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Name: FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT
7JetSet7 Code: FAT
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
City: TAIPEI
Country: TAIWAN
Employees 1250
Web: fat.com.tw
Email: service@fat.com.tw
Telephone: +886 (2) 2712 1555
Fax: +886 (2) 2514 0405
Sita: TPETIEF
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FAT-2003 LEIPAX STATISTICS
FAT-2004-04 - NEWS
FAT-2004-04 - NEWS-A
FAT-2004-07 - 757
FAT-2004-09 - 757 FREIGHTER
FAT-2004-09 - PACIFIC AIRLINES
FAT-2008-02 - HI SPEED RAIL
FAT-2014-02-TAICHUNG-MAKUNG
FAT-CABIN ATTENDANTS - 2014-02
FAT-VISIT TAIWAN

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1957. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
NO 5, ALLEY 123, LANE 405
TUN HWA NORTH ROAD
TAIPEI 105, TAIWAN

TAIWAN (REPUBLIC OF CHINA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1949, IT IS AN ISLAND COVERING AN AREA OF 36,179 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 21.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TAIPEI, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS CHINESE.

AUGUST 1981: ACCDT: (FAT) 737-100 HAD A STRUCTURAL FAILURE OF ITS PRESSURE CABIN BELLY (CORROSION & FATIGUE) = ALL 110 FATALITIES.

AUGUST 1993: CHINA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (OWNED BY THE NATIONALIST PARTY) OWNS 56% OF FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT (FAT) ($300 MILLION), AND THE HU FAMILY OWNS 29%.

REQUESTED 737-200 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) TYPE APPROVAL IN THEIR AIRPLANE FLIGHT MANUAL (AFM) FROM BOEING (TBC). 2 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) DELIVERIES.

JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$33.5 MILLION: 4.5 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (32% OF DOMESTIC SEATS).

DECEMBER 1995: 1 MD-83 (JT8D-219), EX-AIRTOURS INTERNATIONAL (GUE).

APRIL 1996: QUAY WEI LEE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

1 757 (PW2040) (25044), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED, EX-(LDE).

JUNE 1996: SOLD 2 737-100'S (19014; 19017), NOW WITH AEROCONTINENTE (COH).

JULY 1996: W T TSENG, MANAGER ENGINE OVERHAUL, EX-DEPUTY DIRECTOR (CHI). I C HSU, DEPUTY DIRECTOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT.

AUGUST 1996: 757 NON-(ETOPS), TO PALAU.

SEPTEMBER 1996: SOLD 4 AGING 737-100/-200'S TO EASCO, TAIWAN LEASING COMPANY (PA002; PA005; PG228; PG230). 2 737-100'S NOW WITH AEROCONTINENTE (COH).

OCTOBER 1996: T C CHEN, RESEARCH & PLANNING MANAGER (EX-CHIEF ENGINEER) RESIGNED TO JOIN (CCAA). SOPHIA CHEN, MANAGER RESEARCH & PLANNING.

(http://www.fat.com.tw).

DECEMBER 1996: RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANIZATION (ISO)-9002 CERTIFICATION - "A MARK OF INTERNATIONAL AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE QUALITY."

JANUARY 1997: APPLIED FOR 1ST SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO GUAM (4/97), BUT DEPENDS ON (FAA)'S CURRENT, CONDITIONAL CATEGORY 2 SAFETY OVERSIGHT BEING UPGRADED TO 1. CURRENTLY FLIES INTERNATIONAL CHARTERS TO SUBIC BAY & PALAU.

1996 = +$20M: 67.2% LF (+2.82%).

MARCH 1997: INCDT: 757-29J HIJACKED TO XIAMEN, CHINA, = ALL OK.

APRIL 1997: (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT UPGRADED TAIWAN TO CATEGORY 1.

1,440 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1997: 1ST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO GUAM (757).

JUNE 1997: 757-29J (B-27001) HAS SPECIAL COLOR SCHEME WITH TAIWAN MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE THEME.

