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Airlines

Name: FORMOSA AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: FRM
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CHINA
City: TAIPEI
Country: TAIWAN
Employees 680
Web: formosa-airlines.com.tw
Email: formosair@ms15.url.com.tw
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1966. DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

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.

DECEMBER 1994: CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) OWNS 42%.

$30 MILLION, 2 ORDERS (2/95) F 50.

FEBRUARY 1995: INCDT: (FRM) D0-228-200 EXTENSIVE DAMAGE, CREW LOST CONTROL WHILE TAXIING, RAN INTO WALL.

JULY 1995: 2 ORDERS (SEPTEMBER 1995) F 50, 56Y PAX & 2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 1995) F 100, 109Y PAX.

OCTOBER 1995: CARRIED 1 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 1994 (1.3 MILLION IN 1995?). CARRIES 8% OF TAIWAN'S DOMESTIC SEATS.

DECEMBER 1995: 1 F 100 (TAY 650-15) DELIVERY, 109 PAX.

JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +23.7% PASSENGERS (PAX).

APRIL 1996: ACCDT: (FRM) DO-228 (B-12257) FLEW INTO SEA ON APPROACH TO MATSU, ISLAND = 6 PASSENGER (PAX) FATALITIES OF 2 (FC)/15 PASSENGERS.

JULY 1996: CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) OWNS 33%.

H H SUN, PRESIDENT, SHANGHAI BORN, 48 YEARS OLD, EX-(CHI).

AUGUST 1997: ACCDT: (FRM) D0-228 CRASHED INTO MOUNTAINSIDE ON LANDING AT MATSU ISLAND = ALL 2 (FC)/14 PASSENGER FATALITIES. SINCE 15 CRASHES IN 26 YEARS OF OPERATIONS, THE LOCAL (CAA) SUSPENDED FUTURE FLIGHTS TO MATSU.

MARCH 1998: ACCDT: (FRM) SAAB 340 CRASHES INTO TAIWAN STRAIT AFTER TAKE OFF FROM HSINCHU = 5 (FC)-(CA)/8 PASSENGER FATALITIES.

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY GROUNDS FLEET.

GOVERNMENT CONCERNS OVER RECENT ISLAND'S POOR SAFETY RECORD SUGGEST MERGER OF FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM) UNDER CHINA AIRLINES (CHI).

APRIL 1998: FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM) HAS HAD 7 DORNIER 228 "HULL LOSSES" SINCE MID-1990. 3 HAD FATALITIES CLAIMING 28 LIVES. 6 WERE IN THE INITIAL APPROACH TO THE LANDING PHASE OF THE FLIGHT & THE 7TH LOST CONTROL DURING TAXIING, RAN INTO A DITCH = 6 PASSENGER FATALITIES. IN MOST RECENT OCTOBER 1997 ACCIDENT, THE AIRPLANE ABANDONED ITS APPROACH IN HIGH WINDS & RAIN, STRUCK TREETOPS & WATER TOWER, BEFORE CRASHING & EXPLODING KILLING ALL 16 ON BOARD.

OK TO RESUME FLIGHTS, TAICHUNG TO HUALIEN, KAOHSIUNG & TAITUNG
BUT REMAINING 6 SAAB 340'S NOT BEING USED ON THESE ROUTES.

690 EMPLOYEES.

NOVEMBER 1998: POSSIBLE MERGER WITH MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN).

DECEMBER 1998: TO COMPLETE MERGER WITH MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) BY 6/99 WITH DOMESTIC SERVICES UNDER MANDARIN NAME.

MARCH 1999: CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES MERGER OF FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM) INTO MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN). (CHI) GIVES ITS DOMESTIC SERVICES TO (MDN) & WILL TAKE OVER (MDN)'S INTERNATIONAL ROUTES TO CANADA & AUSTRALIA. (MDN) WILL OPERATE REGIONAL SERVICES & TO MAINLAND CHINA. (CHI) WILL REDUCE 100% STAKE IN (MDN) TO <70%. 40% IN (FRM) TO STAY THE SAME.

APRIL 1999: 620 EMPLOYEES.

(formosair@ms15.url.com.tw). (http://www.formosa-airlines.com.tw).

GROUNDS FLEET OF 6 SAAB 340'S & 3 DORNIER 228'S TO BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE. WILL MERGE INTO MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) NEXT MONTH.

JULY 1999: 2 F 50'S (20316; 20317) EX-TAM BRAZIL (TPR).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$17.85 MILLION (+$4.39 MILLION) (NET PROFIT): 224.95 MILLION (RPM) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (321.2 MILLION) 344.88 MILLION (ASM) CAPACITY (449.33 MILLION); 1.47 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (2.14 MILLION).

SEE (MDN).

Fleet:
(definitions)

May 1999:

5 F 50 (PW 125B) (20284, /95 B-12271; 20286, /95 B-12272; 20303, /95
B-12273; 20306, /95 B-12275; 20312, /96 B-12276), 56Y.

2 F100 (TAY 650-15) (11500, /95 B-12291; 11496, /96 B-12292), 109Y.

3 SAAB 340, GROUNDED 3/98.

7 SAAB 340B, GROUNDED 3/98.

3 DO-228-202, GROUNDED 5/99.

4 D0-228-212 (TPE331-5A-252D) (8215, /92 B-12253; 8224, /94
B-12259), 19Y.

4 ORDERS D0-328-100, CANCELED.

2 BN-2 ISLANDERS.

Management:
(definitions)

JAMES LIAO, CHAIRMAN.

HUNG-HSIANG SUN, PRESIDENT (SHANGHAI BORN, 48 YEARS) (7/96).

JANET LIU, VP MAINTENANCE.

FORD CHANG, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

 
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