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Old December 20th, 2011, 04:08 AM   #41
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CAA says more flights to Shanghai are on the way
Taipei Times

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said that Taiwanese airlines would be able to add additional flights to Shanghai to meet rising demand because of the presidential election and the Lunar New Year holiday, despite the fact the increased number would exceed the quota agreed in cross-strait negotiations.

The agency said the additional flights would be offered between Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 to facilitate the transportation of passengers during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Taiwanese carriers had applied to offer 87 additional cross-strait flights. China will provide 151 additional flights during the same period.

China has capped the number of flights to or from six popular airports, including Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Based on the cross-strait agreement, each side is only allowed to dispatch 50 additional flights departing from or heading to Shanghai.

However, the agency said that flights from Shanghai between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13 were all full because many Taiwanese businesspeople wanted to return and vote in the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 14.

Taiwanese carriers, including China Airlines (CAL), EVA Airways and TransAsia Airways, have used up their quota for Shanghai to meet the demand.

The agency said EVA had applied to have four more flights between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Shanghai, as well as two between Kaohsiung International Airport and Shanghai.

Both CAL and TransAsia are planning to have seven additional flights operating between Taoyuan and Shanghai and two additional flights between Taichung and Shanghai.

The carriers need permission from both Taipei and Beijing to offer these additional flights.

The agency said the quota for Shanghai could be readjusted if there was an increase in demand.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 04:11 AM   #42
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They dont have English but luckily they do have Korean, they fly to Seoul and Fukuoka.
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^ Hmm ... no Taipei 101!
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:08 AM   #48
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Direct flight launched between Chinese mainland's Lanzhou, Taipei


Passengers from Taipei of southeast China's Taiwan wave to camera after arriving at Zhongchuan Airport of Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, Jan. 11, 2012. A regular direct flight route was opened between Lanzhou and Taipei by the Hainan Airlines on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Meng)

LANZHOU, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A direct flight was launched between the Chinese mainland's far western city of Lanzhou and Taipei Wednesday to meet increasing market demand.

The mainland-based Hainan Airlines operates the new direct air route between Taipei and Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, with a round-trip flight each week, a company spokesman said.

The flights will be offered until March 24 this year, the spokesman said, without specifying the reason for the given date or whether the company would continue providing the service after that point.

Far Eastern Air Transport, based in Taiwan, plans to launch two direct flights between Taipei and Lanzhou every week, but the date of the maiden flight is yet to be decided, a spokesman with the Gansu Airport Group said in November last year.

This is the first time that flights will be offered between Zhongchuan Airport in Lanzhou and Taipei since the airport was established in 1970.

The regular flights are expected to be popular not only with people in Gansu wishing to travel to Taiwan, but also with people in the neighboring provinces.

Gansu is home to Dunhuang, which boasts the world-renowned Mogao Grottoes and beautiful oases.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #49
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CAL, EVA post sales decline, despite passenger growth
Taipei Times

Despite posting record-high levels in passenger revenue for last year, overall sales of the nation’s two largest airlines both fell from a year ago amid persistently weak demand for their cargo businesses.

China Airlines Ltd (CAL), the nation’s largest air carrier, on Monday posted NT$11.5 billion (US$383.35 million) in revenues for last month, up 0.67 percent from a year ago and 10.56 percent from a month earlier, according to data provided by the company.

That brought revenue at the air carrier for last year to NT$132.3 billion, down 4.23 percent from the previous year, CAL data showed.

Passenger revenue grew 7 percent from a year earlier to NT$80.9 billion last year, the highest level in the company’s history, while cargo revenue shed 18.3 percent year-on-year to NT$46.39 billion.

EVA Airways Corp (EVA), Taiwan’s second-largest carrier, also posted a similar results last year.

It reported NT$102.2 billion in revenues last month, down 2.12 percent from a year earlier, according to the company’s financial data released on Monday.

