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Name: UNI AIR
7JetSet7 Code: MAK
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
City: TAIPEI
Country: TAIWAN
Employees 1287
Web: uniair.com.tw
Email: anniechang@uniair.com.tw
Telephone: +886 (2) 25 13 55 17
Fax: +886 (2) 25 13 3211
Sita: TPEWBB7
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FORMED IN 1988 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1989. FORMERLY "MAKUNG INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
8F, 117, SEC 2, CHANG-AN EAST ROAD
TAIPEI 104, 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.

JANUARY 1994: MAIN HUB IS AT MAKUNG IN THE PESCADORES ISLANDS OFF TAIWAN COAST.

SERVICES TO TAIPEI, MAKUNG, KINMEN, HUALIEN, TAITUNG, TSUXIANG, & LAOG IN THE PHILIPPINES.

484 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 108 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 108 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 757-200, 218 PAX, SE ASIA CHARTER FLIGHTS, SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS BY JULY 1994.

JANUARY 1995: B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) DELIVERY.

APRIL 1995: EVA AIR (EVA) BUYS 21% OF UNI AIRWAYS (MAK) FOR $15 - $19 MILLION.

AUGUST 1995: EVA AIR (EVA) BUYS +19% OF UNI AIRWAYS (MAK), AND NOW OWNS 51%.

OCTOBER 1995: EVA AIR (EVA) 5 ORDERS (11/95) MD-90-30'S FOR UNI AIRWAYS (MAK).

PROVIDES 11% OF DOMESTIC SEATS.

AUGUST 1996: 757 (NA347) "C4" CHECK BY EVA AIRWAYS (EVA). PRESENTLY LEASED FROM SUNROCK (SNR), PLANS TO SUB-LEASE BY DECEMBER 1996.

OCTOBER 1996: 757 (25133, NA347) LEASED TO (SWY) AND REPAINTED BY MONARCH AIRLINES (MON). 1ST MD-90-30 DELIVERY.

JANUARY 1997: 1 MD-90-30 DELIVERY (3RD).

MARCH 1997: 1 MD-90-30 DELIVERY.

APRIL 1997: 950 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 170 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 160 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAY 1997: 6TH TAIWANESE OPERATOR TO RECEIVE OK TO OPERATE INTERNATIONAL ROUTES.

JAN 1998: MD-90-30 (53572) DELIVERY.

MARCH 1998: GOVERNMENT CONCERNS OVER RECENT ISLAND'S POOR SAFETY RECORD SUGGEST MERGER OF UNI AIRWAYS (MAK), TAIWAN AIRLINES AND GREAT CHINA AIRLINES (GCA), UNDER A SINGLE COMPANY NAMED "UNI AIR" (MAK) UNDER EVA AIR (EVA).

APRIL 1998: NEW SERVICE, TAIPEI - KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA.

TO MERGE GREAT CHINA AIRLINES (GCA), TAIWAN AIRLINES AND UNI AIRWAYS (MAK) INTO "UNI AIR" (MAK). INTERNATIONAL ROUTES TO TRANSFER BACK TO EVA AIR (EVA).

1,100 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 170 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 160 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.uniair.com.tw). (uia@msl2.hinet.net).

MAY 1998: MERGER OF 3 LOCAL CARRIERS ALLOWS ALL TO KEEP ORIGINAL ROUTES, SAME AIRPLANES, AND NO NEW SCHEDULES. PROJECTS NEW, UNI AIRWAYS (MAK) TO CARRY 6 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 1998.

POSSIBLE +4 MD-90'S.

OCTOBER 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 383 MILLION (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+3%), 155,000 (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (-46%), 1.09 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4%).

MD-90-30 (53569) DELIVERY. +4 MD-90'S TO REPLACE 5 B AE 146'S. PLANS TO ACQUIRE DHC-8-400'S TO REPLACE DHC-8-300'S.

NOVEMBER 1998: TAKES OVER MYANMAR AIRWAYS (BRM).

GOVERNMENT OWNS 70% WITH REST BY HISONIC ENTERPRISE, SINGAPORE.

(BRM) FLIES TO BANGKOK, SINGAPORE, PHNOM PENH, HANOI, HO CHI MINH CITY, AND VIENTIANE (757). IN DECEMBER 1999, TO KUALA LUMPUR, & HONG KONG.

