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Old January 9th, 2014, 02:24 AM   #201
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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?
The aircraft in question that have the registration numbers on the front of the plane are the McDonnell-Douglas MD-90s by EVA Air and its subsidiary, Uni Air. Perhaps those were placed on the front since putting them on the rear (particularly on the engines) could be defaced, if not charred into ruins if it meets a serious accident (not to mention it will make aircraft ID easier should it run into problems). Typically, such registrations are placed on the end of the aircraft, but, it's a good idea that those registration numbers are placed where they are to avoid confusion for aircraft repairmen.

And by the way, a new livery aircraft for China Airlines (nighttime shot):

China Airlines A330-300E, "Welcome to Taiwan" (reg. B-18355)

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Old February 15th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #204
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EVA plans to offer its private carrier services to public
13 February 2014
Taipei Times

EVA Airways Corp, the nations second-largest carrier, yesterday said it planned to expand the cargo terminal customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) services of its Sky Jet Center to cater to civil aviation passengers.

The airlines Sky Jet Center at Taipei International Airport is an all-inclusive private jet terminal that offers CIQ services to business or private travelers, as well as management services for private jets.

Various international celebrities, such as Lady Gaga and Tom Cruise, have commissioned EVA to cater to their travel needs when they flew to Taiwan in private aircraft.

EVA has expanded the coverage of its CIQ services to general passengers, with related services expected to cover passengers taking domestic flights starting from next month, the airline said in a statement.

Following the Sky Jet Centers acquisition of a certificate to operate premier business jets, EVA said the center may service a total of 200 aircraft a month in five years, from 80 planes a month currently.

EVA posted NT$10.6 billion (US$349.3 million) in consolidated sales last month, up 7.1 percent from a year earlier and 2.6 percent from a month earlier, the companys stock exchange filing showed.

The carrier has been launching different services, either in the Sky Jet Center or in the premium passenger sector, to build up a niche market to maintain its sales performance and profitability, the airline said.

EVA also announced last week that it won two gold medals for the white wine and champagne it offered in its business class in a competition held by London-based Business Traveller monthly magazine, which examines wines offered by airlines.

In news for other airlines, China Airlines Ltd, the nations largest carrier, posted NT$12.05 billion in consolidated sales last month, 14 percent from a year earlier and 0.5 percent from December last year, the company said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

TransAsia Airways Corp, which focuses on the regional passenger services in Asia, saw its consolidated revenue last month climb 28.58 percent from a year earlier and 13 percent from a month earlier to NT$975.98 million, the company said in a statement.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #205
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Chinese should be allowed to transit in Taiwan: forum
Taipei Times with CNA

Negotiating with China to allow transit stops in Taiwan for Chinese citizens headed elsewhere will be the “most important” transport issue between the two sides, Deputy Transportation Minister Chen Chwen-jing (陳純敬) said on Monday.

Speaking at a forum on economics and finance legislation in the year ahead, Chen said that allowing cross-strait layovers is the next logical step, after the establishment of direct transportation links in late 2008 led to dramatic growth in sea, air, passenger and cargo transportation between the two sides.

“The thing to do next should be expanding the benefits of cross-strait links and soliciting Chinese to travel to other countries via Taiwan,” he said while presiding over the seminar, sponsored by the non-profit Academy of Promoting Economic Legislation.

While Chen called the layovers “the most important of all the important [issues] in cross-strait air transportation talks,” he also said that it will take hard work to accomplish due to mutual issues of political and domestic trust, which are “certainly not easy.”

Also speaking at the event, National Chiao Tung University professor Feng Cheng-min (馮正民) said that if a breakthrough can be achieved in passenger and cargo transit, Taiwan will be able to develop a niche market in transportation logistics.

Roger Han (韓梁中), senior vice president of China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest air carrier, said that Taiwan and China have made great strides in cross-strait transportation links and have found solutions to more than 80 percent of the problems they once faced.

Han expressed hope that transport ties can continue to generate economic benefits — particularly through transit stops.

He said that only Chinese are barred from making transit stops at Taiwan’s airports, which he said was both “strange and unreasonable.”

Taiwanese can now transit to Europe via China, but Chinese passengers still cannot go to a third destination via Taiwan.

“The most convenient route for people in Xiamen to travel to the US is via Taiwan, not Beijing,” Han said.

