News Listings for Sunrise Airlines

  • Blocked charter

    News | 14 Feb 2006 00:00

    Red tape hinders the growth of corporate aviation in some Asian countries, but change is coming, albeit slowly, with China and Taiwan drafting new rules
  • Sunrise takes shine to Hawkers

    News | 07 Feb 2006 00:00

    <P>Taiwan’s Sunrise Airlines plans to acquire a Hawker 400XP for delivery this year. Sunrise executive vice-president Wilson Kao says it will use the 400XP on aeromedical evacuation flights, but plans to launch a business jet charter service later. </P> <P>Sunrise operates four Kawasaki BK117 helicopters on aeromedical evacuation flights. It has been evaluating business jets for two years, but delayed acquisition pending the implementation of new regulations, which for the first time will authorise business aircraft charter operations in Taiwan. The new rules have been drafted by Taiwan’s civil aviation authority and submitted to Taipei’s legislature.</P> <P>“We’ll do medevac first and get ourselves positioned for business jet operations,” Kao says. He says Sunrise aims to later acquire larger business jets, such as the Hawker 800 or Bombardier Learjet 60, but only after the new regulations come into effect.</P>
  • Taiwan training to take off with new FlySky academy

    News | 29 Aug 2005 23:00

    <P><STRONG>High-speed rail launch expected to reduce airspace congestion and clear skies for GA</STRONG></P> <P>FlySky Academy plans to open Taiwan’s first professional flight training school next year with a fleet of four Diamond DA40s and two DA42s.</P> <P>Managing director Leo Liu says the DA40s will be delivered in the first quarter of next year and be used to train an initial batch of 100 pilots, who will be enrolling in FlySky’s ground school at the end of this year. FlySky, which now sends its students to the Philippines for flight training, hopes to launch a private pilot course at Taitung in southern Taiwan in the third quarter of 2006 if the government follows through on its promise to open up its airspace to general aviation. A commercial pilot course will be added after the twin-engined DA42s are delivered in late 2006.</P> <P>General aviation access to airspace is made possible by the opening of a high-speed rail line later this year, which is expected to lead to a 40%
  • Taiwan to relax rules on owning business aircraft

    News | 01 Feb 2005 00:00

    <p>Charter market expected to take off as regulations free airspace for private owners</p> <p>Taiwan is preparing to ease at the end of this year regulations restricting business aircraft operations, prompting two local helicopter operators to plan the acquisition of fixed-wing aircraft.</p> <p>Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) late last year drafted new regulations authorising private ownership of aircraft and the establishment of business aircraft charter operations. Taiwan's small general aviation community expects the new regulations, which are now being reviewed by the CAA's legal department and need to be approved by the legislature, to be implemented by early 2006.</p> <p>The CAA refuses to register private aircraft, forcing local corporations to register and base their aircraft overseas. The CAA also does not have any regulations governing private charters, but is proposing to allow existing general aviation operators - which now offer medical evacuation, firef
  • Chinese business jet interest adds to bullish market in Asia

    News | 14 Dec 2004 00:00

    <p>Chinese VIP charter operator Deer Jet is expected to take delivery of a long-delayed Raytheon Premier I in the first quarter. Industry sources say a Chinese company is also planning to take delivery of another business jet in the first quarter and several other corporate deals are in the pipeline. All these jets would be managed by an airline because regulations prohibit companies from operating their own aircraft. There is only one business jet in private operation in China.</p> <p>Market conditions are also improving elsewhere in Asia. Sales executives say 2004 has been their best year since 1997 and 2005 promises to be better. Taiwan's Sunrise Airlines is preparing to order a business jet for a new charter operation and customers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are shopping for aircraft.</p>
  • ABACE - Sunrise Airlines set for Taiwan first

    News | 19 Jul 2004 23:00

    <p>Taiwan's Sunrise Airlines is poised to become the country's first business-jet charter operator, offering international VIP flights from Taipei's Chiang Kai Shek international airport.</p> <p>Executive vice-president Wilson Kao says Sunrise, which now operates four Kawasaki BK117 helicopters on aeromedical evacuation flights, plans to expand into fixed-wing aircraft by year-end. Kao is already in advanced negotiations with one manufacturer to take delivery of a business jet with a range of over 2,780km (1,500nm). </p> <p>The introduction of business jet charters in Taiwan comes as the country's civil aeronautics administration prepares to ease restrictions on business aviation. Current regulations prevent local companies or individuals from registering business jets, while low demand has until now dissuaded existing airlines from expanding into business jet charters.</p> <p>Kao says the market is ready to support international VIP flights from Chiang Kai Shek and he believes dema