|Founded||21 May 1951|
|Hubs||Taipei Songshan Airport
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
|Fleet size||21 (+23 order,3 options)|
|Parent company||Goldsun Construction & Development|
|Headquarters||Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan|
TransAsia Airways (TNA; traditional Chinese: 復興航空; simplified Chinese: 复兴航空; pinyin: Fùxīng Hángkōng) (lit. "Revival Airlnes) is an airline based in Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan. Though the company started its operations focusing mainly on the domestic market, it now has more than 15 scheduled international routes and focuses mainly on Southeast and Northeast Asia and cross-strait flights.
TransAsia was formed on 21 May 1951 as the first private civil airline in Taiwan, flying the Taipei - Hualien - Taitung - Kaohsiung route. It also served as local agent of foreign airlines and provided airport ground handling services for foreign airlines.
Air services ceased in 1958 when the management of the airline decided to concentrate their attention on their agency businesses. It established its airline meal catering services in the same year.
Domestic flights resumed in 1988, after an 30 year absence from the market. In 1991, the first ATR 72 aircraft joined the airline. In 1992, unscheduled charter services to international destinations, including Laoag, Manila, Cebu, Phnom Penh, Surabaya, Yangon, Phuket, Danang and Manado started. The Airbus A320 joined the fleet, becoming the airline's first jet.
First scheduled international services started in 1995 to Macau and Surabaya. In early 2012, the airline was reported to be considering an order for Airbus A380 aircraft to facilitate expansion to the United States.
Besides flight operations, TransAsia Airways operates as a local agent in Taiwan for some foreign airlines, such as Thai Airways International. It also has an airport ground handling services branch, an airline meal catering branch at Taipei and Kaohsiung, and an aircraft maintenance and engineering branch.
TransAsia Airways operates the following scheduled and charter services:
- People's Republic of China
- Changsha - Huanghua International Airport
- Chongqing - Jiangbei International Airport
- Fuzhou - Changle International Airport
- Guiyang - Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
- Hangzhou - Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
- Hefei - Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
- Nanning - Nanning Wuxu International Airport
- Quanzhou - Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport
- Shanghai - Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport
- Tianjin - Binhai International Airport
- Wuhan - Tianhe International Airport
- Wuxi - Sunan Shuofang International Airport
- Xiamen - Gaoqi International Airport
- Xuzhou - Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
- Yichang - Yichang Sanxia Airport
- Zhangjiajie - Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
- South Korea
- Former destinations
- Cambodia - Phnom Penh International Airport
- China - Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Kunming Changshui International Airport
- Indonesia - Sam Ratulangi International Airport (Manado), Juanda International Airport (Surabaya)
- Japan - Ishigaki Airport, Kushiro Airport, Obihiro Airport
- Malaysia - Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Kuching International Airport
- Burma - Yangon International Airport
- Philippines - Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, Laoag International Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)
- Singapore - Singapore Changi Airport
- South Korea - Gimhae International Airport (Busan), Muan International Airport (Kwangju), Yangyang International Airport
- Vietnam - Da Nang International Airport, Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
The TransAsia Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 9.9 years (as of August 2014[update]):
|Airbus A320-200||5||4||—||12||138||150||2 aircraft sold and leased back|
|1||—||162||162||(Operated by V Air)|
|Airbus A321-100||4||—||12||170||182||All aircraft sold and leased back|
|Airbus A321-200||1||5||—||194||194||All orders to be equipped with sharklets
EIS: 1 in 2014, 2 in 2015, 2 in 2016
(Operated by V Air)
|Airbus A321neo||—||12||TBA||Deliveries between 2017 and 2022|
|Airbus A330-300||2||—||32||268||300||Fitted with the Panasonic eX2 IFE system|
|ATR 72-500||6||—||—||72||72||Being replaced by ATR 72-600 through 2016|
|ATR 72-600||3||6(+3)||—||72||72||2 will be delivered before the end of 2014|
On November 16, 2010, the airline ordered 6 A321's and 2 A330-300's. The aircraft will be used primarily on direct services between Taiwan and China, as well as on new regional routes. The A330 planes are flying on TPE-BKK as well as several Taiwan-Japan routes (e.g. TPE-KIX, TPE-CTS)
Accidents and incidents
- TransAsia Airways cargo flight 791, an ATR 72-200, crashed due to icing on December 21, 2002, during a flight from Taipei to Macau. Both crew members were killed. The plane encountered severe icing conditions beyond the icing certification envelope of the aircraft and crashed into sea 17 km southwest of Makung city. The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan investigation found that the crash was caused by ice accumulation around the plane's major components, resulting in the aircraft's loss of control. The investigation identified that flight crew did not respond to the severe icing conditions with the appropriate alert situation awareness and did not take the necessary actions.
- TransAsia Airways flight 543, an Airbus A321 (B-22603) collided with a truck upon landing at Tainan Airport at the end of a flight from Taipei Songshan Airport on March 21, 2003. The truck trespassed the runway without noticing the incoming plane. None of the 175 passengers and crew were killed or injured but the two people inside the truck were injured in the collision. The aircraft was damaged severely in the accident and was written off.
- On July 23, 2014, TransAsia Airways Flight 222, an ATR-72-500 aircraft carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew members from Kaohsiung to Magong crashed near Magong Airport on Penghu Island. 47 people were confirmed dead while at least 7 of the 11 survivors were seriously injured. Some reports suggest there were also 5 casualties on the ground when the plane impacted residential buildings.
- Culpan, Tim (23 July 2014). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Air Crash on Penghu Island Leaves 47 Dead". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Cantle, Katie (6 January 2012). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways mulls A380 order". Air Transport World. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Shu-fen, Wang and Maia Huang (23 January 2014). "Taiwan's first low-cost airline to be named 'V air'". Central News Agency. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "foot_01.gif." (English) TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on March 2, 2014. "Address: No. 9, Sec. 1, Tiding Blvd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City 11494, Taiwan (R.O.C.)"
- "foot_01.gif." (Chinese) TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on March 2, 2014. "公司地址: 北市內湖區堤頂大道一段9號"
- "foot_01.gif." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "Address: 9F, No. 139, Cheng-Chou Rd., Taipei 103, R.O.C"
- "09-guestbook.aspx." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "地址：台北市大同區103鄭州路139號9樓"
- "foot_01.gif." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "台北市鄭州路139號9樓"
- "TransAsia Airways Cancels Koror Service from late-August 2014". Airline Route. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Aviation Safety Council-Occurrence Investigations". Asc.gov.tw. 2002-12-21. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A321-131 B-22603 Tainan Airport (TNN)". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- "45 killed in TransAsia airplane mishap". Indiasnaps.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people"
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