UNI AIRWAYS (MAK) ALSO INTERESTED IN TAKING OVER AIR MANDALAY AND YANGON AIRWAYS, WHICH ARE DOMESTIC CARRIERS WITH INTERNATIONAL LANDING RIGHTS.

2 MD-90-30'S (53575; 53574) DELIVERIES.

DECEMBER 1998: MD-90-30 (53601) DELIVERY. 2 MD-90-30'S
(53534; 53568), EX-(EVA).

MARCH 1999: 1998 = 4.15 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX). 24.9% DOMESTIC MARKET.

TAIPEI - KAOHSIUNG HAS 40% OF ALL TAIWAN FLIGHTS. TAIPEI - TAINAN HAS
12.7% OF TOTAL.

1 DASH 8-400 DELIVERY.

APRIL 1999: 2,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 150 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 200 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 400 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: HDQWBB7.

GROUNDS 3 DORNIER 228'S & 5 B AE 146'S, ALL FOR SALE. 1 DASH 8Q-200 DELIVERY, 37 PAX, FOR TAIWAN TO MATSU ISLAND.

MAY 1999: COMPLETES MERGER OF EVA AIR (EVA) SUBSIDIARIES, GREAT CHINA AIRLINES (GCA), TAIWAN AIRWAYS, & (MAK), INTO UNI AIRWAYS.

TOP REGIONAL AIRLINE IN WORLD BY PASSENGER (PAX):
1 AMERICAN EAGLE 10.7M; 2 COMAIR (COI) 6.2M (+16.5%); 3 CONTINENTAL EXPRESS 5.6M (+15.6%); 4 SKYWEST 4.5M (+55.4%); 5 CROSSAIR (CSR) 4.4M (+19%); 6 KLM UK (UKL) 4.4M (+1.7%); 7 DLH CITYLINE 4.4M (+13.3%); 8 (MAK) 4.23M (+89.7%); 9 CANADIAN REGIONAL 4.19M (+23.1%); 10 HORIZON AIR 4.1M (+18.2%); 11 MESABA 4.04M (+26.5%); 12 AIR CANADA CONNECTOR
4.04 (+12.1%).

JUNE 1999: SOLD 5 B AE 146'S TO NATIONAL JETS ITALIA.

JULY 1999: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 685 MILLION (RPK) (+79%), 413,000 (FTK) (+167.1%), 2.29 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+109.5%).

AUGUST 1999: 1998 DOMESTIC PASSENGERS (PAX) (MILLION):
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.

ACCDT: (MAK) MD-90 (53536, /96) CAUGHT FIRE AFTER LANDING IN HUALIEN, TAIWAN = 28 INJURIES OF TOTAL 96. AIRPLANE DESTROYED & WRITTEN OFF (W/O).

SEPTEMBER 1999: PO-JUNG HSU REPLACES DAVID WANG AS PRESIDENT EGAT (EVA). N H HUANG EXECUTIVE VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$19.86 MILLION (+$1.74 MILLION).

DECEMBER 1999: 3 B AE 146-300's (E3161; E3174; E3205), RETURNED TO B AE.

APRIL 2000: 1,947 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 142 FC, 195 CA, & 411 MT).

(bod@uniair.com.tw).

JUNE 2000: B AE 146-300 (E3202) RETURNED TO B AE, LEASED TO NATIONAL JET ITALIA.

JULY 2000: 2001 = 685 Million RPK (+79%); 413K FTK (+167.1%); 2.29 Million PAX (+109.6%); 1,947 EMPLOYEES.

AUGUST 2000: POSTPONES DELIVERY OF ITS DASH 8-Q400'S BECAUSE OF POOR LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS. 1 MD-90-30 (2243-53601) LEASED TO (AMC) AIRLINES (AMF).

SEPTEMBER 2000: HANSEN CHEN, EX-EVA AIRWAYS (EVA), CHAIRMAN.

1 MD-90-30 (2217-53572, B-17917) LEASED TO PACIFIC AIRLINES (PAH).

OCTOBER 2000: 1 B AE 146-300 (E3205, G-NJID) SOLD TO NATIONAL JETS ITALIA (NJT).