SEPTEMBER 1997: SHIN-SHENG KAO, DIRECTOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT, REPLACED SHIH-SHENG KAO, WHO RETIRED. YI-TSWEN LEU, MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE; & SHIEN-YANN FUH, MANAGER MAINTENANCE CONTROL. SHIEH-CHANG LEE, MANAGER ENGINE OVERHAUL SHOP, REPLACED W T TSENG, WHO RETIRED. YIH CHANG, CHIEF ENGINEER.

5/6 ORDERS (11/98) 757-200'S.

OCTOBER 1997: PLANNING FOR SCHEDULED FLIGHTS TO PALAU AND SUBIC BAY (MD-80).

NOVEMBER 1997: AVIATION ACCORD BETWEEN PALAU & TAIWAN SIGNED, ALLOWS FLIGHTS KAOHSIUNG-TAIPEI-PALAU, WITH 5TH FREEDOM TO GUAM, & SAIPAN.

TO AGANA (GUAM) (757). 757'S ARE USED MOSTLY DOMESTICALLY, WHERE (FAT) HAS 33% MARKET.

2 ORDERS MD-83'S. CONFIRMED 5/5 ORDERS (11/98) 757-200'S (OPTIONS MAY BE -300'S).

JANUARY 1998: 1997 = +$22.7 MILLION RECORD (+$17 MILLION).

1ST OF 2 MD-83'S DELIVERIES.

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

APRIL 1998: 1,440 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1998: 2 MD-82'S SOLD TO MERIDIANA (ALS) (53064 DELIVERED, 53066 SCHEDULED LATER IN 1998).

JUNE 1998: MD-82 (53168) SOLD TO SPIRIT AIRLINES (SPR), FOR DELIVERY IN 7/98.

AUGUST 1998: MD-82 (53119) SOLD TO AEROMEXICO (AMX).

(ETOPS) CERTIFICATION FOR 757 FLIGHTS TO GUAM ON HOLD, POSSIBLY DUE TO PRESENT ASIAN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN.

SEPTEMBER 1998: MD-82 (53066) SOLD TO AEROMEXICO (AMX).

OCTOBER 1998: 757 (ETOPS) APPROVAL, STILL ON HOLD.

NOVEMBER 1998: AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP (AIG), WHICH BOUGHT 20% IN (FAT) 4 YEARS AGO, IS NOW TEAMING WITH CHINA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CDC) TO ACQUIRE 8% OF CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) FOR $100 MILLION.

EVALUATING CONVERTING 757-200 ORDERS TO 757-300'S.

DECEMBER 1998: BUYS 9.83% OF TRANSASIA AIRWAYS (FSH) FOR $43.4 MILLION.

3 757-27A'S (29607; 29608) DELIVERIES (PW2037).

MARCH 1999: 1998 = 5.08 MILLION PASSENGERS, 30.5% DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE.

TAIPEI-KAOHSIUNG, HAS 40% ALL FLIGHTS. TAIPEI - TAINAN 12.7%.

APRIL 1999: 1,440 EMPLOYEES (*FLT).

MAY 1999: 757-200 OPERATED A CHARTERED (VIP) FLIGHT WITH HIGH RANKING, GOVT & MILITARY OFFICIALS TO MAKUNG ISLAND, TO WATCH MILITARY EXERCISES. LOCAL MEDIA, REPORTED IT WAS 1ST TIME AN AIRPLANE AS LARGE AS A 757 HAD EVER FLOWN INTO MAKUNG.

JUNE 1999: SOLD 2 737-200'S (PK562 & PN481) TO AN INDONESIAN AIRLINE, PT AIRFAST (PTF).

JULY 1999: 757-200 (29609, B-27015) DELIVERY.

AUGUST 1999: 1998 DOMESTIC PAX MILLION: 1 (FAT) 5.08; 2 (MAK) 4.13; 3 (FSH) 3.85; 4 (FRM) 1.47; 5 (CHI) 848,000; 6 (CHN) 812K; 7 (EVA) 409,000.

OCTOBER 1999: TO KOTA KINABALU, WITH PLANS TO EXTEND TO PHUKET.

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$5.6 MILLION.

