Mandarin Airlines was established on June 1, 1991 and was originally a joint venture of China Airlines and the Koos Group. The Chinese name of Mandarin Airlines was therefore created as a synthesis of characters from both investors. In the beginning, Mandarin Airlines mainly operated direct flights from Taipei to Canada’s Vancouver, Australia’s Sydney and Brisbane with large aircraft.
On October 31, 1992 the China Trust Group pulled out their investment in Mandarin Airlines, thus turning the airline into a company wholly owned by China Airlines.
On August 8, 1999, Mandarin Airlines merged with Formosa Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW B-16829 (msn 19000302) of Mandarin Airlines arrives back at the Taipei (Sung Shan) base. B-16829 is painted in the special Sun Moon Lake/Mt. Jade color scheme.