Taiwan's TransAsia eyes services to Middle East and Australia

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Taiwan's TransAsia Airways is looking to fly to destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Guam and the Middle East as part of its plans to grow into a more global carrier.

Initially, the Airbus A330-300 will be used on its services from Taipei to Singapore and Japan, but the aircraft's versatility will allow the airline to add more medium and long-haul destinations, says the carrier's chairman Vincent Lin.

"In the near future, we are also looking to further expand our network to include destinations within 9h radius from Taiwan, including Sydney, New Zealand, Guam and Middle East," he adds after welcoming the airline's first A330, which was handed over in Toulouse on 26 November.

In addition to a second A330 that will be delivered in March 2013, the airline says it will add six Airbus A321s, 12 A321neos and eight ATR 72-600s to its fleet between 2013 and 2022.