Revenue from EVA’s passenger business hit a record high of NT$59.51 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago.

Revenue at its cargo business declined 11.5 percent year-on-year to NT$36.56 billion.

Last month, EVA posted NT$8.56 billion in revenues, down 1.28 percent from a year ago, but up 7.8 percent from a month earlier, data showed.

Primasia Investment Consultancy Co said any recovery in the cargo sector would be unlikely in the first half of this year.

“Given the fragile global economic conditions, with European sovereign debt repayments expected to peak in the first half of the year, along with slowing Taiwanese exports, the airfreight business for Taiwanese airlines will remain sluggish,” Primasia said in a research note on Tuesday.

On the passenger side, the consultancy expected the sector to benefit from additional cross-strait flights and the Taiwan-Japan open skies agreement, although downside risk exists as passenger sales performance historically lags cargo business.

However, despite the growing importance of the Chinese market for Taiwan’s airline sector, Primasia said there would not be a significant post-election rally for the airline sector, even if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and President Ma Ying-jeou win.

“Any impact from further deregulation in cross-strait flights will not be as significant as earlier deregulations to Taiwan airlines’ operations,” Primasia said, adding that the current quota of 558 flights a week already covers 78 percent of total cross-strait demand.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #50
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Direct flights link mainland's Haikou with Kaohsiung

HAIKOU, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- A new air route opened Saturday between Haikou, capital of China's southernmost island province Hainan, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

Taiwan's Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is operating the new air route, with two round-trip direct flights a week, company sources said at Saturday's launch ceremony at Haikou's Meilan Airport.

The flights are scheduled for every Wednesday and Saturday, and a one-way trip takes about two hours.

Airport authorities in Haikou said four other airline companies are operating flights between Haikou and Taiwan province, including China Airlines, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

A FAT spokesman said the company plans to open more routes between the mainland and Taiwan, including direct flights from Hefei, Chengdu and Nanning to Kaohsiung, and from Guiyang to Taipei.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:44 AM   #53
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Thu, Feb 02, 2012
EVA Airways eyes China growth
BUSINESS PLAN:EVA’s president said that President Ma’s re-election would promote cross-strait relations making it possible to expand on the current 558 flights a week
Taipei Times

EVA Airways Corp (EVA, 長榮航空), the nation’s second-largest air carrier, expects to increase flights on all cross-strait routes to at least three a week, thereby enhancing economies of scale and boosting passenger traffic, a company official said yesterday.

Meanwhile, EVA is likely to announce its membership of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world, before the end of the first quarter, another driver of passenger business, EVA president Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒) said.

Chang did not provide details of how EVA would benefit from its membership of the alliance.

The nation’s largest air carrier, China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), joined the SkyTeam Alliance, the other major global airline alliance, in September last year. At that time, CAL president Sun Hung-hsiang (孫洪祥) said joining the alliance would boost its revenue by an estimated NT$1 billion to NT$2 billion (US$33.68 million to US$67.35 million) this year.

Commenting on future expansion in China, Chang said: “For those routes in China on which we now operate one or two flights a week, we hope to raise weekly flights to three.”

At present, the air carrier has just one or two flights a week from Taoyuan to Xian, Kaohsiung to Zhengzhou, Kaohsiung to Kunming and Kaohsiung to Tianjin.

Chang made the remarks on the sidelines of a press conference promoting its popular “Hello Kitty” aircraft.

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) re-election would help maintain a stable relationship between Taiwan and China, further driving up the possibility of increased flights, from the current quota of 558 flights a week across the Taiwan Strait, Chang said.

However, Chang said he did not see much demand for flights to more destinations in China, as current cross-strait routes served almost all provincial capitals.

In addition, Chang said he expected the company’s passenger sector revenue to remain as strong as last year, with cross-strait routes the main driver in the first half of the year.

Japanese routes would be the other main focus for EVA’s passenger business this year, Chang said, adding that revenue from Japanese routes this year is expected to rebound to the level before the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March last year.

