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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:48 PM   #181
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Passengers raise alarm over engine crack
30 July 2013
Shanghai Daily

A China Airlines flight from Shanghai to Taiwan aborted take-off after passengers noticed crack on an engine casing, the Taiwan-based airline said yesterday.

Passengers on the flight from Pudong International Airport to Taoyuan County over the weekend had to wait eight hours until a replacement aircraft was found.

Some passengers looking from their windows shortly before take-off saw a crack in the casing of an engine and informed the captain.

The captain immediately decided to abort take-off.

Passengers later queried why ground crew had failed to spot the crack during inspections before take-off.
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Old August 5th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #182
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Kinmen residents protest planned flight price hikes
WANT TO GO HOME : Protesters said they fear airlines are passing the costs of maintaining old aircraft on to consumers and that subsidies will breed resentment
4 August 2013
Taipei Times



Calling out slogans such as Want to go home, want to have plane tickets, hundreds of people from the nations outlying islands staged a demonstration in Taipei yesterday afternoon, protesting against the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) approval of increases in domestic flight ticket prices by between 4 and 21 percent.

The crowd gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan and marched through the streets, passing by the Presidential Office to the building housing the ministry, where they handed their petition to officials.

I have been flying to and from Kinmen and Taiwan on a weekly basis working in Taiwan on weekdays and going back to my family in Kinmen every weekend for the past ten or more years, a man surnamed Chen said. If the price rises by about 20 percent, then I would have to spend about an additional NT$3,000 each month.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) should ask the airlines to improve their services and the quality of their planes, he said.

The planes on this route are usually old and the increase in price may be a result of higher maintenance costs, so we refuse to allow the CAA and airlines to transfer this cost to the consumers, Chen added.

A woman surnamed Huang, with her two small children holding protest signs, said plane tickets for her family of four to return to Kinmen are already expensive more than NT$4,000 for a return adult ticket and the tickets are hard to purchase on holidays, needing to be reserved about two months in advance.

Unhappy about only being greeted by the ministrys Department of Aviation and Navigation Deputy Director-General Chen Chin-sheng, who said only that he would hand their petition to higher-ranking officials, the crowd sounded air-horns and shouted. Representatives were later invited inside for a talk.

During the negotiation, the organizer of the demonstration, Chinese Association for Public Affairs of Kinmenese in Taiwan chairperson Huang Bing-chung said they want the ministry to clearly explain the reason for the price rise by making the actual operating and fuel costs public.

Although the ministry has said that it would subsidize the additional ticket costs for residents of outlying islands, Chen said the protesters demand a reasonable pricing mechanism, for fear they would be resented by the public for benefiting from government subsidies.

Chen Chin-sheng promised to reflect the protesters opinions to relevant officials to find the best solution.

While representatives returned to the crowd and asked the protesters to give the ministry one more chance, some remained dissatisfied, saying they would stage more heated protests if their demands were not met.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #183
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Old August 19th, 2013, 07:46 PM   #184
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Taiwan’s listed airlines post Q2 losses
STOCK EXCHANGE FILINGS : Figures provided by CAL, EVA and TransAsia show small improvements from the second quarter of last year and the first quarter of this year
Taipei Times

Although Taiwan’s three listed airlines suffered a loss-making second quarter, all three saw net losses during the quarter contract from the first quarter, helped by reduced aviation fuel price hikes.

China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), the biggest of the trio, posted NT$116.23 million (US$3.87 million), or NT$0.03 per share, in net losses, improving from net losses of NT$317.14 million, or NT$0.06 per share, recorded a year earlier, it said in its filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

On a quarterly basis, the result in the second quarter was a substantial improvement over net losses of NT$1.11 billion, or 0.21 per share, recorded in the first quarter, CAL data showed.

In the first half of this year, net losses totaled NT$1.22 billion, or NT$0.24 per share, compared with NT$1.65 billion, or NT$0.32 per share, recorded a year earlier, the data showed.

EVA Airways Corp’s (EVA, 長榮航空) net losses were similar.

The nation’s second-largest airline posted net losses of NT$178.7 million, or NT$0.06 per share, improving from losses of NT$245.33 million, or 0.07 per share, recorded during the same period last year, its stock exchange filing showed.

The NT$178.7 million net loss was also better than the NT$917.02 million, or NT$0.28 per share, loss it reported during the January-to-March period, EVA data showed.

In the first six months, the carrier saw net losses total NT$1.1 billion, or NT$0.34 per share, down from net losses of NT$959.83 million, or NT$0.29 per share, recorded a year earlier, the data showed.

