|Founded||June 1, 1991|
|Hubs||Taipei Songshan Airport
|Focus cities||Kaohsiung International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Dynasty Flyer|
|Airport lounge||Dynasty Lounge|
|Destinations||34 (including charter flights)|
|Parent company||China Airlines|
|Headquarters||Songshan District, Taipei, Republic of China|
Mandarin Airlines (Chinese: 華信航空; pinyin: Huáxìn Hángkōng) is an airline based in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). The Taiwanese carrier operates domestic and regional international flights, while its parent company focusses on the inter-national/-continental operations. Charter services are also operated by the company. Its other main hub is the Taichung Airport.
Mandarin Airlines was established on 1 June 1991, and was initially a joint venture by China Airlines (67%) and CTBC Holding (33%); the Chinese name of the company is formed by the combination of the two. The establishment of Mandarin Airlines is closely related to the political status of Taiwan. At the time, Mandarin Airlines' parent company, China Airlines, still served as the flag carrier of the Republic of China, with the flag of the Republic of China a part of its livery. Denying the existence of the Taipei government, the People's Republic of China hence attempted to boycott the international presence of China Airlines, using trade barriers to achieve its political goal. However, PRC's objection did not extend to other Taiwanese carriers not carrying the ROC flag. As a way to work around these limits, Mandarin Airlines was founded while China Airlines maintained its role as the flag carrier.
On 16 October 1991, Mandarin Airlines started operations with direct flights from Taipei to Sydney in Australia. The next step was the opening of a direct air route to Vancouver in Canada on 7 December 1991. Thus, Mandarin Airlines became the ROC's first airline to fly direct to Australia and Canada. The China Trust Group pulled its investment in Mandarin Airlines on 31 October 1992, turning the airline into a company virtually wholly owned by China Airlines (90.05%) by December 1992. Also, Mandarin Airlines' role was changed to that of a primary domestic and short-range intra-regional airline, after parent China Airlines was able to re-establish its emphasis on international routes, due to a new livery that did not include the national flag, and thus faced less objection from the PRC.
On 8 August 1999, China Airlines formally merged its subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, with Formosa Airlines under the Mandarin name. Mandarin took over Formosa's domestic operations and aircraft while Mandarin's fleet and most of its international flights were transferred to China Airlines. In early 2000, the airline bought 5 Dornier 228 from Uni Air to fly outlying routes. These planes were sold to Daily Air in 2005, a helicopter carrier in Taiwan which had won the bid to fly these money-losing routes.
Mandarin Airlines operates the following services as of November 2012  The mainland Chinese destinations may include scheduled charter service or indirect routing which transit through non-Chinese countries.
- Hualien - Hualien Airport
- Kaohsiung - Kaohsiung International Airport Hub
- Kinmen - Kinmen Airport
- Makung - Magong Airport
- Taichung - Taichung Airport Focus city
- Taitung - Taitung Airport
- Changsha - Changsha Huanghua International Airport
- Fuzhou - Fuzhou Changle International Airport
- Hangzhou - Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
- Lijiang - Lijiang Sanyi Airport
- Nanjing - Nanjing Lukou International Airport
- Ningbo - Ningbo Lishe International Airport
- Shantou- Jieyang Chaoshan Airport
- Shenyang - Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
- Xiamen - Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
- Zhengzhou - Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
- Ishigaki - New Ishigaki Airport
- Osaka - Kansai International Airport charter
- Tokyo - Narita International Airport
As of November 2012, Mandarin Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
The Mandarin Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:
|ERJ-190||8||0||0||104||104||Leased from GECAS|
|Boeing 737-800||1||0||8||150||158||Operated on May 20, 2013|
Mandarin Airlines announced the lease of 3 Embraer E-190s and 5 Embraer E-195 aircraft from GE Commercial Aviation Services. The aircraft will be used on the dedicated connection flights between Kaohsiung International Airport and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as well as shorthaul routes in Asia, and replace the fleet of Fokker 50 and Fokker 100s. The first of 8 leased Embraer E-190/195s was delivered to the airline in May 2007, the first to a Taiwanese airline. The Embraer E-190s feature a refreshened livery. On October 27, 2009, Mandarin Airlines retired its last Fokker 100 aircraft (B12291), ending this type's 14-year serving era.
Previously operated aircraft include:
Incidents and accidents
- China Airlines Flight 642 crashed while landing at Hong Kong International Airport in 1999, resulting in three passenger deaths. The flight was operated by a Mandarin Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11.
On August 17, 2012, Mandarin Airlines Flight 369 experienced a runway excursion during heavy rain due to improper landing and deceleration technique on runway 20 at Magong airport. The ERJ-190 aircraft was intentionally steered off the side of the runway and struck a the base of four concrete runway lights causing the nose gear to collapse. No injuries were reported for the accident.
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