TransAsia Airways

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For the defunct Kazakhstan airline, see Trans-Asia.
Not to be confused with Transavia.
TransAsia Airways
TransAsia Airways logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 21 May 1951
Frequent-flyer program Legend Flight Club
  • V Air
  • TransAsia Catering Services
  • Legend Travel Service
Fleet size 21
Destinations 33
Parent company Goldsun Construction & Development
Headquarters Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan
Key people Vincent M. Lin (Chairman)

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.


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] However, the new budget airline will be closed on 1 October 2016 and merged with TransAsia.[9]

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.[10] 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.


TransAsia Airways operates the following scheduled and charter services:

Terminated route
City Country Airport Refs
Osaka  Japan Kansai International Airport
Tokyo  Japan Narita International Airport
Okinawa  Japan Naha Airport
Sapporo  Japan New Chitose Airport
Hakodate  Japan Hakodate Airport
Asahikawa  Japan Asahikawa Airport
Jeju  South Korea Jeju International Airport
Macau  Macau Macau International Airport
Palau  Palau Roman Tmetuchl International Airport
Siem Reap  Cambodia Angkor International Airport
Taipei  Taiwan Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Taipei  Taiwan Taipei Songshan Airport
Taichung  Taiwan Taichung Airport
Kaohsiung  Taiwan Kaohsiung International Airport
Kinmen  Taiwan Kinmen Airport
Hualien  Taiwan Hualien Airport
Makung  Taiwan Makung Airport
Shanghai  China Pudong International Airport
Shanghai  China Hongqiao International Airport
Xuzhou  China Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Changsha  China Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Wuhan  China Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Tianjin  China Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Hefei  China Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Chongqing  China Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Guiyang  China Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Hangzhou  China Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Fuzhou  China Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Xiamen  China Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Nanning  China Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Zhangjiajie  China Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
Wuxi  China Sunan Shuofang International Airport [11]
Bangkok  Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport
Chiang Mai  Thailand Chiang Mai International Airport
Phuket  Thailand Phuket International Airport
Phnom Penh  Cambodia Phnom Penh International Airport
Chengdu  China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Kunming  China Kunming Changshui International Airport
Yichang  China Yichang Sanxia Airport
Manado  Indonesia Sam Ratulangi International Airport
Surabaya  Indonesia Juanda International Airport
Ishigaki  Japan Ishigaki Airport
Kushiro  Japan Kushiro Airport
Obihiro  Japan Obihiro Airport
Kota Kinabalu  Malaysia Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Kuching  Malaysia Kuching International Airport
Yangon  Myanmar Yangon International Airport
Cebu  Philippines Cebu International Airport
Clark Freeport Zone  Philippines Clark International Airport
Laoag  Philippines Laoag International Airport
Manila  Philippines Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Singapore  Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Busan  South Korea Gimhae International Airport
Muan  South Korea Muan International Airport
Yangyang  South Korea Yangyang International Airport
Da Nang  Vietnam Da Nang International Airport
Hanoi  Vietnam Noi Bai International Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Transasia Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Airbus A321 aircraft of TransAsia

The TransAsia Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2016):

B-22816, the aircraft involved in the TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crash, in January 2015
An Airbus A330-300 taxiing to the runway at Toulouse in 2013
TransAsia Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order
Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 12 138 150 2 aircraft will be retired in 2016
162 162
Airbus A321-100 2 12 170 182 To be phased out by 2016
Airbus A321-200 3 1 194 194 EIS: 1 in 2016
Airbus A321neo 6 TBA Deliveries from 2017
Airbus A330-300 4 2 32 268 300 Fitted with IFE system (AVOD)
Out of service in October 2016[12]
2 30 255 285
Airbus A330-800neo 4 TBA Deliveries from 2019
ATR 72-600 7 3 72 72 EIS: 3 in 2016
Total 21 14


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.[13]

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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16][dead link]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • On July 23, 2014, Flight 222, an ATR 72-500 (B-22810) carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew members from Kaohsiung to Magong crashed[20] 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.[21] The cause was the pilot's intentional descent below minimum descent altitude during an approach in a storm.[22]
  • 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]


  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. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "TransAsia Airways Adds Taipei - Wuxi Service from July 2015". 4 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "TransAsia Airways cuts capacity to improve finances". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Renaissance". 
  14. ^ "Accident description of TransAsia Airways incident". Aviation Safety Network (ASN). 30 January 1995. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Aviation Safety Council-Occurrence Investigations". 2002-12-21. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  17. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A321-131 B-22603 Tainan Airport (TNN)". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  18. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "45 killed in TransAsia airplane mishap". Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  21. ^ "Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people"
  22. ^ "Report: Intentional descent below MDA in thunderstorm causes ATR-72 CFIT accident in Taiwan". Aviation Safety Network News. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 

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