TransAsia Airways

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TransAsia Airways
復興航空
Transasia airways logo.jpg
IATA
GE
ICAO
TNA
Callsign
TransAsia
Founded 1951
Hubs Taipei Songshan Airport
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Fleet size 21 (+25 order,3 options)
Destinations 33
Parent company Goldsun Construction & Development
Headquarters Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan
Website http://www.tna.com.tw

TransAsia Airways (TNA; traditional Chinese: 復興航空; simplified Chinese: 复兴航空; pinyin: Fùxīng Hángkōng) is an airline based in Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan. Though the company started its operations focussing mainly on the domestic market, it now has more than 15 scheduled international routes and focusses mainly on Southeast and Northeast Asia and cross-strait flights.

History[edit]

TransAsia headquarters

TransAsia was formed in 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.[1]

In January 2014, the airline announced plans to launch a budget airline named V Air.[2]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The headquarters are located in Neihu District, Taipei.[3][4]

Previously the headquarters were in Datong District, Taipei.[5][6][7]

Operations[edit]

ATR-72 from TransAsia Airways taking off from Kaohsiung

Besides flight operations, TransAsia Airways operates as a local agent in Taiwan for some foreign airlines, such as Thai Airways International.[8] 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.

Destinations[edit]

TransAsia Airways operates the following scheduled and charter services:

Former destinations

Fleet[edit]

Airbus A321 aircraft of TransAsia

The TransAsia Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 2014):

TransAsia Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Order
(Options)
Seats[9] Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-232 4 1 12 138 150 Deliveries in 2014
Airbus A321-131 5 - 12 170 182
Airbus A321-200 1 5 - 194 194 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
ATR 72-500 7 - - 72 72 Being replaced by ATR 72-600 through 2016
ATR 72-600 2 7(+3) - 72 72 3 will be delivered before the end of 2014
Total 21 25(+3)

TransAsia Airways' average fleet age was 10.7 years old as of April 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[edit]

  • 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.[10]
  • 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.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cantle, Katie (6 January 2012). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways mulls A380 order". Air Transport World. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "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.)"
  4. ^ "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"
  5. ^ "foot_01.gif." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "Address: 9F, No. 139, Cheng-Chou Rd., Taipei 103, R.O.C"
  6. ^ "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"
  7. ^ "foot_01.gif." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "台北市鄭州路139號9樓"
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ TNA official fleet page
  10. ^ Aviation Safety Council-Occurrence Investigations
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ [3]

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