Taiwan's China Airlines studies feasibility of launching LCC

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Taiwan's China Airlines has set up a "special team" to evaluate the possibility of launching a low-cost carrier (LCC) in the face of rising competition from such budget operators.

Despite the global trend of passengers taking to cheap air travel, the project needs to be carefully considered since operational conditions of full-service carriers are "completely different" from that of budget carriers, says an airline spokeswoman.

"To operate an LCC requires great assistance and support from the government officials. China Airlines currently has a cautiously optimistic attitude in its evaluation of this project's feasibility," she adds. "The project is still under discussion with no decision made so far."

China Airlines had previously told Flightglobal that it could convert its regional subsidiary Mandarin Airlines into an LCC to compete against budget carriers in the region.

Its peer Eva Air has also said that it is considering doing the same to its regional subsidiary Uni Air.