southern to add Shenzhen-Taiwan flights
23 December 2010
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China Southern Airlines Co Ltd is planning to add a new weekly flight from Shenzhen to Taiwan between January 6th and March 26th 2011 to meet rising demand, sources reported.

Taiwan-based China Airlines Co Ltd is also considering increasing its flights on the Shenzhen-Taiwan route.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 01:19 PM   #506
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Aviation talks cap cross-strait New Year flights
30 December 2010
Taipei Times

A two-day, cross-strait aviation meeting ended in Greater Taichung yesterday, with both Taiwan and China agreeing to cap the additional flights to and from six cities in China during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.

Taiwans Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said in a statement that both sides had agreed not to set any restrictions on the total number of additional flights offered by flight carriers. Rather, both would only cap the flights to and from some of the busiest cities in China.

Taiwanese carriers can dispatch 32 additional flights to Chinas Shanghai Pudong International Airport and 16 flights to Shenzhen from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17. Flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou are each capped at 10 during that period, the CAA said, adding that the same rule would apply to Chinese carriers.

Taipei Songshan Airport will not be open for additional cross-strait flight services to protect the interests of domestic passengers, the CAA said. All additional cross-strait flights will be landing at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport instead.

The CAA said that both sides also agreed to launch passenger flight services to Chinas Wuxi, Xuzhou, Quanzhou and Sanya. However, only charter flight services will be available during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Charter flights to and from Wuxi will only be operated by Chinese carriers because the Wuxi Airport is also a Chinese air force base, the CAA said.

According to the CAA, both sides will try to approve applications filed by both Taiwanese and Chinese carriers by Jan. 10 so that passengers can start booking flights.

The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 3 next year.

In other news, Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said she welcomed Chinese investors to invest in her city.

Chen said during a visit by E United Group chairman Lin Yi-shou that the city was open to investment from anywhere in the world, including China, although the legislature had yet to pass relevant bills to give the green light to Chinese investment.

Chen said she welcomed all businesses that want to establish branches in Greater Kaohsiung, adding that the city government always upheld the principles of reciprocity and co-existence when interacting with the rest of the world.

Half of the visitors to Kaohsiung nowadays are Chinese. The city government always welcomes them wholeheartedly and guarantees their safety [in the city], Chen said.

Chen has gained momentum in the DPP by winning more than 800,000 votes in last months Greater Kaohsiung mayoral election.

She had said in April 2008 that she was willing to solicit investment from China for the interests of Kaohsiung.

She visited Beijing and Shanghai in May last year in her capacity as Kaohsiung mayor to promote the World Games despite criticism from a number of pro-independence groups.

Her trip to China at the time was widely interpreted as an ice-breaking trip for the DPP because Chen had been the only special municipality government chief from the party.
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Old January 5th, 2011, 03:44 AM   #507
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China routes key for local airlines
The cross-strait routes could become more important as the ceiling on the number of Chinese visitors allowed to visit Taiwan per day is raised to 4,000
Staff Writer, with CNA
3 January 2011
Taipei Times

The Taiwan-China routes that have helped local airlines earn record revenues and profits in the past year will continue to be the major profit engine for the local airline industry this year, according to market analysts.

Bruce Tsao, a Taipei-based analyst for Capital Securities, recently told Central News Agency that Chinese tourists taking direct flights to Taiwan would become the most important source of passengers on routes across the Taiwan Strait.

The routes benefit only Taiwanese and Chinese carriers because they are not open to airlines based in other countries.

CHINESE VISITORS

Mandarin Airlines president Harris Wang also cited the continued growth in Chinese visitors to Taiwan as one of the factors expected to help the industry this year.

The optimism of industry insiders was buoyed after the two countries decided in a round of trade talks held late last year to raise the ceiling on the number of Chinese nationals allowed to visit Taiwan per day from 3,000 to 4,000, a change which came into effect on Saturday.

