V Air (subsidiary of TransAsia Airways) (Taipei) will finally launch operations on December 17. The first route will be to Bangkok. The new low-fare airline issued this statement:
V Air, a Taiwan-based low-fare carrier, will launch routes from Taipei to Bangkok on December 17 and from Taipei to Chiang Mai on January 7, 2015 respectively– subject to final Thai Government approvals.
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 B-22608 (msn 6009) displays the bear livery as it arrives in Taipei (Sung Shan).
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.
ROC Aviation’s (Taipei) Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander B-68801 (msn 2255) with three people on board took off this morning from Taipei for a photo flight. The aircraft is now missing and has disappeared off the radar screen. ROC Aviation was operating this single BN-2B-26 Islander.
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. B-68801 is pictured on final approach to Taipei (Sung Shan International Airport) prior to today’s accident.
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.