ATR and Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines, a regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, has signed a contract for the purchase of six ATR 72-600s, valued at some $160 million (US).
With the acquisition of these brand new ATR -600s, Mandarin Airlines becomes a new member of the ATR family. The aircraft will operate within Taiwan’s domestic network, featuring the highest standards of passenger comfort and the most advanced technologies. With its new fleet of ATR 72-600s, Mandarin Airlines will benefit from the lowest operating costs among all 70-seat regional aircraft, and will be able to compete in a highly challenging market with cutting-edge and affordable air services.
Besides the contract signing, ATR is also willing to provide engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.
Mandarin Airlines (Taipei) will start Taichung-Seoul (Incheon) flights on April 6 per Airline Route. The new route will operate with Embraer ERJ 190s and operate four times a week.
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.