DECEMBER 1999: 757-200 (PW2037) (27203) SOLD TO AEROMEXICO (AMX). 757-27A (29611, B-27021) DELIVERY.

MARCH 2000: H Y MIAO, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) REPLACED W T TSENG, WHO RETIRED.

APRIL 2000: 1,600 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 130 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 220 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 350 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: TPETIEF.

MAY 2000: MD-82 (2189-53577, /97 05 06, B-88988), EX-U-LAND (CHN), TAIWAN CENTRAL LEASING LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 2000: STEPHEN TSUEI, CHAIRMAN. CAPTAIN M W CHEN, PRESIDENT. PREVIOUS CHAIRMAN, CAPTAIN YUN-LING LEE, NOW CHAIRMAN, CHINA AIRLINES (CHI).

MARCH 2001: CONTEMPLATING UTILIZING MAINTENANCE AND RELIABILITY SOFTWARE, I.E. MAINSTREAM COMPONENT SET.

APRIL 2001: KAOHSIUNG - LAOAG (PHILIPPINES) (3/WEEK).

1,550 EMPLOYEES.

JUNE 2001: 1 757-200 WET-LEASED TO AIR MACAU (MCU) FOR 1 YEAR IN 2001-08. FLIES 3/DAY, BETWEEN MACAU AND TAIPEI.

OCTOBER 2001: INTEREST IN SETTING UP A MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, OVERHAUL (MRO) VENTURE IN SHANGHAI.

757-27A RETURNED EARLY FROM (MCU).

JANUARY 2002: 2 757-200'S 2-YEAR WET-LEASED TO (EVA) IN EXCHANGE FOR UNI (MAK) WET-LEASING 2 MD-90'S TO (FAT).

MARCH 2002: JOINT ADVERTISING, 1 YEAR CONTRACT WITH TOYOTA, RESULTS IN 757-27A (29611, B-27021) BEING PAINTED WITH NEW TOYOTA LIVERY WITH BLUE CAMRY CAR.

POSSIBLE 757 (ETOPS) OPERATES TO GUAM AND PALAU.

April 2002: 1,597 employees (including 168 FC; 283 CA; & 400 MT).

SITA: TPETIEF.

Owners/Shareholders: China Development Industrial Bank (13.10%); AIG-Asia Infrastructure Investment Development (12.39%); China Airlines (CHI) (9.29%).

Main Base: Taipei airport (Sungshan (TSA).

May 2002: To Seoul (2/week).

July 2002: 2 757-27A's wet-leased to (EVA), for Taiwan (Kaohsiung) to Macau (previously operated by 767-200's). In return, will wet-lease 2 MD-90-30's (53571, B-17918; 53534, B-17923), from UNI Air (MAK), to replace the 2 757's. MD-82 (53118, B-28011 in "TransAsia Telecommunications" livery.

January 2003: Receives China's OK for Taipei to Shanghai via Hong Kong, for the Chinese lunar new year holiday starting 2003-02. Taipei - Pusan (757, 3/week).

September 2003: 2002 = -$13.8 Million (-$35.9 Million): 1.86 Billion (RPK) traffic (+5.3%); 3.7 Million passengers (PAX) (-14.3%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (Billion):
160 (SHG) 2.41; 161 (ROS) 2.38; 162 (RFG) 2.37; 163 (CHAUTAUQUA AIRLINES) 2.33; 164 (KLM) CITYHOPPER) 2.28; 165 (MCU) 2.26; 166 (ALS); 167 (GBA) 2.24; 168 (RYN) 2.23; 169 (GRD) 2.01; 170 (BRIT AIR) 1.93; 171 (FAT) 1.86; 172 (CUB) 1.84; 173 (SWL) 1.76; 174 (PINNACLE) 1.76; 175 (MEA) 1.75; 176 (NUI) 1.74.

October 2003: Taipei to Shanghai via Cheju (Cheju - Shanghai operated by China Eastern (CEA).

January 2004: 757-27A (29610) returned from (EVA).