“[EVA’s] net loss shrank markedly in the second quarter, as passenger traffic and yields rose and cost efficiency improved,” JPMorgan analyst Corrine Png (方華婷) said in a research report.

JPMorgan forecast EVA would post a net profit this year of NT$41 million, or NT$0.01 per share, but that market expectations of NT$2.4 billion net profits would be an overly optimistic forecast.

EVA’s cargo business, which remained weak in the second quarter, is still one of the arline’s biggest risk factors in the second half of this year, as its disadvantage of oversupply is expected to persist until next year, Png said.

Meanwhile, rising competition from low-cost carriers and potential capital-raising risks due to efforts to renew and expand its ageing fleet, are other downside risks facing the carrier, JPMorgan said.

TransAsia Airways Corp (TNA, 復興航空), which mainly operates regional and cross-strait passenger routes, reported NT$56.84 million, or NT$0.1 per share, in net losses, shrinking from NT$129.46 million, or NT$0.23 per share, in the first quarter, Taiwan Stock Exchange data showed.

The result was a major setback compared with NT$47.58 million net profits, or earnings per share of NT$0.09, TransAsia recorded in the second quarter last year, its statistics showed.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:13 AM   #186
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I am just confused why taiwanese airlines are putting the aircraft registration at the front part of any aircraft? It is to identify them easily?
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Old August 25th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #187
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Taiwan announces plans to increase number of cross-strait flights

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan announced Monday an increase to the number of direct passenger flights to and from China by 54 each week starting in August, bringing the total cross-straight flights to 670 weekly.

Among the additions are up to 12 weekly flights between Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung International Airport, starting this month, said Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organization tasked with cross-strait exchanges.

Up to 28 new flights between Pudong Airport and Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport are set for December.

The added flights are the result of negotiations this month between the Taipei Airlines Association and China's Cross-Straits Aviation Transport Exchange Council.

The two sides also agreed to increase the number of direct cargo flights from 56 per week to 68 and to open three new freight destinations in China -- Tianjin, Zhengzhou and Ningbo, with up to two weekly flights per city from each side.

Taiwan and China will each be responsible for half of the new passenger flights, including seven added flights launching from Taipei's Songshan Airport, the local Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

The SEF and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, finalized the agreement and completed the exchange of instruments on Monday.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 04:37 AM   #188
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China Airlines, China Southern up weekly Taoyuan-Urumqi flights

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Flights from Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport to western China's Urumqi will jump from three a week to six, as Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) expands code-sharing services with Guangdong-based China Southern Airlines, CAL announced Thursday.

Increasing flights to and from Urumqi will allow better operations flexibility for both airlines, said CAL, which is Taiwan's largest international carrier.

Both CAL and China Southern are members of the SkyTeam Alliance, one of the world's largest airline alliances.

Urumqi, the capital of China's westernmost Xinjiang Autonomous Region, is the ninth city serviced under the cooperation since the two carriers started code-sharing in 2010. It follows Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Dalian, Changsha, Wuhan and Shenyang.

CAL, which operates 33 out of the 68 shared flights, said it aims to better promote the Taoyuan-Urumqi route, which was first inaugurated this past June.

The route has so far proven popular, the airline added, with ridership consistently topping 70 percent.
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Old September 8th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #192
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EVA Chairman to pilot new Hello Kitty plane on maiden flight

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Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) The chairman of EVA Airways will personally fly the company's new plane decorated with the popular Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty on its maiden flight on Sept. 18, according to the airline.

Chang Kuo-wei will fly the Boeing 777-300ER featuring the cartoon cat with a special group of Hello Kitty fans bound for Los Angeles on board, the carrier said.

The group's members will be eligible to take part in an on-board autograph session with Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and to attend a celebration party in Los Angeles as honored guests, the airline said.

Compared with the Airbus A330s used for EVA Air's previous five Hello Kitty planes, the Boeing 777-300ER has 70 percent more surface area, which will allow space for other cartoon characters in the Sanrio family, the company that created Hello Kitty, to appear on the plane.

A total of 19 characters will be themed, including Bad Badtz-maru and Pom Pom Purin, the airline said.

EVA Air first launched Hello Kitty planes in 2005 and kept them in service until 2008.

A second generation of Hello Kitty planes began service in October 2011 for use primarily on routes to Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and the U.S. territory of Guam, on which they have proved popular.

Besides the U.S. route, the new Hello Kitty jet is likely to serve travelers bound for European countries in the future, the airline said.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:03 AM   #193
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Domestic flight fares to rise 10% next year: CAA
The China Post
5 September 2013

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Civil Aeronautics Administration yesterday announced that domestic flight fares will increase by an average of 10 percent at the start of next year along with the launch of a subsidy plan for residents of outlying islands.

