TransAsia Airways

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TransAsia Airways
復興航空
TransAsia Airways logo.png
IATA
GE
ICAO
TNA
Callsign
TRANSASIA
Founded 21 May 1951
Hubs Taipei Songshan Airport
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Legend Flight Club
Subsidiaries
  • V Air
  • TransAsia Catering Services
  • Legend Travel Service
Fleet size 22
Destinations 33
Parent company Goldsun Construction & Development
Headquarters Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan
Key people Vincent M. Lin (Chairman)
Website http://www.tna.com.tw

TransAsia Airways (TNA; traditional Chinese: 復興航空; simplified Chinese: 复兴航空; pinyin: Fùxīng Hángkōng) (lit. "Revival Airlines) is an airline based in Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan. Though the company started its operations focusing mainly on the domestic market, it now approaches 30 scheduled international routes and focuses mainly on Southeast and Northeast Asia and cross-strait flights.

V Air is a subsidiary budget airline of TransAsia.

History[edit]

TransAsia headquarters

TransAsia was formed on 21 May 1951 as the first private civil airline in Taiwan,[1] 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 a 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.[2]

On 1 November 2011, TransAsia Airways listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

In May 2013, the headquarters moved from Datong District, Taipei to Neihu District, Taipei.[3][4][5][6][7]

In January 2014, the airline announced plans to launch a budget airline named V Air.[8]

Corporate affairs[edit]

ATR-72 from TransAsia Airways taking off from Kaohsiung

Besides flight operations, the airline has undertaken ground handling and ticketing for a number of foreign airlines, such as Thai Airways, Jetstar Airways, XiamenAir, Sichuan Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air.[9] In addition, private jet service is also part of agency services. Since 2006, the airline has cooperated with International SOS to serve medical flights between Mainland China and Taiwan. The airline has begun its catering service near the Taipei SongShan Airport in 1966 and officially named as TransAsia Catering Services in 2002. Legend Travel Service Ltd which found in 2011 is to provide travel and tourism related services under the airline group resources.

Brand and livery[edit]

TransAsia Airways introduced a new livery for both staff and aircraft in 2012. Former SHIATZY CHEN designer Yin Pei Gun is responsible for the new cabin attendant and ground staff uniforms that appeared on August. The new plane's livery which design by Pace Design, a local Taipei company, will be painted on the new Airbus A330, A321ceo, A321neo, and ATR 72-600.

Destinations[edit]

TransAsia Airways operates the following scheduled and charter services:

Former destinations

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Transasia Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

Airbus A321 aircraft of TransAsia

The TransAsia Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 9.4 years (as of February 2015):

B-22816, the aircraft involved in the TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crash, in January 2015
TransAsia Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order
(Options)
Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 4 12 138 150 2 aircraft sold and leased back
1 162 162 (Operated by V Air)
Airbus A321-100 3 12 170 182 All aircraft sold and leased back
Airbus A321-200 2 4 194 194 All orders to be equipped with sharklets
EIS: 2 in 2015, 2 in 2016
(Operated by V Air)
Airbus A321neo 12 TBA Deliveries between 2017 and 2022
Airbus A330-300 2 2 32 268 300 Fitted with the Panasonic eX2 IFE system
Deliveries in 2015
Airbus A330-800neo 4[10] TBA Deliveries from Q4 2018
ATR 72-500 6 72 72 Being replaced by ATR 72-600 through 2016
ATR 72-600 4 4(+3) 72 72 2 will be delivered before the end of 2015
Total 22 26(+3)

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)

Cabin[edit]

Business Class
The seating that offered on the Airbus A330-300 is in a 2-2-2 configuration, using Zodiac Aerospace's 7811 business class seats with a 172-degree recline. Each seat gets an AVOD system with a 15.4-inch monitor, AC and USB sockets, adjustable reading lights and multiple storage bins. The seats on the Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A321-100 used a 2-2 seating configuration, with a 160-degree recline.

Economy Class
It is available on all aircraft, in a 2-4-2 configuration on the Airbus A330-300, a 3-3 configuration on the Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A321-100, and a 2-2 configuration on the ATR series. The seats have a pitch of 30 to 32 inches and a 6-degree recline. The AVOD system is only on the Airbus A330-300, with a 9-inch monitor.

