Air New Zealand has announced it will fly up to five times a week between Auckland and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport from November 2018, with flight NZ77 departing Auckland at 10:35 am and arriving in Taipei at 4:50 pm local time. NZ78 will depart Taipei at 6:30 pm local time, arriving in Auckland at 10:20 am +1.
With a flight time of just over 11 hours, the service from Auckland to the central Asian destination will be operated by Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Air New Zealand’s Auckland – Taipei schedule from 1 November 2018 is as follows:
This announcement comes after the airline launched direct services to Houston and Buenos Aires in December 2015 and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in June 2016.
Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ (msn 37966) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934340.
EVA Air (Taipei) today (March 23) operated its last McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flight. The pictured MD-11F B-16113 (msn 48790) departed Taipei (Taoyuan) at 0840 local time as EVA Air Cargo flight BR 606 to Anchorage. EVA Air was the last operator of the tri-jet in Taiwan. China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines previously also operated the type.
EVA Air operated the MD-11 as a passenger aircraft from 1992 through 2003 and was down to just the one MD-11F freighter for today’s retirement.
EVA Air Cargo continues to operate the Boeing 747-400 freighter. EVA Air is considering adding the more efficient Boeing 777F freighter in the future.
In other news, EVA Air on June 19, 2015, EVA Air will be launching new nonstop passenger flights to Houston (Bush Intercontinental) (IAH).
Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) is planning to add a fourth hub at Sendai for the summer of 2017 according to ZipanguFlyer. Sendai is located in the northeast section of Japan. Peach currently serves Sendai with a single route from its Osaka (Kansai) hub.
The Sendai Airport was involved in the devastating March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and then was subsequently flooded by the tsunami that hit the coast of Japan in this area.
The rising waters flooded the tarmac, taxiways and runway of the airport. The flood waters actually reached parts of the second floor of the passenger terminal.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) doomed flight number GE 235 death toll has risen to 40 today including the two pilots. Three people remain unaccounted for and 15 people survived the accident according to CNN.
Investigators have been reviewing the data from the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) for clues of why the ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) crashed on takeoff from Taipei (Sungshan) on February 6 with 53 passengers and five crew members on board.
The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan is collecting data and has suggested the pilots may have turned off the working engine prior to the crash. They were able to restart one engine but it was already too late. The ATR 72 hit a taxi and clipped the bridge and subsequently crashed upside in the river as previously reported.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) today (February 4) has suffered another crash. Brand new ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) B-22216 (msn 1141) with 53 passengers and five crew members operating as flight GE 235 reportedly lost power this morning on takeoff on runway 10 at 1052 am (local time). The airliner was unable to maintain its climb and hit a vehicle and clipped a bridge with its left wing and crashed into the Keelung River, killing at least 16 people. The crew report a Mayday on the takeoff and an engine flame out. The ATR 72 had just departed from the old Songshan Airport (TSA) (Taipei International Airport) in downtown Taipei. The airport was built in 1936.
According to the airline, 22 people have safely reached the shore. 16 are confirmed dead. All others were rushed to area hospitals.
Google Map below: A: Location of bridge that was clipped and B: Final location of the aircraft in the river.
Top and Below Copyright Photos: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) B-22816 (msn 1141) was delivered new on April 15, 2014. It is pictured preparing to takeoff at Songshan Airport previously. Below, rescuers attempt to find everyone on board in the river.
Below Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. The ATR 72 unfortunately hit this yellow taxi on the bridge before careening into the river. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries.
EVA Air (Taipei) today (January 5) operated its last Boeing 747-400 Combi revenue flight. Flight BR 868 operated from Taipei (Taoyuan) to Macau with the pictured Boeing 747-45E (M) B-16409 (msn 28093). This leaves three passenger Boeing 747-45E aircraft (B-16410, B-16411 and B-16412) which are due to be retired from passenger service later this year.
The unique combi model seats 28 in first class, 86 in business and 162 in economy with a special cargo section.
EVA Air continues to operate the Boeing 747-400 as a freighter for its cargo division.
V Air (subsidiary of TransAsia Airways) (Taipei) on December 17 launched schedule low-fare operations. The first route was from Taipei (Taoyuan) (TPE) to Bangkok (Don Mueang) (DMK) using this 194-seat A321. The new airline will compete with Tigerair Taiwan. The second route to Chiang Mai, Thailand is scheduled to start in early January.
Top Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 B-22608 (msn 6009) holds short of the runway at Taipei (Sung Shan).
Below Photo: V Air. The V Air crew waves goodbye to the inaugural flight.
China Airlines (Taipei) is planning to launch new Boeing 777-300 ER service to Frankfurt from Taipei (Taoyuan) starting on November 1, 2015. The new type will replace the current Boeing 747-400 service and will operate five days a week per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-36N ER B-18051 (msn 41821) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
EVA Air (Taipei) will open the planned Taipei (Taoyuan)-Houston (Bush Intercontinental) route on June 19, 2015. The new route will be operated three days a week.
Update: On December 15 EVA Air made this announcement:
EVA Air will initiate nonstop flights between Taipei and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on June 19, 2015. The airline will start the new service with three flights a week and increase frequency to four on July 1, 2015.
EVA will serve the route with a brand-new Boeing 777-300 ER equipped with WiFi, the latest inflight entertainment system and SMS roaming service that passengers can use to send and receive short messages on their own mobile phones. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in May 2015 and will be specially painted nose-to-tail with Texas–sized Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters. It will have 333 seats, configured with 39 in Royal Laurel Class business, 56 in Elite premium economy and 238 in Economy.
Further enhancing the convenience of its routing, the airline will fly the new Hello Kitty Jet between Taipei and Singapore in addition to using it for Houston service.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted from the special “Boeing 777-300ER” livery, Boeing 777-35E ER B-16702 (msn 32640) arrives in Los Angeles.