The obstacle is that China requires its citizens to have an entry permit for Taiwan, even for a transfer — though they are allowed to transfer in Taiwan when heading back to China from abroad, he said.

Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said that he is not against cross-strait talks, but the government should ensure that Taiwan is in the most favorable position in negotiations.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chen Ken-te (陳根德) said that cross-strait talks should not be hostage to politics, and that the government should act irrespective of politics to obtain the best conditions for businesses.
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Two budget carriers to take off
The two carriers, V air and Tigerair Taiwan, have to undergo a final five-stage examination by the Civil Aeronautics Administration before they can launch
18 February 2014
Taipei Times

The nation may see two domestic budget carriers launch begin operations in the fourth quarter, following China Airlines Ltd (CAL, ) receiving permission from the Civil Aeronautics Administration last week to set up a low-cost airline.

Eyeing the rising demand and potential in the low-cost carrier market, TransAsia Airways Corp (TNA, ) announced in November last year that the agency had given it the go-ahead to establish a budget-carrier subsidiary under the brand name V air.

We hope to launch official operation in September, if everything goes smoothly, TNA public relations office vice president Alison Kao told the Taipei Times by telephone yesterday.

The carrier hopes to see V air, in which it has invested about NT$2 billion to NT$3 billion (US$66.01 million to US$99.06 million), start official operations by the end of this year, Kao added.

CAL, the nations largest airline, is also accelerating the launch of its own low-cost carrier.

The carrier unveiled its plan in December last year to set up a low-cost carrier venture with Tiger Airways Pte of Singapore with a paid-up capital of NT$2 billion, branded Tigerair Taiwan.

Tigerair Taiwan sent its application to the aeronautics administration before the Lunar New Year holiday and received permission to operate last week. It aims to start operations in the fourth quarter.

Both V air and Tigerair Taiwan are proceeding to a five-stage examination by the administration, after which permission to launch official business will be granted or denied.

They both plan to build a fleet mainly led by Airbus SAS 320 or 321 series planes.

The single-aisle aircraft is suited for regional routes of about five hours flying time the focus of most budget carriers.

V air plans to either rent or buy two Airbus SAS 320 or 321 series aircraft for its first year of business, mainly operating routes to Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, Kao said.

The company is set to recruit a total of 60 pilots and flight attendants by the end of next month, she added.

Tigerair Taiwan is also to recruit a similar number of crew for its plan to buy three A320 series aircraft in its first year of business, with the fleet expected to total 12 planes in 2016 or 2017.

The carrier aims to launch regular routes in countries with open-skies agreements with Taiwan.

Both budget airlines will have their own promotional ticket prices and packages, with details to be confirmed later this year.
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Chinese passenger layovers in Taiwan a step closer: SEF
Taipei Times with CNA

Both sides of the Taiwan Strait agreed to hold further talks on the possibility of layovers for Chinese passengers in Taiwan, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) officials announced yesterday.

Foundation President Lin Join-sane (林中森) met with China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming (陳德銘) yesterday at the Grand Victoria Hotel for the 10th round of high-level talks between the two organizations.

The organizations agreed to share the responsibility for further negotiations, SEF Vice Chairman Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) said during a media briefing after Lin and Chen had concluded their meeting.

“Allowing Chinese travelers to make layovers in Taiwan would help the development of the cross-strait aviation industry,” Chang said.

At present, Taiwanese can make transit stops in China en route to other countries, but China has banned its nationals from doing so in Taiwan.

Taipei has been asking Beijing for many years to allow its people to make stopovers in Taiwan, but a consensus between the SEF and the ARATS was never reached. Beijing had not touched on the issue until Chang and his ARATS counterpart met earlier this month in China.

Taiwan also accepted a Chinese proposal to explore new cross-strait routes and shorten travel times to meet increasing demand between the two sides, Chang said.

However, he said the examination of that issue does not mean Taiwan will allow planes to directly cross the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

At the moment, direct flights between Taiwan and China must be routed over the East China Sea or South China Sea rather than directly across the Strait, because of national security concerns, which adds significant time to cross-strait flights.

The median line concerns national security and “there was currently no room for negotiation,” Chang said, adding that this had been fully communicated to ARATS members.