Nevertheless, Chang was more pessimistic about the company’s cargo business this year amid the continuous uncertainties facing the global economy.
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Airline revenue rises with Lunar New Year travel
TURBULENCE: Despite improved revenue from passenger business, the prospects for EVA’s cargo business this year are poor amid economic uncertainty
By Amy Su / Staff Reporter
Taipei Times

Revenue at the nation’s two largest airlines rose last month from the same period the previous year, as the Lunar New Year holidays drove up passenger numbers, offsetting weakness in the cargo business.

EVA Airways Corp (EVA, 長榮航空), the nation’s second-largest carrier, yesterday posted NT$9.11 billion (US$308.6 million) in revenue for last month, up 5.46 percent from a year ago and 6.37 percent from a month earlier, data provided by the company showed.

Last month’s revenue was the highest level on record for January, the data showed.

Revenue from the passenger business climbed 18.9 percent from a year earlier and 16.24 percent from a month earlier to NT$6.04 billion, reflecting traditionally strong seasonal demand for January, led by the Lunar New Year holidays.

The increase in passenger business last month confirmed the views of EVA president Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒).

“Other than strong demand led by the Lunar New Year, revenue from the passenger sector rebounded last month, as more Taiwanese arranged trips abroad and more Chinese tourists scheduled trips to Taiwan following the presidential election,” Chang told a news conference earlier this month.

However, he remained pessimistic about the company’s cargo business this year, amid ongoing uncertainty facing the global economy.

Revenue from its cargo business last month, which fell by 19.8 percent year-on-year and by 13.83 percent month-on-month to NT$2.43 billion, was in line with expectations Chang said.

China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), the nation’s largest air carrier, also reported results last month that showed a similar trend.

The company reported NT$11.36 billion in revenue last month, up 2.93 percent from a year earlier, according to financial data released on Thursday.

However, the air carrier’s revenue dropped 1.2 percent last month compared with the previous month, with the cargo business down 28 percent.

On an annual basis, revenue from CAL’s passenger business increased 17.66 percent to NT$8.06 billion last month, while its cargo sector posted NT$2.88 billion, down 24.21 percent from the previous year.

Facing weak demand in the cargo sector, CAL said earlier this month that it had taken two cargo aircraft out of active service and put them into protective storage in the US, which will save NT$2 billion a year in costs, the company said.

Revenue at TransAsia Airways Corp (復興航空) totaled NT$809.6 million last month, up 18.18 percent from a year earlier and 11.67 percent from a month earlier, the company’s stock exchange filing showed yesterday.
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EVA hopes for approval to fly via China airspace

EVA Airways Corp (EVA, 長榮航空), the nation’s second-largest air carrier, has high hopes of getting permission this year to fly through China’s airspace to help save fuel costs, although there are still some hurdles to overcome, a company official said yesterday.

The air carrier is also hoping Taiwan will become a major transit center for Chinese tourists, the official said.

“We hope the government will speed up negotiations with China so that we can see some big breakthroughs on these two issues by the end of the year,” EVA president Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒) told a media briefing.

QUOTA INCREASE

Chang said President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) re-election would help maintain a stable relationship between Taiwan and China, further boosting the possibility of increased cross-strait flights from the current quota of 558 a week.

For long-distance flights, such as routes to Paris and New York from Taiwan, getting permission to fly through China’s airspace could help local carriers save fuel costs, Chang said.

“Taking EVA’s Taipei-Paris route as an example, flying through China’s airspace could take 30 minutes off the flight time and save the company NT$100 million [US$3.39 million] a year,” Chang said, adding that the move would be convenient for tourists, as well as more energy efficient.

In addition, Chang said Taiwan could become a major transit point for Chinese tourists if Beijing eases travel restrictions for those from second and third-tier cities so that they can transfer via Taiwan without having to obtain exit and entry permits.

