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Airlines

Name: U-LAND AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: CHN
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CHINA
City: TAIPEI
Country: TAIWAN
Employees 300
Web:
Email: ULAplanning@hotmail.com
Telephone: +886 2 27 13 41 66
Fax: +886 2 27 13 29 35
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1987. FORMERLY CHINA ASIA AIRLINES. OWNED BY U LAND ENTERPRISE GROUP, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAND DEVELOPMENT. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
340 TUN HWA NORTH ROAD
SUNG SHAN AIRPORT
TAIPEI 10592, TAIWAN

JUNE 1995: DOMESTIC SERVICES: TAIPEI, KAOHSIUNG, KINMEN & MAKUNG.

2/4 ORDERS (11 & 12/95) MD-82'S.

OCTOBER 1995: CHINA ASIA AIRLINES MERGED WITH U-LAND AIRLINES (CHN).

DECEMBER 1995: ORDERING MD-90-30. 1 MD-82 (JT8D-217C).

AUGUST 1996: CHARTER OPERATIONS TO SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINE IN 1997 (MD-82). INTENDS TO EXPAND TO OTHER ASIAN ROUTES AND ORDER 767'S OR A300'S.

3RD MD-82 DELIVERY.

OCTOBER 1996: 4TH MD-80. (LOI) FOR 1 MD-11.

NOVEMBER 1996: C C YEH, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE, EX-CHIEF ENGINEER FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT (FAT).

DECEMBER 1996: COMPLETED 1ST YEAR OF OPERATIONS. CARRIED 0.9M PASSENGERS (PAX). 2 MD-82'S FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS WITHIN 6 HOURS OF TAIWAN TO THAILAND, VIETNAM AND PHILIPPINES. PLANS TO LEASE 200 PAX WIDEBODIES.

SEPTEMBER 1997: PLANS TO ACQUIRE STAKE IN PACIFIC AIRLINES (PAH).

JANUARY 1998: NEW HSINCHU - KINMEN (MD-82). HSINCHU IS A CITY.

NOVEMBER 1997: 2 MD-82'S (53577; 53581) (JT8D-217C).

CENTRALIZED AS A SCIENCE PARK SOUTH OF TAIPEI. KINMEN IS AN OFF-SHORE ISLAND ON SOUTH CHINA SEA.

FEBRUARY 1998: KAOHSIUNG - CEBU (MD-82).

MARCH 1998: GOVERNMENT CONCERN OVER RECENT ISLAND'S POOR SAFETY RECORD SUGGESTS MERGER OF U-LAND AIRLINES (CHN) UNDER FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT (FAT) OR TRANSASIA (FSH).

APRIL 1998: 100 EMPLOYEES.

SUBSIDIARY ASTRO AIRLINES, A SCHEDULED REGIONAL AIRLINE, OPERATES 1 MD-82, & STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1998.

JULY 1998: BUYS 40% AIR PHILIPPINES (PHP) INCLUDING FINANCING FOR +3 MD-82'S FOR (PHP). OWNS 30% PACIFIC AIRLINES (PAH).

OCTOBER 1998: HAS HAD LOSSES OF >$1.45M IN EACH OF 6 YEARS OF OPERATION. SERIOUS ECONOMIC SITUATION WITH DEBTS >$290M. RECENT ACQUISITION OF AIR PHILIPPINES 40% COST $46.4M. ALSO, A KEY STOCKHOLDER IN VIETNAM'S PACIFIC AIRLINES (PAH). TRIED TO SHUT DOWN DOMESTIC OPERATIONS BUT GOVERNMENT INTERCEDED TO KEEP AIRPLANES FLYING. PLANS TO SELL AND LEASE BACK AT LEAST 3 OF 6 MD-82'S.

NOVEMBER 1998: PLANS FOR CHARTER SERVICES TO USA, WITH 747-400 OR MD-11, SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT APPROVAL. WANTS TO INCREASE ITS PRESENCE IN VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, AND PHILIPPINES.

APRIL 1999: 1998 = 16.67M RPM (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (-10.4%) DOMESTIC, 4.15M PASSENGERS (PAX) (24.9% DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE).

3 MD-82'S RETURNED FROM AIR PHILIPPINES (PHP) DUE TO DISPUTE OVER LEASE PAYMENTS. TAIWAN'S 1ST COMMERCIAL BANK SEIZES MD-82, DUE TO FAILURE TO PAY INTEREST PAYMENTS.

JUNE 1999: RECEIVES WARNING TO PAY OVERDUE LANDING PAYMENTS OR BE GROUNDED BY GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.

AUGUST 1999: 1998 DOMESTIC PASSENGERS (PAX): 1. FAT 5.08M; 2. MAK 4.13M; 3. FSH 3.85M; 4. FRM 1.47M; 5. CHI 848K; 6. CHN 812K; 7. EVA 409K.

FEBRUARY 2000: MD-82 (2189, B-88988) RETURNED TO LESSOR.

APRIL 2000: 100 EMPLOYEES.

M Y WANG, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGRG RESIGNED, REPLACED BY C C YEH (ACTING).

MAY 2000: REGULATORY AGENCY, (CAA) SUSPENDS U-LAND (CHN)'S AIRPLANE OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) PENDING INVESTIGATION.

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1999 = -$130M, & HAS >$253M DEBTS.

MD-82 (2189-53577, /97 05 06, B-88988) RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT (FAT).

JUNE 2000: ALL REVENUE OPERATIONS SUSPENDED UNTIL 6 MONTH AUDIT BY
CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (CAA) IS COMPLETED.

MAY 2001: 1 MD-82 (2127-53480, B-88889), RETURNED FROM PACIFIC AIR (PAH) OPERATIONS.

SEPTEMBER 2001: 2 MD-8'S2 (53542; 53581) RETURNED TO CENTRAL LEASING
(CLE).

Fleet:
(definitions)

May 2008:

3 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (2124-53479, /95 B-88888; 2127-53480, /95 B-88889; 2145-53481, /96 B-88898; 2152-53542, /96 B-88899; 2204-53581, /97 B-88989), 53479; 53481; 53542; WET-LST (PHP); 53480 WET-LST (PAH), REST TAIWAN OPS; 53577 RTND 2000-02, LST (FAT). 53480 RF (PAH) 2001-05. 53542; 53581; RTND (CLE). 53479; 53480; REPOSSESSED 2004-11. 165Y.

1 ORDER MD-11.

1 SHORTS 360-300.

Management:
(definitions)

CHOU CHI-JUI, GROUP CHAIRMAN.

CHOU CHI-CHANG, CHAIRMAN (2000-01) & PRESIDENT.

MS LA-NA CHOL, EXECUTIVE VP (2000-04).

C C YEH, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING DIVISION (2000-04).

M L WANG, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1999-07).

 
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