February 2004: Transasia (FSH), Mandarin (MDN), UNI (MAK), & Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) met to consider possible merger to combat high-speed rail system to begin operations next year by 2005-06 with link Taipei - Kaohsiung, projecting 100 Million passengers/year for 215 mile route, cutting 4 hours rail time to 90 minutes, with fares -30% of airfares.

July 2004: 1,222 employees.

757-23APF (24868, B-27201), AWAS (AWW) leased, wet-leased to Pacific Airlines (PAH).

October 2004: MD-82 (53480, B-88889), delivery.

December 2004: MD-82 (53479, B-88888), delivery.

January 2005: 757-200 wet-leased to Angkor Airlines (AOL) for Taipei - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh operations.

April 2005: 1,093 employees.

October 2005: China Southern Airlines (GUN) and Taiwan's Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) said they will jointly operate a new 4X weekly route linking Shenyang, the capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, with South Korea's Jeju and Taipei.

December 2005: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) of Taiwan said USA insurance giant American International Group intends to sell its 18% stake in the airline, likely to China Development Financial Holding Corporation, which already holds 13% of (FAT), the Associated Press reported.

July 2006: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) offers domestic and international scheduled, jet airplane flights.

Employees = 1,224 (including 118 Flight Crew (FC); 201 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 364 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: EF - 265. (ICAO) Code: FEA.

Parent organization/shareholders: China Development Industrial Bank (13.14%); AIG-Asia Infrastructure Investment Development (12.42%); Yuean Ho Investment (11.08%); China Airlines (CHI) (7.61%); & Yuan-His Hu (5.3%).

Owns: TransAsia Airways (MAK) (6%); & Daily Air (5%).

Alliances: UNI Airways (MAK).

Main Base: Taipei Sungshan Aiport (TSA).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Hualien; Kaohsiung; Kinmen; Makung; Tainan; Taipei; & Taitung.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Jeju; Koror; Koror; & Seoul.

November 2006: INCDT: A Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) 757-200 made an emergency descent when responding to a near-miss situation with a Thai Airways (TII) 777-300 while descending toward Jeju, South Korea on November 16. The 757-200 made an unnessarily fierce response to a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) warning that resulted in a descent instruction. The sudden dive, which exceeded 12,000 ft/min/60m/s for a brief time and subjected the airplane to forces ranging from negative 1.06g to positive 2.48g, and injured 20 on board , four seriously. Three passengers suffered broken bones and a fourth was left unconscious. Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council says thew evasive action was "excessive" and that a correctly executed standard (TCAS) descent maintaining 1,500 ft/minute, would have sufficed.

757-29J (27204, B-27007), wet-leased to Angkor Airways (AOL) as (XU-AKB).

February 2008: Taipei-based, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is considering introduction of a strategic investor in order to alleviate its debt burden, according to the carrier's Chinese mainland chief, Shi Jianhua. "We are trying to raise money in order to pay off our debt," Shi said. He added that (FAT) is negotiating with a variety of unnamed companies, including airlines, regarding an investment. It has debt of $10.7 million and a bank loan of $160 million. The carrier held a shareholders conference to discuss a reorganization plan. "The court will have the final say on it," Shi said. Taiwanese law stipulates that the company must withdraw from the stock market within 60 days once the court rules that it requires reorganization. The airline operates 757s and MD-80s.

(FAT) is not the only Taiwanese carrier facing difficult financial times. The Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the island's airlines have been hit hard by the bullet train, especially since Taipei - Taichung service started early last year. According to statistics released by the ministry last week, passenger boardings fell -26.8% to 12.7 million in 2007, the lowest figure since 1992. For details regarding the "bullet" high speed rail effects on domestic services, see details in attached article - - "FAT-RAIL-2008-02."

Mandarin Airlines (MDN) quit the Taipei - Taichung route last May and Uni Air (MAK) cancelled its Taipei - Chiayi service in August. Next month, Uni (MAK) plans to withdraw from Taipei - Kaohsiung and (FAT) is expected to cancel its Taipei - Tainan, and Kaohsiung - Hualien flights. Mandarin (MDN) plans to suspend service from Taichung to Taitung.