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Both sides also agreed to allow Chinese citizens to travel to Taiwan independently without being confined to tour groups starting sometime in the first half of this year.

Meanwhile, local airlines also believed business charter flights between Taiwan and China would have considerable potential if allowed and would help attract multinational companies to set up regional offices in Taiwan.

Civil aviation officials from Taiwan and China held talks late last month and local airline -companies are reportedly likely to begin offering business chartered flights between the two countries sometime in the first half of this year.

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The business-oriented service would also increase the profits of local airlines, such as China Airlines Ltd and EVA Airways, by helping them save between 20 percent and 50 percent on fuel costs, according to E. Sun Securities Cos estimates.
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Taiwan Aircraft Maintenance Firms OKed to Tap in Mainland

BEIJING, January 4, SinoCast -- China announced at the end of 2010 that it would allow Taiwan-based companies to set foot in the aircraft maintenance market in mainland China.

In detail, service providers from Taiwan are permitted to invest in the mainland aircraft maintenance market by setting up wholly-owned subsidiaries or joint ventures, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in a statement on December 31, 2010.

The service providers refer to legal persons and legal person-led investor group from Taiwan, said the CAAC, noting that the regulation is set to take effect from January, 2011.

The regulation, as part of a 206 directive, is a complementation to the framework agreement for cross-Strait economic cooperation, pointed out market observers in the mainland.
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Far Eastern airlines to resume services
9 January 2011
The China Post

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT), suspended for two years due to financial problems, may resume domestic flights as early as next month, aviation authorities said yesterday.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said it has already approved FAT's application to resume services, with two of its MD83 planes having completed test flights.

CAA Director General Yin Chen-pong said there is a good chance that the carrier will rejoin its peers in time to help relieve the peak traffic during the Lunar New Year holidays in early February.

Vice transport minister Yeh Kuan-shih said it is hoped that FAT can fly between Taipei and the outlying island county of Kinmen during Lunar New Year, a route that usually sees high demand in the traditional family reunion season.

But Yeh stressed that FAT can restart their operations only after meeting all safety requirements.

The carrier may only operate domestic flights in the meantime, but it may fly across the Taiwan Strait in the future when another of its planes pass test flights.

FAT, founded in 1957, was suspended in May 2008 amid financial difficulties and wage disputes.

The airline reportedly had run into debts of more than NT$10 billion when it sought bankruptcy protection in February 2008.

Liu Wen-hsiung, chief adviser of FAT, thanked the transport ministry for approving its flight resumption application, saying the restart has not come easy.

He said the court on Dec. 20 last year gave a green light for FAT to resume business, and the bank consortium also showed strong support for its restructuring.

Now FAT is waiting for the CAA's ticketing committee to approve its pricing, Liu said, adding the carrier will run its services at original fares.

The carrier has also submitted a financial plan to the CAA, which said it will be watching closely how the company will carry out the financial plan after restarting operation.

Having approved the application, the CAA said that it will have to further inspect FAT's preparation for the restart before allowing ticket sales.

The inspections, scheduled to start this week, will include a screening of ticket prices, examinations of in-flight equipment and aircraft take-off and landing, and a review of the operations of the carrier's check-in counters.
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China Southern to share codes with Mandarin Airlines on cross-strait air routes

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) – The Chinese airline giant China Southern Airlines (ZNH.NYSE 01055.HK; 600029.SH) started to share codes on cross-strait air routes with the Taiwan carrier China Airlines Ltd. on January 14.

The cross-strait air routes include Shenyang-Taibei, Zhengzhou-Taibei and Changsha-Taibei.
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Taiwan's TransAsia Airways to launch flights to Chongqing, China
14 January 2011
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TAIPEI, Jan 14 Asia in Focus - TRANSASIA AIRWAYS, one of Taiwan's international carriers, said Thursday it will begin flights to Chongqing City in southwestern China in March. The airline will operate two flights per week to the Chinese city, starting from March 3, as business links across the Taiwan Strait continue to grow.