The matter of increasing flights “would not, and could never be, tied in with Chinese tourist layovers in Taiwan,” Chang added, to say that the two matters were entirely separate.
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EVA not interested in budget airline business: chairman

Taipei, March 4 (CNA) EVA Airways, Taiwan's second largest airline, said Tuesday it has no plans to enter the low-cost carrier sector, despite efforts by two other airlines to launch budget services this year.

"EVA wants to be recognized and appreciated by the world as a high-quality airline company," chairman Chang Kuo-wei said in a press briefing on EVA's annual outlook.

Hoping to stand firm on its current market segmentation, Chang said EVA is looking to follow a service-oriented model, following regional competitors such as Singapore Airlines, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways and Japan's All Nippon Airways.

Even as China Airlines, the nation's largest, and the relatively small TransAsia Airways are planning low-cost subsidiaries, Chang feels budget airlines do best in developing countries with large consumer bases and relatively low expectations for service quality.

He added that Taiwan's slow progress in transforming itself into an international transit hub could hamper development of low-cost airlines.

Last year, TransAsia became the first Taiwanese airline to announce it would set up a low-cost subsidiary, with an expected launch by the end of this year.

China Airlines also announced later in the year that it was entering a joint venture with Singapore's Tiger Airways with an investment of NT$1.8 billion (US$59.6 million) to take a 90 percent stake in what will be called Tigerair Taiwan.
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Off-peak flight costs could be discounted 30 to 50%
Taipei Times

Airlines could soon offer discounts of between 30 percent and 50 percent for off-peak flights, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday.

Since January, domestic flight ticket prices have risen between 2 percent and 10 percent.

Although the agency had approved the change in ticket prices last year, it also asked the airlines to give domestic early birds a 30 percent discount when traveling during off-peak hours.

For example, passengers flying from Taipei to Kinmen in off-peak hours could see the cost of a ticket reduced from NT$2,400 to NT$1,200, if a 50 percent discount is applied.

Meanwhile, the agency said it has reached an agreement for shortening the time allowed for passengers to return tickets with the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee.

Under the current terms of the contract, domestic flight tickets are valid for one year, and passengers can request to return tickets one year after the expiration date.

The change in terms would lower the operational risks for the airlines and give them greater flexibility to offer cheaper tickets, the agency said.

The change is expected to be finalized by the end of June, the agency added.
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Probe into flight mishap points to training oversight
19 March 2014
Taipei Times

Failure to turn off a malfunctioning air-conditioning system in time was found to be the reason behind an abnormal rise in temperature in the cockpit of a TransAsia Airways flight last year, which led to an emergency landing at the Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), the Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said in its investigation report yesterday.

The council said that the passenger flight of the ATR-72 aircraft was scheduled to fly from Songshan airport to Kaohsiung International Airport on July 1 last year. The high temperature alarm went off after takeoff, which caused the pilots to request to return to Songshan airport. The aircraft landed safely.

The investigation found that both the temperature sensor and the temperature control device of the air-conditioning system on the left side of the aircraft were malfunctioning, which caused the heat to continue coming out of the draft. The pilots also failed to turn off the malfunctioning No. 1 air-conditioning system, which resulted in the persistent increase in temperature in the cockpit.

Investigators also found that the operation manual of the ATR aircraft, as well as that of TransAsia Airways, both failed to list the standards that should be used to differentiate different types of smoke in the cabin, nor did they identify the standard operating procedure that the pilots should follow when handling smoke from unidentified sources.

The airline also failed to indicate clearly in its pilot training that the pilots need to follow standard operating procedures when dealing with smoke of unidentified sources, the council said.

The airline informed the ASC in an e-mail dated Feb. 16 that it had amended the ATR Flight Crew Manual following the incident to tell pilots the standard operating procedures to follow when encountering smoke in the cabin.

The pilots will be trained and tested to follow the procedures, the airline added.
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Off-peak flight costs could be discounted 30 to 50%
24 March 2014
Taipei Times

Airlines could soon offer discounts of between 30 percent and 50 percent for off-peak flights, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday.

Since January, domestic flight ticket prices have risen between 2 percent and 10 percent.

Although the agency had approved the change in ticket prices last year, it also asked the airlines to give domestic early birds a 30 percent discount when traveling during off-peak hours.

For example, passengers flying from Taipei to Kinmen in off-peak hours could see the cost of a ticket reduced from NT$2,400 to NT$1,200, if a 50 percent discount is applied.