In-flight entertainment
The In-flight entertainment system of TransAsia Airways is named as Sky Legend, uses Panasonic's eX2 IFE system. It contains real-time flight information, music, movies and video games. Sky Legend can represent in English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

In-flight magazines
Renaissance magazine has content in Traditional Chinese, English and Japanese, is a travel magazine that is published by TransAsia Airways. The magazine introduces culture, arts, food, people, design and style from across its destinations.[11]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 30 January 1995, a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-200 (B-22717) crashed into a hillside during flight from Penghu to Taipei. All 4 crew members died.[12]
  • On 6 January 1996, a man, disappointed with domestic political and social developments in Taiwan, hijacked TransAsia Airways Flight 529, an Airbus A321-131, en route to Tainan. He gave a note to one of the flight attendants, claiming to have a bomb. He demanded that the plane be flown to Fujian Province, China. The hijacker agreed to the pilot's suggestion to land in Tainan for refueling and was arrested upon landing.[13]
  • On December 21, 2002, Flight 791, an ATR 72-200 (B-22708), crashed due to icing, during a flight from Taipei to Macau. Both crew members died. 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.[14]
  • On March 21, 2003, Flight 543, an Airbus A321-131 (B-22603) collided with a truck upon landing at Tainan Airport at the end of a flight from Taipei Songshan Airport. The truck trespassed the runway without noticing the incoming plane. None of the 175 passengers and crew died or were 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.[15]
  • On 18 October 2004, Flight 536, an Airbus A320-232 (B-22310), rolled off the runway during landing 321 feet from the end of runway 10 at Taipei Songshan Airport, ending up with the nosegear in a ditch. According to the records in the Technical Log Book of the aircraft, the number 2 engine thrust reverser system malfunctioned and was transferred to deferred defect (DD) item and the thrust reverser was deactivated in accordance with the procedures in the Minimum Equipment List.[16]
  • On July 19, 2005, Flight 028, an ATR 72-212A (B-22805), landed at Taipei Songshan Airport. As the aircraft taxied on Taxiway CC after landing, it made an early right turn onto a service road. The aircraft’s right wing hit a flood light pole and stopped. Two pilots, 2 cabin attendants and 24 passengers were on board. One cabin crew encountered minor injury. The front spar of the right wing of the aircraft was damaged.[17]
  • On July 23, 2014, Flight 222, an ATR 72-500 (B-22810) carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew members from Kaohsiung to Magong crashed[18] near Magong Airport on Penghu Island. Forty-eight 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. This crash is the deadliest for the airline.[19]
  • On February 4, 2015, Flight 235, an ATR 72-600 (B-22816), had an engine failure after takeoff and crashed at 10:56 AM local time into the Keelung River near Taipei, killing 43 of the 53 passengers and 5 crew on board. This is the second deadly crash in 6 months for the airline, prompting the order to ground all of the airline´s ATR Pilots until they have successfully taken part in an oral exam about emergency procedures.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Culpan, Tim (23 July 2014). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Air Crash on Penghu Island Leaves 47 Dead". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Cantle, Katie (6 January 2012). "Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways mulls A380 order". Air Transport World. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  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. ^ 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. 
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  10. ^ "復航力拚2019飛美洲線 明年Q2起有望飛美國關島、天寧島 - 台視財經". 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Renaissance". 
  12. ^ "Accident description of TransAsia Airways incident". Aviation Safety Network (ASN). 30 January 1995. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Aviation Safety Council-Occurrence Investigations". Asc.gov.tw. 2002-12-21. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  15. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A321-131 B-22603 Tainan Airport (TNN)". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  16. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "TRANSASIA AIRLINES FLIGHT GE028 AIRCRAFT TYPE ATR-72 REGISTRATION NO.B-22805 RAMMED INTO APRON FLOOD LIGHT STAND DURING TAXI PHASE IN TAIPEI SONGSHAN AIRPORT". 19 July 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "45 killed in TransAsia airplane mishap". Indiasnaps.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  19. ^ "Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people"

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