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

* In addition to its China routes, TransAsia Airways also operates 48 flights per week to three other overseas destinations -- Busan and Jeju in South Korea and Macau.
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Additional cross-strait flights unveiled
15 January 2011
Taipei Times

Passengers traveling between Taiwan and China can now book tickets for additional Lunar New Year holiday flight services from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

CAA Deputy Director-General Chen Tien-tsyh said Chinese airlines are offering a total of 183 additional flights this year, while Taiwanese airlines have 86 additional flights.

A cross-strait aviation agreement reached last month capped the number of flight services to Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Beijing. Each side can dispatch no more than 32 flights for Shanghai Pudong Airport. Flights for Shenzhen were capped at 16 and flights for Nanjing, Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou were capped at 10. Chen said some Taiwanese flights to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen would be red-eye flights, either because the airport would also be busy transporting homebound Chinese passengers, or because Taiwanese airlines applied for early-morning flights because of limited aircraft.

Chen said that Taiwanese airlines have volunteered to give passengers on red-eye flights a 40 percent discount off the ticket price. For non-red-eye flights, passengers can get a 15 percent discount off the ticket price if they book tickets directly from the airlines Web site.

According to CAA, Taiwanese airlines have 14 red-eye flights departing from Shanghai. Meanwhile, 11 flights from Shenzhen and six from Hangzhou will be red-eye flights as well.

The Chinese aviation authority made the decision on the early morning flights from Shenzhen, but the remaining Shanghai and Hangzhou red-eye flights were distributed at the request of Taiwanese airlines.
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Airlines code-share
15 January 2011
Shanghai Daily

China Eastern Airlines has reached a code-share agreement with Taiwan-based China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines to boost connection across the Taiwan Strait.

The code-share operation will start on February 17, connecting mainland cities, including Shanghai, Xi'an, Qingdao, Nanjing and Ningbo, with Taiwan's airports.

Separately, China Eastern yesterday said its passenger traffic jumped 59 percent from a year ago to 76.1 million in December.
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Tickets for additional cross-strait flights available for sale
16 January 2011
The China Post

Sales of tickets for “additional” flights across the Taiwan Straits for the Chinese New Year festival kicked off yesterday, with domestic airlines operating the flights offering preferential prices to attract patronage from consumers, according to industry sources.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced Friday that airline firms of both sides of the Taiwan Straits have together applied to operate 270 extra flights between Taiwan and 24 mainland destinations during the period of Jan.20-Feb. 17.

Of the total, 87 will be operated by Taiwan's airlines companies, including China Airlines (CAL), EVA Airways, and Trans Asia Airways.

Worth mentioning, of the flights to be operated by domestic airlines, as many as 27 will take off or land at wee hours during the said period, including 14 flights to Shanghai, 9 flights to Shenzhen, and four to Hangzhou.

CAA officials requested domestic airlines to give a 40 percent discount on the ticket fares for the flights that take off or land at small hours, or the so-called red-eyes flights, and a 15 percent to 30 percent price discount for regular flights.

Of domestic airline firms, the CAL will operate 42 additional flights during the Lunar New Year festival, and it kicked off sales of tickets for flights between Taiwan and such mainland cities as Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Xian and Zhengzhou. The price for the Shenzhen route hit a low of NT$8,600 and will amount to a little more than NT$10,000 if including tax.

EVA Airways will operated 14 extra flights to Shanghai, and the lowest price for the route hit NT$8,480 and slightly over NT$10,000 after including tax.

Trans Asia will launch four extra flights on the Shanghai route, with its lowest price set at NT$9,500 and NT$11,000 if including tax.
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Tainan airport receives green light for upgrade
As Tainan airport was not one of the eight airports in Taiwan designated to fly directly to China, new talks will be needed to secure permission
Staff Writer, with CNA
23 January 2011
Taipei Times

Tainan Airport has obtained the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to open to international flights, starting with routes to and from Asian countries, the CAA said yesterday.