The CAA said that flight fares will rise by 4 percent to 21 percent, depending on the routes of different airlines.

CAA Deputy Director-General Fang Chih-wen said that after the domestic flight fares increase, airlines will launch early bird discount tickets, which will bring the one-way ticket from Taipei to Kinmen to less than NT$2,000.

Several lawmakers yesterday demanded the CAA put a halt to the increase at a public hearing and they also asked airline operators to make the cost of operating domestic flight routes public.

Fang said that domestic flight fares have not been adjusted for eight years, while the fuel prices for airlines have doubled during the same period, affecting their operational costs.

“Adjusting flight fares can not only allow airline operators to replace old aircrafts with new ones but also allows them to have more flexibility in bringing more passengers to visit outlaying islands,” said Fang.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the flight fare increase for the Kinmen-Magong route will be the lowest, with about NT$56 increases for a one-way ticket while the flight fare for a one-way ticket for the Taipei-Kinmen route will be increased by NT$205 to NT$453.

TransAsia Airways said that after the flight fare has been increased, flights that are scheduled during off-peak hours will be subject to 20-40 percent off discounts.

According to the CAA, the airline operators did not propose the plans for flight ticket adjustments, and the CAA will demand the operators not raise flight fare to the upper limit.

The CAA said that the first flight fare increase will take place next January, and that currently there is no time table for the second wave of flight fare adjustments because the CAA and the airline operators will have to monitor the market's response before deciding when to increase ticket prices again.
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TransAsia launches Tokyo flights today
26 September 2013
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TransAsia Airways Corp is starting direct flights between Taipei and Tokyo today the 10th route it has launched this year.

The Tokyo route is also the ninth Japanese destination served by the Taiwanese carrier, which is targeting free independent travelers (FIT) as its major customers.

TransAsia has deployed its Airbus SAS 320 and 321 aircraft to serve the daily Tokyo flights.

TransAsia Airways president Chooi Yee-choong said the carrier might increase its flight frequency if there is a strong and stable passenger load.

TransAsia is also considering chartering more A330 series aircraft to offer more seats, Chooi added.

The new route came a result of an extended open skies agreement between the two countries, which allows Taiwanese carriers to increase their services to certain Japanese destinations.

Separately, EVA Airways Corp and the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration announced on Tuesday a partnership in London to promote travel to Taiwan and Shanghai in Europe.

The Taiwanese carrier first cooperated with the Shanghai tourism office three years ago to encourage passengers from North America to visit Shanghai via Taiwan.

That program generated good results and the airline now hopes to repeat the success in Europe, EVA said.
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Spring Airlines opens its first route to Taiwan
9 October 2013
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Spring Airlines Co Ltd, the nation's only low cost carrier, will launch direct flights from Shanghai to Kaohsiung on Oct 27, becoming the first privately owned carrier from the Chinese mainland to run direct flights across the Taiwan Straits.

From Oct 27, the Shanghai-based airline will start thrice-weekly flights on the route, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, taking about two hours and 10 minutes.

Kaohsiung is Taiwan's second-largest city and an industrial hub located in the southwest part of the island. Shanghai, which boasts premium infrastructure, business environment and bright prospects for economic development, has attracted many Taiwan people to move there.

A census conducted in November 2010 showed that about 700,000 people from Taiwan settled in Shanghai.

Increasing interaction across the Taiwan Straits has created huge demand for direct flight services. The launch of Shanghai-Kaohsiung flights makes Spring Airlines the first budget airline to operate direct flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan since direct flights across the Taiwan Straits became regular in 2009.

Famous for its low-cost operation model, Spring Airlines is expected to offer tickets between the two cities at prices 30 percent to 40 percent lower than the market average. On its official website, the ticket price is as low as 430 yuan ($70).

According to Zhang Wu'an, a spokesman for Spring Airlines, there will be 10 special offers for each flight. These tickets will be available for smartphone users only after Saturday. "The lowest price will be just 199 yuan," said Zhang.

Wang Zhenghua, founder and chairman of Spring Airlines, has long wanted to open a route across the Taiwan Straits. The Shanghai-based carrier has applied to launch flights to Taiwan every year since 2007. Now his dream has finally become true.

"Ticket prices between Shanghai and Taipei are even more expensive than the combined tickets of traveling from Shanghai to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to Shanghai," Wang told China Daily during an earlier interview, expressing his aspiration to open direct flights across the Taiwan Straits.

