TransAsia Airways (Taipei) has announced the name of its new low-fare subsidiary. The name V air (Wei Hang) was selected through a contest. A new logo will be developed. Two winners were announced and will receive free travel. The “V” is representative of the word “victory” and the well-known “V” hand signal according to the press release written in Chinese. The new airline is expected to launch operations later this year.
China Airlines‘ (Taipei) Board of Directors has elected company President Huang-Hsiang Sun as its new chairman.
According to the carrier, “Sun joined China Airlines in1970 and has assumed various leadership positions in the China Airlines Group and affiliated companies. Over the past four decades, he has served as vice president of China Airlines’ Passenger Sales and Corporate Planning divisions; general manager of China Airline’s Europe and San Francisco branch offices; vice president of Mandarin Airlines; president of Formosa Airlines and TransAsia Airways; and CEO of Yangtze River Express Airlines. Sun became president of China Airlines in June 2008 and will continue to assume this role until a new president is appointed.”
Sun immediately set up a team to study the possibility of a new low-cost joint venture possibly with TransAsia Airways (Taipei).
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. China Airlines’ Airbus A340-313X B-18801 (msn 402) taxies at Amsterdam.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) is promoting a duty free shop area on Kinmen Island featuring the famous wind lion god figure as the mascot. Three ATR 72-212s will featured this unusual logo.
According to Wikipedia, Kinmen or Quemoy is a small archipelago of several islands administered by Republic of China (Taiwan): Greater Kinmen, Lesser Kinmen and some islets. The islands are located off the coast of mainland China.
Kinmen is known for its shisa (wind lion god) figures.
Top and Bottom Copyright Photos: Manuel Negrerie. A close-up and ramp view of ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) B-22805 (msn 558) with the wind lion god logo.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The aircraft was delivered at a ceremony in Toulouse today (November 26) attended by TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent Lin.
The pictured A330-343X will be the first widebody aircraft to be operated by TransAsia. Featuring a high comfort two class layout seating 300 passengers, the aircraft will initially fly on services from Taipei to Japan and Singapore. These will be followed by new longer range operations to destinations currently under consideration, including Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Middle East. TransAsia has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its A330s.
TransAsia Airways currently operates scheduled services to 46 destinations across Asia with a modern fleet that already includes nine A320 Family aircraft. In addition to its new A330s, the carrier has orders for 18 A321s for future delivery, comprising six A321ceo and 12 A321neo.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured A330-343E F-WWCX (msn 1357) became B-22101 on delivery today. The jetliner is also wearing the new 2012 livery for the carrier.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) of Taiwan has placed a firm order with Airbus for another six A321neo aircraft. The new aircraft will be part of the airline’s fleet expansion and will allow it to develop new routes to regional destinations. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt and Whitney PW1100G engines.
The latest contract takes TransAsia Airways’ total orders for Airbus single aisle aircraft to 29, of which 11 have already been delivered. The carrier’s single aisle backlog now comprises 12 A321neo and six Sharklet-equipped A321ceo. In addition, the airline also has two widebody A330-300s on order, with first delivery scheduled later this year.
Top Image: Airbus. TransAsia has introduced a new livery with the first Airbus A330-300 (below).
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-343E F-WWCX (msn 1357) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight. The new type will become B-22101 on delivery.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) has signed a contract for eight firm 72-seat ATR 72-600s, plus an option for one additional ATR 72-600. The deal, including the option, is valued at over $ 210 million. Deliveries of these new ATR -600s will start in 2014 and extend through 2017. With the purchase of these aircraft, TransAsia Airways will progressively replace their current fleet of nine ATR 72-500s operating in their domestic network with the new aircraft.
Top Image: ATR.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. The older ATR 72s will be replaced with the new ATR 72-600s for mainly domestic routes in Taiwan. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) B-22802 also carries a special 60th Anniversary decal.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) will launch four new flight routes (including China) on November 3, including Taoyuan-Hsuzhou, Kaohsiung-Hanoi, Kaohsiung-Nanning, and Kaohsiung-Hefei.
The airline is expanding and adding new aircraft. TransAsia will accept two Airbus A330-300s and six A321s starting in the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition, the company will receive six new A321neo aircraft by 2020 according to this report by CENS.com.
Established in 1951, ironically the name of the airline in Chinese, 復興航空, literally means “the airline of the restoration of glory” reflecting the desire of the Nationalists of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to return to China after the Nationalist forces retreated to offshore Taiwan and the Communists took control of mainland China.
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. The ATR 72-500s are mainly operated on domestic routes. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) B-28802 (msn 525) carries an additional “60th Anniversary” logo.