Approval came after lawmakers from Tainan strongly urged the transportation authorities to allow the airport to offer international flights to boost utilization and enhance the airports revenue.

However, no date has been set for the airport to begin handling international flights.

The CAA and other related government agencies will carry out further inspections of the airports facilities for implementation of customs, immigration, quarantine and security checks (CIQS) next week, before deciding when the new services will begin.

Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih will visit the airport today to supervise the inspections and examine the installation of the CIQS facilities.

Yeh said the ministry would lend its full support transforming Tainan Airport into an international airport.

Currently, Tainan Airport provides only two flights to the Kinmen Islands and three flights to Penghu daily.

Flights from Tainan to other cities in Taiwan were previously available, but ended as a result of falling demand after the high speed rail started operations.

As the airport is not included in an agreement on direct air links across the Taiwan Strait, Yeh said, Taiwan and China need further negotiations before it can be permitted to provide services to Chinese cities.

Under the cross-strait airline accord, a total of eight airports in Taiwan are allowed to provide flights to China.

They are: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, Taichung Airport, Hualien Airport, Taitung Airport, Kinmen Airport and Magong Airport (Penghu).
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Taiwan's main airport reports record high passenger, cargo volumes
25 January 2011

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway saw its passenger and cargo volumes reach a record high last year, with the growth rates in both categories topping those of major airports worldwide.

The airport recorded 25.11 million visits last year, a 16.2 percent increase from 2009, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-Kuo said in a recent interview.

Meanwhile, the cargo volume hit 1.77 million tons, 30.1 percent higher than the previous year, he said.

"Both growth rates were the highest among the 15 biggest airports in the world," Mao said.

The surge in passenger and cargo volumes is believed to have been a result of the government's efforts to launch direct flights between Taiwan and China, increase the number of international destinations and promote tourism, Mao said.

However, the improving economic situation also played a crucial role, he said.

The rise in passenger traffic was not just in Taiwan, but was also noted in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Airports Council International Director General Angela Gittens said recently that a new record was set in 2010 for global airport industry traffic, with total passenger growth of nearly 7 percent.

"Within that overall increase there are marked regional differences, while the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America-Caribbean regions surged well beyond pre-crisis passenger volumes," Gittens said.
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China Airlines launches Taipei-Wuhan route

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) Taiwan's biggest airline China Airlines on Wednesday launched nonstop service between Taiwan and the Chinese city of Wuhan, its 16th destination in China.

The first flight to the central China transportation hub took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport early Wednesday.

The airline is using Airbus A330-300s on the route and offer flights between the two destinations every Wednesday and Saturday.

China Airlines currently flies to 16 Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, and 17 airports.
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Air China Launches Weekly Flight Between Tianjin And Taichung
26 January 2011
China Hospitality News

Air China, the country's flag carrier, has started offering a regular weekly service between Taichung in Taiwan and Tianjin.

Tianjin becomes the 12th domestic city with direct flights to Taichung and the first city in north China with direct flights to Taichung. The direct flights between Tianjin and Taichung are expected to enhance economic and trade exchanges between central Taiwan and north China, and support the development of the entire pan-Baohai region.

Air China operates the new route with one round-trip each week, using Boeing B737-800 aircraft. CA141 will depart from Tianjin every Tuesday at 08:30 and arrive at Taichung at 11:40. The Taichung-Tianjin flight, CA142, will depart from Taichung at 12:40 and arrive at Tianjin at 16:40.

Taichung Airport will add 22 extra flights during the upcoming Spring Festival, in response to strong demand from Taiwan businessmen from the central region. With the expected opening of the Taiwan tourism market to mainland tourists this year, direct flights between Taichung and north China will significantly boost the growth of tourism in central Taiwan.
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