"Because of high ticket prices and the short flight distance, flights across the Taiwan Straits are one of the most profitable routes for Chinese airlines," said Li Lei, an industrial analyst with Minzu Securities.

According to Li, the approximately 2-hour flight to Taiwan is charged equivalent to international flight ticket prices because foreign carriers are not eligible to operate flights across the Taiwan Straits.

Analysts said the global aviation industry is developing in two directions: One is developing large comprehensive airlines with global networks while the other is operating low-cost carriers.

As of the end of 2012, budget carriers in Europe and the United States dominated up to 80 percent of the market share of two- to three-hour flights. Moreover, traditional airlines such as British Airways are copying low cost airlines' business models in their short- to medium-distance routes, a journal run by the Civil Aviation Administration of China reported.

Although the aviation regulator has promised to further lower the threshold for carriers applying for new routes in the second half of the year, Li believes the dominance of the top three airlines won't be changed in the foreseeable future, but he stressed it's a good opportunity for Spring Airlines to open links to Taiwan cities.
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Taiwan airlines join budget race amid shift in demand
2 January 2014
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Two Taiwanese airlines that are playing catch-up in the island's budget flight market are banking on a shift in local passengers' attitudes to discount travel to keep their ventures competitive against 13 foreign rivals that are already offering cut-price services to Taiwan.

The budget newcomers - flagship carrier China Airlines and TransAsia Airways - have been monitoring market demand and have observed a shift in passenger preferences from the costly flexibility of full-service operators to the restrictive cost savings of no-frills carriers.

"Some foreign budget airlines are starting to use this market and Taiwan itself doesn't have one," said Fang Chia-wen, the public relations chief at TransAsia, the island's oldest airline. "There's a demand, so we applied for a licence."

TransAsia got the licence from the island's aviation regulator six months ago and is looking to start services towards the end of this year.

China Airlines would start budget services through a partnership with Singapore-based Tigerair, the parties said in a December 16 statement. The Singaporean carrier will take a 10 per cent stake in the venture, which will be based locally with paid-up capital of NT$2 billion (HK$518 million).

The venture, known as Tigerair Taiwan, would operate as a no-frills carrier on international routes in Northeast Asia where the Singaporean airline wanted to expand services, the statement said, forecasting flights to Japan and South Korea. Neither side would discuss proposed fares.

TransAsia has yet to decide on operating details such as flight destinations, service frequencies and fares.

Demand would come largely from Taiwanese backpackers, said Tina Chen, an aviation analyst with SinoPac Securities in Taipei.

Passengers traditionally paid more for the right to change dates or seats, she said, but younger solo travellers were bringing about a change in attitudes.

"The Taiwanese carriers once didn't want to touch this market, but they can see that there's money so now they want to come in," Chen said.

Budget carriers in China normally charge 30 per cent less than the market rate because they do not provide food, entertainment or duty-free shopping.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration has yet to approve the Tigerair venture, which, like TransAsia's, would require proof of air safety and a business plan outline.

Discount flights offered by the Taiwanese carriers were likely to start with major Asian cities, but not to the mainland, where local passengers were willing to pay for full-fare services, Chen said.

Foreign budget carriers have worked those intra-Asian routes since 2004.

However, two mainland discount carriers, Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines, aimed to offer services to Taiwan, aviation officials in Taipei have said. Their arrival is expected to cut fares for the average Shanghai-Taiwan return flight from NT$15,000 to less than NT$10,000.

Still, the airlines may face resistance from travellers who have found reasons to be wary of discount services. Taiwanese who have tried out budget flights warn of tacked-on ticket taxes, long layovers and steep charges for excess baggage.

Taiwanese surfer and innkeeper Chris Hsia encountered all three on NT$6,000 budget flights to Bali through Singapore. He is thinking of switching to a mainstream carrier next time - not the Singapore discount airline that flew him there before with surfboards in tow.

"It takes forever because of the layover," Hsia said. "Prices are not that much different when it comes to taxes and shipping."

Han Cheng-hua, a deputy section head in charge of licensing airlines for the civil aviation authority, said Taiwan had no quota on the number of budget airlines it could permit. That leaves the gates open to any applications from EVA Airways or Mandarin Airlines, two other major carriers in the island.

The authorities would consider a quota only if supply exceeded demand, Han said.

"We need to see the market demand. And if there's saturation, we would go back and review permit rules, but not at this point," he said. "A lot of younger people want to go overseas for cheaper. The full fares are pretty expensive for them."
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