|Hubs||Taipei Songshan Airport
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
|Fleet size||16 (+14 order)|
|Parent company||Goldsun Construction & Development|
TransAsia Airways (TNA, T: 復興航空, S:复兴航空, P: Fùxīng Hángkōng) is an airline based in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. It mainly serves the domestic market but also has limited scheduled and charter international services to China, East Asia, and Southeast Asia destinations.
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The name of the airline in Chinese, 復興航空, literally means "the airline of the restoration of glory". It was named for the desire and determination of the Nationalists to return to and recover China after retreating to Taiwan and losing the mainland to the Communists.
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.
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:
- Changsha - Huanghua International Airport
- Chengdu - Shuangliu International Airport
- Chongqing - Jiangbei International Airport
- Fuzhou - Changle International Airport
- Hangzhou - Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
- Hefei - Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
- Kunming - Kunming Changshui International Airport
- Nanning - Nanning Wuxu International 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
- Zhangjiajie - Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
- South Korea
- Former destinations
- Cambodia - Phnom Penh International Airport
- Indonesia - Sam Ratulangi International Airport (Manado), Juanda International Airport (Surabaya)
- 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 - 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 (as of October 2011[update]):
TransAsia Airways' average fleet age was 11.9 years old as of June 2013[update].
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.
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- Cantle, Katie (6 January 2012). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways mulls A380 order". Air Transport World. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- TNA official fleet page
- Aviation Safety Council-Occurrence Investigations
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