Meanwhile, the agency said it has reached an agreement for shortening the time allowed for passengers to return tickets with the Executive Yuans Consumer Protection Committee.

Under the current terms of the contract, domestic flight tickets are valid for one year, and passengers can request to return tickets one year after the expiration date.

The change in terms would lower the operational risks for the airlines and give them greater flexibility to offer cheaper tickets, the agency said.

The change is expected to be finalized by the end of June, the agency added.
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I think EVA Air should strategically enter the low cost carrier market. They are going to miss a big chunk of the pie if they do not. People going on regional holidays would not mind taking LCC because its cheap and the flight distance is short
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TransAsia opens office in Osaka, to add flights to Tokyo

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said Friday that it has opened a representative office in Osaka, Japan, to show its ambition to extend its reach in the Japanese market.

In addition, TransAsia will boost the number of round-trip flights to Tokyo to two per day starting from July, up from the current one round-trip flight, on the back of rising demand.

The Osaka office is part of efforts to boost the carrier's visibility in the Japanese market after it raised the number of round-trip flights to the Japanese city in March to two from one per day, TransAsia said.

The office is TransAsia's second foothold in Japan after the carrier set up a branch in Tokyo in March 2012.

TransAsia President Chooi Yee Choong said the establishment of the Osaka office shows that the carrier has put great emphasis on Japan's Kansai region, adding that the Tokyo branch and the Osaka office are expected to serve as dual drivers of the carrier's business growth in Japan.

In terms of the expanded services to Tokyo, TransAsia said it will use A330-300 aircraft on one of the two round-trip flights to the Japanese capital to cope with rising passenger demand.

TransAsia has also added 20 round-trip flights per month on the route between Taipei and Okinawa during the May-July period.

It added that due to strong demand, it is possible that TransAsia will keep the current schedule for the Okinawa route through August.

TransAsia also provides seven round-trip flights per week to Asahikawa, Hakodate, Sapporo and Kushiro in Hokkaido Prefecture.

With the summer vacation approaching, TransAsia said its flights to these Japanese cities have been 85 percent booked for July and August.
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Ministry honors Chin for contributions to civil aviation
4 June 2014
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The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday awarded a First-Grade Transport Professional Medal to 101-year-old Chin Moon Fun, one of the cofounders of TransAsia Airways, for his outstanding contributions to the nations civil aviation industry.

Chin, who flew in from San Francisco to accept the award in person, said in a speech that he was honored to witness the development of the nations civil aviation industry.

Chin was the first recipient of a commercial aviation license in Taiwan and cofounded the first civil carrier in 1951, Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Jean Shen said.

He was one of the rare people who knew not only how to fly and repair an aircraft, but also how to manage an airline company, Shen said. In the 1930s, he accomplished many impossible missions, despite the poor navigation equipment at the time.

Shen mentioned one of Chins assignments in 1952 as an example, in which he was ordered to bring supplies to the town of Mong Hsat in northern Myanmar (Burma), where the Chinese Nationalist Army stationed in southwest China retreated following the Civil War in China. To save on gas, Chen kept his plane at a low altitude of less than 152m over the Taiwan Strait and flew along the Mekong River to Mong Hsat.

He said he was able to reach Mong Hsat by applying IFR meaning I follow the river, not the aviation term instrument flight rules, Shen said.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih said he was inspired by Chens spirit of adventure, which was founded on his knowledge of flying.

Retired aerospace engineer Wang Li-jen, who has written two books on Chin, said Chin returned to China in the 1930s after he finished his training at the Curtis Wright Flying School in Baltimore, Maryland. Chin worked as a pilot and aircraft maintenance technician at the China National Aviation Corp (CNAC) and had trained late Republic of China (ROC) Air Force General I Fuen in 1939.

During that time, Chin witnessed how the Chinese pilots were being unfairly treated, despite the fact that they did the same amount of work as foreign pilots, Wang said.

Although Chin was trained as a civil aviation pilot, Wang said Chin was commissioned by the Chinese Nationalist government to bring supplies to different zones in China during World War II.

According to Wang, Chin had flown over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains, also known as the Hump among the Allied Forces during World War II, to provide logistics support to southwest China in 1942.