May 2008: Taipei-based, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) ceased operations owing to a shortfall in operating funds, according to widespread press reports. (FAT) was launched in 1957 and recently has been suffering from scattered stock rights and frequent changes in senior leadership. In February, it launched a search for a strategic investor to alleviate its debt burden but failed to attract one. A board meeting and shareholders conference last month agreed to seek funds through passage of a private placement, but that also failed.

December 2011: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is planning a major expansion in the China mainland market after suspending operations for three years.

Launched in 1957, (FAT) is a privately-run carrier. It suspended operations in May 2008 after accumulating heavy debts, but was approved to resume operations earlier this year following a financial restructuring.

(FAT) opened a new Taipei - Shijiazhuang route in October and announced it would launch Chengdu - Kaohsiuing on Janusry 15, and Haikou - Kaohsiuing on January 21. It also plans to start routes to Hefei Nanjing from Kaohsiuing, and Huiyang to Taipei in the new year.

(FAT) said earlier it would focus on cross-strait routes and regional routes in Asia for the next 10 years.

November 2012: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) inaugurated flights on the route from its Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) base to Hefei (HFE) in Eastern China, bringing the total number of destinations it operates to in the Middle Kingdom up to three (it also serves Shijiazhuang with thrice- and Guiyang with twice-weekly flights). Beginning on 24 November, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) offers flights on the 800 km route with twice-weekly frequencies. Competition on the route comes from four-weekly frequencies offered by China Eastern (CEA).

January 2013: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) inaugurated flights on the 2,100 km route from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) to Lanzhou (LHW), the capital of the Gansu Province in Northwest China, on 20 December. (FAT), which already offered three Chinese destinations from the Taiwanese airport, launched the new route with twice-weekly departures, both of which will be operated with MD-88s. Competition on the route comes from Hainan Airlines (HNA), which it matches in terms of frequencies.

February 2013: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) expanded its offering from Taiwanese Makung (MZG) on 29 January, as it launched flights to Qingdao (TAO) in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. Single weekly frequencies are offered on the 1,400 km route and operated using MD-80s.

February 2014: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT), an airline that can trace its origins back to the late 1950s, has started twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Fridays) between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Tianjin (TSN) in China. The 1,610 km route was launched on January 28th and will be flown by (FAT)ís MD-83s, competing with Air China (BEJ) (four times weekly flights) and TransAsia Airways (FSH) (twice-weekly flights). (FAT) already serves the Chinese airports of Taiyuan (thrice-weekly) and Nanning (weekly) from Taipei Songshan airport.

(FAT) expanded its domestic presence with the addition of daily services from Taichung (RMQ) to Kinmen (KNH). (FAT)ís operations on the 231 km sector began on February 22nd, utilizing its 143-seat MD-80s. In addition, (FAT)ís new airport pair will face direct competition from Mandarin Airlines (MDN)ís 19 weekly flights.

April 2014: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) has introduced two new cross-strait routes from Taichung (RMQ) in Taiwan. On April 17th it began twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flights on the 1,650 km route to Shijiazhuang (SJW), followed on April 18th by twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) flights on the 1,700 km sector to Taiyuan (TYN). Neither route is served by any other carrier. (FAT) will use its classic MD-80s to serve these markets.

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) has introduced a new domestic service in Taiwan. On April 12th, it began operating twice-daily on the very short 125 km sector between Taichung (RMQ) and Makung (MZG), located on the western side of Penghu Island, off Taiwanís west coast. (FAT)ís MD-80s will operate the flights and face competition from Mandarin Airlines (MDN)ís 16 weekly flights - - SEE ATTACHED - - "FAT-2014-04-TAICHUNG-MAKUNG."

July 2014: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) has launched weekly (Tuesdays) flights from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) to Harbin (HRB). The 2,370 km route was started on July 22nd and will be flown by (FAT)ís MD-83s. China Southern Airlines (GUN) already serves the market with daily flights, while (EVA) Air offers five weekly flights. Harbin, Chinaís 23rd busiest airport in 2013 with 10.26 million passengers (+12.2%), becomes (FAT)ís fifth Chinese destination to be served from Taipei Taoyuan after Guiyang, Hefei, Shijiazhuang, and Yinchuan.

