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  • Taiwan calls for more consolidation

    News | 01 Apr 2004 00:00

    <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
  • Boeing plans Asian sales tour for 717

    News | 02 Sep 1999 04:19 | Nicholas Ionides

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Boeing is seeking approval from the governments of China, Taiwan and India for an October sales tour of the 717-200.</P> <P>Boeing China spokesman, Tom McLean, says from Beijing that approval is being sought from Chinese authorities to have the 100-seater brought into the country for four days from 10 October. He says it is expected the China tour will cover four cities over four days.</P> <P>McLean says the aircraft will then be flown to Taiwan and India for similar sales pitches provided regulatory approvals are granted, with the demonstration programme ending around 20 October.</P> <P>Boeing has yet to make a 717 sale in Asia and has not secured an order for the regional twinjet this year. The aircraft, formerly the MD-95, was yesterday jointly certificated by the US FAA and Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities and is "now ready to enter passenger service with airlines in the US and Europe", Boeing says.</P> <P>Deliveries to launch cust
  • Taiwan's CAA begins investigation into MD-90 fire

    News | 25 Aug 1999 07:42 | Ben McMillan

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>An investigation has begun in Taiwan into a fire aboard a UNI Airways Boeing MD-90 that broke out shortly after landing yesterday, injuring 28 passengers and damaging the aircraft beyond repair.</P> <P>A spokesman for Taiwan's CAA says the authority's aviation safety consul is investigating the fire, which occurred yesterday at approximately 12:40 local time on landing at Hualien, in the south-east. The MD-90 was operating as flight B7-873 from Taipei.</P> <P>The spokesman declines to disclose any preliminary findings on the cause of the fire, as does UNI spokeswoman, Mandy Yu, who separately denies reports in local media that the blaze had already begun as the aircraft was on its final approach and that it was probably caused by an explosive device.</P> <P>"We are still unable to confirm anything at the moment," says Yu, adding that "there was no irregular situation before".</P> <P>"Everything was going smoothly, with the aircraft taxiin
  • MD-90 cabin fire on landing injures 28 in Taiwan

    News | 24 Aug 1999 09:24 | Ben McMillan

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>A fire broke out on board a Boeing MD-90 of EVA Airways' subsidiary UNI Airways shortly after landing in southern Taiwan this afternoon, injuring 28 of the 90 passengers on board.</P> <P>A UNI spokeswoman says from Taipei that the aircraft was operating as flight B7-873 to Hualien from Taipei. Upon touch-down at Hualien at 12:40 local time, the spokeswoman says, a flight attendant reported a fire in an overhead bin and called for an evacuation.</P> <P>"After landing the cabin attendant looked from the cabin and in the overhead bin there was some fire," the spokeswoman says. "There was an evacuation but some passengers were injured in the fire."</P> <P>She says 28 people were injured - some with burns - adding that three are in a serious condition in hospital.</P> <P>The spokeswoman has no immediate information on the state of the aircraft, except to say that "there was a big fire".</P> <P>The International Aero Engines V2500-powered twin
  • CAL subsidiaries to merge this weekend

    News | 06 Aug 1999 11:35 | Nicholas Ionides

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Consolidation efforts in Taiwan are to get a boost at the weekend with the start of a year-long process to merge Mandarin Airlines and Formosa Airlines.</P> <P>The two companies, both closely linked to national carrier China Airlines (CAL), are to be "formally merged" into one company on 8 August, says CAL spokesman Charles Hsu, although he says it is in reality "only a starter day".</P> <P>CAL currently holds a 100% stake in Mandarin and a 42% stake in Formosa, with another 42% owned by computer monitor-maker ADI Group. Through the merger, CAL's shareholding in the enlarged carrier, also to be called Mandarin Airlines, will be reduced to 90% following a share swap. Hsu says from Taipei that CAL intends to further reduce its holding to "less than 70% by the end of this year".</P> <P>"Shares will be sold to some potential investors who have an interest in a long-term investment," he says, adding that investors have yet to be identified.</P>
  • China Southern begins merger talks with Air China

    News | 21 Jul 1999 00:00

    <p>Chris Jasper/SHANGHAI</p> <p>China Southern Airlines has confirmed that it has held talks with flag carrier Air China over a possible merger that would bring together two of the country's three biggest airlines. </p> <p>China Southern says that its parent, Southern Airlines Group, has held preliminary talks with Air China which may or may not lead to a strategic relationship. </p> <p>Guangzhou-based China Southern issued the statement after asking for trading in its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange to be suspended for a day on 9 July, following the disclosure of its plans in <I>Flight International</I>. When trading resumed, the carrier's share price jumped and closed 8.5% up. Details of the merger scheme were first revealed by <I>Flight International's</I> sister on-line service <I>Air Transport Intelligence</I>.</p> <p>The merger, which would effectively float ailing Air China, is understood to have government backing, although industry sources say senior airline manager