EVA chairman James Jeng (鄭光遠) shared Chang’s thoughts.

“Currently, many Chinese tourists flying to the US choose to transfer through Seoul’s Incheon International Airport,” Jeng told reporters. “Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport should also play this role to drive up the airport’s passenger flow.”

Chang said he knows difficulties in cross-strait negotiations remain, as the Chinese government also hopes to gain favors from Taiwan in exchange for relaxing these policies.

However, even without these new initiatives, cross-strait routes are still expected to be the main driver for the company’s passenger business, Chang said, adding that revenue from the passenger sector could grow by about 10 percent this year.

SHIPPING INDUSTRY

Separately, Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh (謝志堅) said he expected the container shipping industry to rebound moderately this year amid improving freight rates.

Evergreen Group includes Evergreen Marine Corp (長榮海運), the nation’s largest container shipping firm in terms of fleet scale.

Hsieh said several global container shippers had cut freight rates in recent years to pursue greater market share, but had only eroded the industry’s profitability.

However, that trend began to change this year, Hsieh said, adding that major global container shippers recently reached a consensus to slow the growth in capacity supply and raise freight rates to help drive up profits.

RATE AGREEMENT

Last week, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), an Asia-based transpacific consortium with 15 member shippers, including Evergreen and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp (陽明海運), announced an industry-wide rate increase for Asia-Europe routes next month.

The group also recommended rate increases next month for routes to the US’ west coast and to other US destinations in yearly contract negotiations in May.

“We see the TSA announcement as confirmation that carriers are determined to push freight rates back to break-even points,” Primasia Securities Co analyst Freddy Yam said in a note yesterday.

“While we view the TSA move as positive, the sustainability of any rate increases will require more aggressive capacity idling by the industry because container capacity is expected to accelerate this year and next, outpacing estimated growth in demand,” Yam said.
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TransAsia inks engine agreement
GREENER PLANES:The Pratt & Whitney engines could help its A321 planes benefit from a 15 percent reduction in fuel burn, cutting operating costs
Taipei Times

TransAsia Airways Corp (復興航空), one of the nation’s leading international air carriers, yesterday signed a US$300 million agreement with United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney, one of the major players in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, to purchase 27 engines for its 12 new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The Taiwanese carrier also inked a deal with International Aero Engines AG, a subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney, to buy another 12 engines for the other six A321 aircraft it ordered last year.

The delivery of the engines in the two deals is scheduled to start in 2017, TransAsia said in a statement.

“We have adequate funding to pay for the engines without having to resort to borrowing,” TransAsia chairman Vincent Lin (林明昇) told a press briefing after the signing ceremony held at the Singapore Airshow. “We are very excited to be one step closer to delivery.”

The engines TransAsia has purchased from Pratt & Whitney could help its A321neo planes benefit from 15 percent reductions in fuel burn compared with regular engines, further driving down environmental emissions, engine noise and the company’s operating costs, Lin said.

The agreement signed with Pratt & Whitney also included a 10-year maintenance deal for the planes, with the company promising to train TransAsia’s maintenance group to help the Taiwanese carrier offer the safest service possible.

This facilitates TransAsia’s plan to operate its own maintenance hangar at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lin said.

However, Lin said he could not specify the exact time frame for the opening of the hangar, as he has no idea on how long it would take the airport to hand over the designated land to TransAsia, or even if the airport would approve the plan.

“Once the airport decides to allocate the land to us, we will be able to launch the project within a year,” Lin said.

Currently, the carrier has orders for 20 new planes, on top of the 18-plane fleet it has in operation. Other than the 18 A321 series aircraft, there are two A330-300 planes still to be delivered, with the first due in November.

The orders reflect TransAsia’s plan to fly to all major Asian cities within a nine-hour radius of Taiwan over the next five years, Lin said, adding that the destinations are expected to include cities in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

“I expect the regional destinations covered by TransAsia to double from the current 20,” Lin said.