July 2015: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) announced a long-term lease agreement with Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) for 1 new Boeing 737-800. The 737-800 is from (ALE)ís order book with Boeing and will deliver in the second quarter of 2016.

August 2015: News Item A-1: Next month, Taiwan-based airlines are to begin implementing new rules on the in-flight use of portable electronic devices, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

The (CAA) has amended the Regulations Restricting Use of Different Kinds of Communication Devices or Other Appliances Disrupting Flight to allow passengers to use cellphones or smartphones during take-off or any other time during the flight, as long as they are on "airplane mode."

The move follows widespread passenger complaints about the previous rules that all electronic appliances had to be turned off after the doors to the cockpit were closed.

Under the new rules, if a plane's pilot (FC) gives clearance, passengers can use their portable devices during take-off and landing.

Electronic devices that can be in airplane mode or that can be easily stowed in a cabin seat pocket, are allowed to be used throughout the flight, whether domestic or international.

On international flights, oversized devices such as laptops weighing >1kg can be used once the plane has reached cruising altitude of >10,000ft/3,048m, but because of concerns about fixed cruising altitudes and different processes, use of laptops and other devices that cannot be easily stowed, will still be barred on domestic flights, the (CAA) said.

If a plane has the appropriate on-board communication facilities, such as Wi-Fi networks, devices that can receive such signals, are also allowed to be used after the on-board systems are turned on, the (CAA) said.

China Airlines (CHI), (EVA) Airlines, Uni Air (MAK), Mandarin Airlines (MDN), and Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) said they are prepared to implement the changes, as of September.

TransAsia Airways (FSH) said it has already revised its regulations pertaining to usage of electrical devices, but it was still waiting for the (CAA) to approve the changes.

October 2015: Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is looking to expand from its home base at Taipei's Songshan airport into China, and to replace its aging McDonnell Douglas fleet.

(FAT) plans to acquire 20 new Boeing 737-800 jets over the next 5 years, hoping to boost its competitiveness, after successfully completing a financial restructuring initiative earlier this month.

(FAT) said the new planes will replace its current fleet of 8 McDonnell-Douglas airplanes.

Of the 8 planes, 4 are >20 years old, 2 are >19 years old and the other 2 are >17 years old, and (FAT) plans to gradually retire them beginning in 2020.

(FAT) said it plans to expand its fleet at a speed of +4 new planes each year over the next five years, using them primarily for routes within Asia.

The fleet expansion is especially expected to increase (FAT)'s capacity for its cross-strait operations, said (FAT) Chief Operating Officer, Tseng Chin-chih.

Tseng said (FAT) plans to use the Boeing jets to fly to the Chinese destinations of Yinchuan and Lanzhou in the latter half of 2016.

(FAT) has already arranged to lease a new 737-800 from Air Lease Corporation (ALE) that will be delivered next May, but the airplane did not say if it would buy or lease the other 19 airplanes and when it would commit to them.

To prepare for the airplane upgrade, (FAT) has sent its future 737-800 pilots (FC) to the USA to receive training.

(FAT) suspended operations and sought bankruptcy protection in 2008, and obtained approval from the Taipei District Court in 2009 to proceed with a financial restructuring plan.

(FAT), which currently flies mostly domestic routes between Taiwan proper and the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands, resumed operations in April 2011, and the court ruled on October 20, 2015 that it had completed the restructuring process.

January 2016: Ramco Systems has agreed with Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) to automate the Taiwanese carrierís Maintenance & Engineering operations. (FAT) will install Ramco Aviation Suite V5.7 to streamline Maintenance & Engineering functions, enabling it to track aircraft components more effectively, while minimizing paperwork and human error.