In the same year, he was ordered to rescue CNAC workers and equipment in Myitkyina in Myanmar and pick up late US lieutenant general James Doolittle at Chongqing to bring him to Calcutta India.

Wang said TransAsia Airways was founded on the request from the governments intelligence service.

Many of the secret agents were unable to leave China after 1949, so the government wanted him [Chin] to operate seaplanes to offer supplies to these people or send new agents in and bring the old ones out, Wang said. So at the initial stage, 80 percent of the airlines operation was to carry out tasks that the ROC Air Force could not do.

TransAsia was also actively engaged in the rescue efforts over the sea in the 1950s, Wang said.

TransAsia Airways has also built airports in Lishan and Sun Moon Lake, and founded in 1966 its catering services to offer meals on international flights. The airline is now owned by Goldsun Development and Construction Corp, which took over its operations in 1983.
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Sun, Jul 20, 2014
FEATURE: Taitung railway might cost airlines
Taipei Times

As the electrified railway line between Hualien and Taitung has shortened travel time from Taipei to Taitung from 4.5 hours to 3.5 hours, some have speculated whether this might spell the end of flight services between the two cities.

A Taitung resident surnamed Hsu (許) said that he would probably choose the Puyuma Express more often than flying to Taipei now that the train travel time has been reduced.

“If I am not in a hurry, I think three-and-a-half hours [of travel time] is bearable,” he said.

Though the flight between Taipei and Taitung is only 45 minutes, Hsu said that a round-trip ticket costs NT$4,500 to NT$4,900, whereas a return ticket on the Puyuma Express costs only NT$1,566.

There are only six daily flights from Taitung to Taipei, Hsu said, with the earliest departing from Taitung at 8:30am.

He said that flights depart every two hours after the first plane leaves, with each aircraft only able to carry 70 to 100 passengers.

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on Wednesday increased the number of Puyuma Express trains to 12 per day on weekdays and 18 daily on weekends and holidays. Each Puyuma Express train has 376 seats, with the first train departing from Taitung at 5:12am.

Aside from the Puyuma Express trains, the railway operator said it is to simultaneously increase other train services to Taitung.

Overall, the new train schedule raised transport capacity between Taipei and Taitung by 18 percent on weekdays and 40 percent on weekends and holidays, the TRA said.

A Taipei resident surnamed Chung (鍾), who takes business trips to Taitung two or three times per week, said he would probably stop taking the Taipei-Taitung flights because of the faster train service, citing reasons other than the price.

“Though it takes less than an hour to travel to Taitung by plane, I need to be at [Taipei International Airport] Songshan airport at least 40 minutes before boarding,” Chung said. “To arrive at the airport, I need to change MRT trains twice, which is a hassle when carrying luggage. That does not include delays in flights that happen from time to time. On arriving back in Taipei, it takes at least 20 minutes to travel to downtown from the airport. It is more convenient to travel by train,” Chung said.

Speculation on the imminent demise of the flights was not groundless.

The launch of the High Speed Rail (HSR) system in 2007, for example, eventually caused domestic carriers to cancel flights between Taipei and Greater Kaohsiung, with the final flight made in 2012.

Jason Chang (張學孔), a civil engineering professor and director of the Advanced Public Transport Research Center at National Taiwan University, said flights to the east coast would remain competitive even with the faster train service because of tourists and business travelers.

“In general, railway operators can beat the domestic flights if the former can offer a service lasting less than 150 minutes,” Chang said. “However, if the railway service takes more than 150 minutes, it will face competition from civil aviation services.”

Civil Aeronautics Administration deputy director-general Fang Chih-wen (方志文) said the change to the transport system on the west coast was very different from that on the east coast.

“It takes 90 minutes to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung on the HSR. A Taipei to Kaohsiung flight, on the other hand, takes about an hour. To travelers, the difference is not significant,” Fang said. “However, the travel time from Taipei to Taitung on the Puyuma Express is much longer, so the aviation service still has an advantage.”

Fang said the TRA would monitor the changes in the occupancy rates of flights between Taipei and Taitung to determine if the faster railway service affects demand for them.

Uni Air (立榮航空), one of the carriers offering flights between Taipei and Taitung, said it has not seen any change to traveler numbers using its service after the Hualien-Taitung line was launched, adding that flights and railway services attract different passengers.
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