Lin said the number of seats on TransAsia flights would grow by about 20 percent year-on-year, until the carrier owns enough aircraft to reach its goal.

TransAsia posted NT$629.33 million (US$21.3 million) in net profit, or NT$1.31 in earnings per share, in the first three quarters of last year, its biggest-ever profit.

TransAsia shares rose 3.3 percent to close at NT$21.9 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.
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Fuel feud leaves tourists stranded at Angkor Wat
LEASE:Far Eastern Air Transport accused Tonlesap of failing to pay US$100,000 in fuel charges and suspended flights. The Cambodian airline denies the allegations
Taipei Times

More than 200 Taiwanese tourists traveling to and from Angkor Wat in Cambodia were delayed yesterday after Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) unexpectedly suspended its flights to the world heritage site.

The Taiwanese airline, which resumed services in April last year, leased one of its aircraft and cabin crew to Tonlesap Airlines in Cambodia, which offers charter flights to Angkor Wat.

However, the Cambodian carrier has failed to pay FAT accumulated fuel charges of NT$3 million (US$100,000), FAT said.

FAT’s decision to suspend the flights delayed trips for 255 Taiwanese tourists, Tonlesap Airlines said.

FAT spokesperson Kevin Yang said the company had been trying to collect the charges from Tonlesap, but the Cambodian carrier had ignored the requests.

“The payment was due on Monday and Tonlesap has not paid the money owed. We decided to stop the service,” Yang said, adding that the company was a victim as well.

Tonlesap denies the allegations. The Cambodian airline said in a statement that it had paid FAT about NT$4.43 million as a guarantee, adding that a dispute remained over about NT$1 million.

Tonlesap said it had tried to negotiate with FAT, but it had yet to receive any goodwill response from the Taiwanese company.

“We sent a legal attestation letter to FAT on Monday requesting it to resolve the dispute based on the terms of the contract,” Tonlesap said in a statement. “FAT’s unilateral act has damaged the interests of the passengers. We will actively protect the passengers and seek restitution from FAT.”

The unexpected move by FAT angered tourists who had arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport early in the morning to catch the flight.

“If they wanted to cancel the flight, they should have told us at least a day in advance,” an angry female passenger told a reporter. “Now we’re here and have already taken days off from work and they tell us the flight has been canceled. What’s this?”

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Tonlesap had dispatched a Boeing 737-200 aircraft to carry the Taiwanese passengers back to Taiwan, which was scheduled to arrive at Taoyuan at 7:15pm yesterday, adding that the Cambodian airline must bring back all the stranded Taiwanese tourists at Angkor Wat who were scheduled to board its flight.

The CAA has also asked Tonlesap to provide a copy of its flight schedule from now until the end of this month so that it could monitor its service.

The CAA added that while it would not intervene in the dispute, it would accept passenger complaints and help them seek compensation from Tonlesap.

The agency said that while it had heard rumors of the dispute between the two airlines, it did not expect FAT to suspend the flight service this way.

FAT said that Tonlesap is run by Alex Lou, who is accused of involvement in siphoning funds belonging to FAT three years ago.

After being detained for two months, Lou was released on NT$4 million bail and barred from leaving the country.

FAT said that it then sought compensation of NT$790 million from Lou after the airline resumed operations last year. Lou then convinced FAT he could help the carrier expand its operations by negotiating aviation agreements with Cambodia, Palau and other countries, and was able to go to these countries because of the petition from FAT, it said.

Aside from the unpaid bills, FAT also accused Lou of insider trading of FAT shares and transferring those gains to Tonlesap and other airlines he owns, adding that it had requested prosecutors to investigate Lou.

The CAA said FAT’s finances were not sound, adding that it had failed to keep a cash flow of NT$150 million, one of the main requirements the CAA had insisted on for FAT to continue operations.
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