Fleet:
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FAT-757-200
FAT-757-27A LOGOJET
FAT-757-27A LOGOJET-A
FAT-757-27A-1
FAT-MD-82
FAT-MD-83
FAT-MD-90-30

May 2017:

1 ORDER (2016-05) 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (ALE) LSD:

19 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B), TO BE RETIRED IN 2020:

0 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (369-25044, /91 B-27001), EX-(LDE), (ILF) 5 YR LSD, (ETOPS) EQ'PD 1996-05. RTND. 218Y.

2 757-27A (PW2037) (832-29607, /98 B-27011; 835-29608, /98 B-27013; 876-29609, /99 B-27015; 904-29610, /99 B-27017; 910-29611, 01/00 B-27021), 1 WET-LST (MCU) 2001-08 FOR 1 YR (29608), RTND 2001-10. 2 2-YR WET-LST (EVA) 2002-01 29610 RF (EVA) 2004-01. 29607; 29611; RTND. 29607; AIRLEASED TO DHL AERO (DHA) 2010-09. 24C, 154Y.

0 757-29J (PW2037) (591-27204, /94 B-27007), WET-LST (AOL) 2006-11. (ETOPS) EQ'PD. LATER TO (GSW) 2009-09. 218Y.

0 757-23APF (RB211-535E4) (314-24868, B-27201), (AWW) LSD 2004-07, WET-LST (PAH). RTND & LST (ARW) 2009-02. FREIGHTER.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1954-53118, /91 B-28011), 2003-08. 165Y.

2 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (2052-53166, /93 B-28017; 2056-53167, /93 B-28021), 2 TO (ALS), 1 TO (CMI), 2 TO (AMX). SEAN-HO AIRCRAFT LSG LSD 1995-06. 165Y

2 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (2124-53479 /95 B-28037, 2004-12; 2127-53480, /95 B-28035, 2004-10). 165Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (2189-53577, /97, B-28033), EX-(CHN). RTND. 165Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (1954-53118, /92 B-28011), IN "TRANSASIA COMMUNICATIONS" LIVERY, 2002-07. 165Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (53479, B-88888, 2004-12; 53480, B-88889, 2004-10), 165Y.

3 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1829-49807, /91 B-28007; 1913-49950, /91 B-28031; 1934-49952, /91 B-28023; 2214-53602, /97 B-28025; 2218-53603, /98 B-28027). 49950; 49952; RTND. 165Y.

1 MD-88 (JT8D-219).

0 MD-90-30 (V2525-D5) (2153-53534, /96 B-17923), (MAK) 2-YR WET-LSD 2002-01. 12C, 140Y.

Management:
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BENNY TING HU, GOVERNOR (FAT GROUPS) (1998-05).

JUNG (STEPHEN) TSUEI, CHAIRMAN (2000-08).

KANG-WEI CHANG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

CAPTAIN MEI-WEN CHEN, PRESIDENT (2000-08).

TSENG CHIN-CHIH, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO).

KUO-MU HSU, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIVISION (TPEMPEF).

SHIN-SHENG KAO, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1999-01), (sskao@fat.com.tw) (TPEMPEF).

DANNY HSU, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIVISION.

JEACY LEE, DIRECTOR IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.

NAN HAI FANG, DIRECTOR MARKETING DIVISION

PHILIP CHEN, FINANCE DIRECTOR.

ELL LONG CHEN, DEPUTY VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

WILLIAM HSU, DEPUTY VP FLEET PLANNING.

SHIEH-YANN FUH, DEPUTY VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2002-12).

CHI SHI CHEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (1998-05).

NAI KUNG WANG, DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING (2000-02).

CAPTAIN COOPER CHI, SENIOR MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY (cooper@fat.com.tw),
(TPEMPEF).

HSING YEH MIAO, SENIOR MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (2000-02).

SOPHIA CHEN, MANAGER RESEARCH & PLANNING (1996-10).

S C LEE, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (1996-07).

SHIEH-CHENG LEE, MANAGER ENGINE OVERHAUL SHOP (1997-09).

YIH CHANG, CHIEF ENGINEER (TPEMPEF), MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (ychang@fat.com.tw) (1997-09).

C F LEE, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.

YI-TSWEN LEU, MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (1997-09).

J H YANG, MANAGER AVIONICS (1996-07).

 
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