Taiwan’s Uni Air plans new routes, to expand fleet in 2013

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Taiwanese carrier Uni Air, a subsidiary of Eva Air, plans to add new international services and increase its fleet of turboprops during 2013.

An official told Flightglobal that the airline plans to launch new services from Taichung to destinations in Northeast and Southeast Asia, once the airport opens its international terminal in March 2013.

It will also launch a daily Taichung-Macau service on 25 December, using Boeing MD-90 aircraft.

The airline plans to increase frequencies on a number of its existing services, and launch new services to mainland China. The launch of new services will depend on results from the next negotiation between Taiwan and China for additional air traffic rights.

Innovata Schedules show that Uni Air currently flies to 12 destinations in mainland China, including Shenzhen, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

Over the next year, Uni Air will receive six more ATR 72-600s, complementing the two ATR aircraft it has now, adds the official. The ATR 72-600s will also be used to replace the carrier's Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s.