MARCH 2001: PETER ZSE, CHAIRMAN; JAMES JENG, PRESIDENT.

APRIL 2001: 1,947 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 142 FC, 105 CA, & 411 MT).

2000 = -$32M: 55% LF (LOAD FACTOR).

SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 MD-90-30 (53554) LEASED TO (AMC) (AMF).

OCTOBER 2001: MOVES MOST OF ITS OPERATIONS FROM KAOHSIUNG TO THE TAIPEI DOMESTIC AIRPORT (SUNG SHAN) INCLUDING ENGINEERING, PLANNING, QUALITY CONTROL, AND SPARES MANAGEMENT.

2 MD-90-30 RETURNED FROM (AMC) (AMF).

DECEMBER 2001: PARENT EVA AIR (EVA) INJECTS $1.5 MILLION.

1 MD-90-30 WET-LEASED TO (EVA).

JANUARY 2002: 2 MD-90-30'S, 2-YEAR WET-LEASED TO FAR EASTERN AIR
TRANSPORT (FAT).

MARCH 2002: SITA: TPEWBB7.

January 2003: Kaohsiung - Macau - Shanghai (charters).

April 2003: 1,502 employees (including 130 Flight Crew (FC), 143 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 325 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

February 2004: Transasia (FSH), Mandarin Airlines (MDN), UNI Airways (MAK) & Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) met to consider possible merger to combat high-speed rail system to begin operations next year by June 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.

November 2004: (anniechang@uniair.com.tw).

February 2005: Selects SafTGlo floorprox system for 7 MD-90's.

July 2005: 1,475 employees (including 122 Flight Crew (FC); 176 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 303 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

September 2005: China gave the green light for China Airlines (CHI), (EVA) Air, Mandarin Airlines (MND) and Uni Airways (MAK) to transit its airspace after Taiwan agreed about a month ago that the carriers could apply for permission. Overflying China will cut the airlines' fuel consumption significantly on flights to Europe. Taiwan continues to spurn Chinese invitations to open direct flights to the mainland.

January 2006: DHC-8-311 (404, C-FHFY), sold to Avionco Canada.

May 2007: Kaoshiung - Ho Chi Minh City, using MD-90s.

February 2008: 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. See details in attached article - - "UNI-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.

July 2008: The 1st weekend of charter flights across the Taiwan Strait concluded with 11 carriers having offered services, which many regard as an important step toward the opening of scheduled flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. The 11 airlines are Air China (BEJ), China Southern Airlines (GUN), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), China Airlines (CHI), Mandarin Airlines (MDN), TransAsia Airways (FSH), Uni Air (MAK), and (EVA) Air.

Taiwanese aviation authorities reported that 6 airports handled 72 flights transporting 12,000 passengers July 4 through 7. Taipei Taoyuan handled 32 flights, followed by Taipei Songshan with 26. Makung (6), Kaohsiung (4), Taichung (2), and Hualien (2) handled the remainder. Corresponding statistics for the mainland were unavailable, but the (CAAC) (CAC) noted that there will be 144 round trip flights across the strait this month. Mainland carriers expect the flights to provide a new growth point as they have experienced slowing increases in demand, especially in May, when passenger volume dipped 1.1% year-over-year, the 1st decrease since 2003.

(GUN) Chairman Liu Shaoyong, who was aboard the inaugural A330 flight to Taipei, called the current allowance "too little" and said that "daily regular direct flights [without having to overfly Hong Kong] should be realized as soon as possible."

China Airlines (CHI)'s former Chairman Zhao Guoshuai, who resigned this week, agreed with Liu. He argued that "it is far from enough to operate only 72 charter flights every weekend." He expressed confidence that the flights "will exert a positive effect on China Airlines (CHI)" as the mainland is a new market for the Taipei-based carrier.

Meantime, (CEA) already has established an office in Taipei. According to Managing Director Cao Jianxiong, the Shanghai-based carrier plans to recruit staff and cabin crew in Taiwan in the future while (CHI) and (EVA) act as agents for ticket sales.

December 2008: Uni Airways (MAK) operates domestic, scheduled, jet airplane services and international services. Some regular charter flights are also operated.

Employees = 1,287.

