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  • Taiwan calls for more consolidation

    News | 31 Mar 2004 23:00

    <p>Taiwan's government is again calling for mergers among the country's loss-making domestic airlines, five years after an initial wave of consolidation.</p> <p>The Civil Aeronautics Administration in February oversaw a meeting with representatives of the four domestic carriers, at which it again brought up the issue of mergers. The meeting did not result in any progress, however.</p> <p>Taiwanese airlines have been losing money on domestic routes for years and competition is expected to increase after a high-speed railway opens in 2005 operating on the main domestic route between Taipei and Kaohsiung. The government has called several times over the years for airlines to consider mergers, although its calls have fallen on deaf ears.</p> <p>The four domestic operators are Far Eastern Air Transport, Mandarin Airlines, TransAsia Airways and UNI Airways. Some believe not all will be able to survive after the rail line opens.</p> <p>Mandarin is controlled by international carrier China
  • Taiwan's airlines - Fight for survival

    News | 26 Mar 2001 23:00

    <p>Taiwan's domestic carriers are under real pressure as revenues decline</p> <p>Brent Hannon/TAIPEI</p> <p>Five years ago, nine airlines flew the skies of Taiwan, offering low fares, high frequencies, and a service that was generally on-time and reliable. Despite the intense competition - six airlines once flew the Tapei-Kaohsiung route - most of the domestic carriers posted solid annual profits in the mid-1990s. Taiwan was considered a paragon of airline deregulation, and was held up as an example for other Asian countries to follow. </p> <p>Today the situation is very different. Just four airlines fly domestic routes, and all are struggling to make money. The four carriers - UNI Air, Mandarin Airlines, TransAsia Airways, and Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) - last month cut a combined 47 flights per week, yet their aircraft remain just half full. </p> <p>According to Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), the number of domestic passengers fell by 18.6%, from 16.1 millio
  • Taiwan's EVA Air finds itself in favour as CAL struggles

    News | 11 Sep 2000 23:00

    <p>Brent Hannon/TAIPEI</p> <p>Taiwan's two biggest airlines have experienced a politically-inspired reversal of fortune in the last few months which could see EVA Air, founded in 1991, threaten the dominance of 40-year-old flag-carrier China Airlines (CAL). </p> <p>Both airlines are comfortably profitable. But while EVA finds itself in favour with the new Taiwanese Government and president Chen Shui-ban (a former lawyer with EVA's owner the Evergreen Group), CAL has seen its management team deposed because of its close links with the previous Nationalist government. </p> <p>With Chen using EVA for foreign trips and still close to Evergreen chairman Chang Yung-fa, who he visited just days after his election, EVA, Taiwan's number two airline, suddenly has a hotline to the top. CAL, meanwhile, is struggling to find its feet under new president Christine Tsung, who lacks an airline background. </p> <p>Under Tsung, plans to sell a stake in CAL to a foreign carrier have been delayed, thr
  • CAL suffers wholesale management changes

    News | 17 Jul 2000 23:00

    <p>Brent Hannon/TAIPEI</p> <p>Sweeping changes have left China Airlines (CAL) with a new board and a new chairman and president. </p> <p>The politically inspired moves have seen CAL president Sandy Liu replaced by Christine Tsung, a former consultant to the Kaohsiung city government, who has no previous airline experience. </p> <p>CAL chairman Chiang Hung-i is replaced by Lee Yun-ling, a long-time CAL employee and former vice-president of Far Eastern Air Transport. More changes are likely, says an airline source. </p> <p>Incoming Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian has also replaced all but one of the nine members of the China Aviation Development Foundation board, which administers 71% state-owned CAL, setting the stage for a reshuffle of the 11-member CAL board. Only Chiang is due to retain his place. </p> <p>Liu's two-year tenure as CAL president saw aggressive cost-cutting and fleet rationalisation, with aircraft types reduced from seven to four and domestic subsidiaries Formos
  • Bad company

    News | 15 Feb 2000 00:00

    Asia's poor safety performers tarnish airlines in the region with good records <p>David Learmount/LONDON</p> <p>By the end of the 1990s, South Asia and Asia Pacific had earned a poor reputation for airline safety, although not all of the region's airlines deserved it, but they suffer for the sins of others, nevertheless. </p> <p>The accident figures that reflect the region's safety experience for the decade raise the question of whether airlines that clearly have a poor corporate safety culture are independently culpable, or whether they merely reflect national attitudes to safety in general. </p> <p>In accident numbers, Indonesia heads Asia Pacific's list of poor performers by a clear margin. Airclaims' <I>World Airline Accident Survey</I> records more than 50 accidents involving Indonesia's airlines during the past 10 years. Of these, 20 were fatal - two involving Indonesia's international flag carrier Garuda. </p> <p>Worst performer </p> <p>Indonesia's worst performer, which
  • Reasons to be fearful

    News | 25 Jan 2000 00:00

    The downward trend of fatality numbers continues, but worries remain over differences in regional safety standards <p>David Learmount/LONDON</p> <p>All is not well with airline safety. Despite fewer fatalities in 1999, accident numbers equalled those in 1998, and some significant international airlines - most notably a few key carriers in the Asia Pacific region - maintain a dogged resistance to safety improvement. It is the impact of these airlines, particularly China Airlines and Korean Air, on passengers' perceptions of worldwide air travel safety which most worries the industry. </p> <p>Organised politico/terrorist hijacking also made an unwelcome return to the international aviation stage in 1999. Only one such event took place during the year - involving an Indian Airlines Airbus A300 in December - but because it was not handled according to established international practice, security experts are worried that it has again made air transport look like an easy and effective ta