(IATA) Code: B7 - 525. (ICAO) Code: UIA (Callsign - GLORY).

Parent organization/shareholders: EVA Air (EVA) (17.92%); Evergreen Development (17.01%); & others (65.07%).

Alliances: EVA Air (EVA).

Main Base: Taipei Sungshan airport (TSA); & Kaohsiung International airport (KHH).

Hub: Taipei Taoyuan International airport (TPE).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Chiayi; Hrngchun; Kaohsiung; Kinmen; Makung; Matsu; Nangan; Taichung; Tainan; Taipei; & Taitung.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Busan; Denpasar Bali; Kota Kinabalu; Hanoi; & Seoul.

September 2009: Delta (DAL) TechOps signed a 3-year contract with (EVA) Air and its UNI Air (MAK) subsidiary under which it will provide component services for (EVA)'s 747s and UNI (MAK)'s MD-90s in partnership with Evergreen Aviation Technologies.

November 2010: Air China (BEJ), including its Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) subsidiary, is now code sharing on cross-Strait flights with Taiwan’s (EVA) Air, including its regional member Uni Air (MAK). The cities involved are Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Tianjin, all from Taipei (mostly Taoyuan airport but also the more conveniently located Songshan airport for flights to Shanghai’s own close-in Hongqiao airport). Soon Air China (BEJ)’s Shandong Airlines (SHG) unit will also join in, adding Taipei - Qingdao flights to the list. Though Air China (BEJ) and (EVA) signed an interline pact for Taiwan-mainland passengers traveling through Hong Kong or Macao as early as 1995, the new arrangement enables (EVA) to promote Taiwan as a connecting hub into and out of the mainland for North American passengers.

September 2011: UNI Air (MAK), a subsidiary of (EVA) Air, has signed a contract with European regional turboprop manufacturer ATR to purchase 10 ATR 72-600s. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 3rd quarter 2012.

(MAK) will use its new ATR 72-600s to progressively replace the DHC-8-300 airplanes it now has in its fleet. (MAK)’s new ATRs will be equipped with advanced technologies such as a glass cockpit avionics suite and redesigned cabin interiors. The airplanes will feature Armonia cabin especially created for ATR by Italy’s Giugiaro Design and equipped for passengers’ enhanced comforts with lighter-weight slim-line seats and larger overhead bins that will accommodate a maximum number of carry-on bags.

(MAK) Chairman Tony Su said, “We are pleased to update our regional fleet with the most modern airplanes on the market. The new ATR 72-600 series will enable us to give our passengers the highest standards of comfort and, at the same time, optimize our fuel and operating costs. We are looking forward to introducing our new ATR airplanes and operating them in Asia.”

Later, (MAK) took delivery of its 1st of 10 new ATR 72-600s, the 1st ATR 72-600 in Asia. (MAK) said it will use the ATR 72-600 (1044, B-17001) to progressively replace existing 8 DHC-8-311s, adding more seats and launching new routes and frequencies.

The airplane is expected to enter into service on October 11 on the Taipei Song Shan (TSA) - Taitung Fegnin (TTT) service. From October 13, the airplane will be used on the (TSA) – Kinmen (KNH) service, initially operating 2x-weekly flights.

(MAK) also flies between Taiwan and Vietnam and serves 13 destinations in China. Its fleet includes 11 MD-90 and 8 Bombardier DHC-8-300 airplanes.

January 2013: Uni Air (MAK), the regional subsidiary of (EVA) Air, commenced services on the 760 km route from Taichung (RMQ) in western Taiwan to Macau (MFM) on December 25. Daily flights are offered on the route using MD-90s. Mandarin Airlines (MDN) and TransAsia Airways (FSH) each provide also daily departures on the route.

May 2013: UNI Air (MAK), the regional subsidiary of (EVA) Air, added 3 routes to its offering. On May 1st, (MAK) launched services on the 1,600 km route from Kaohsiung (KHH) in southern Taiwan to Jinan (TNA) in the eastern Chinese Shandong Province, while on May 4th, flights from Taichung (RMQ) to Changsha (CSX) and Guangzhou (CAN) commenced. All services are operated with single weekly frequencies and carried out using MD-90s.

June 2013: ATR 72-600 (1090, B-17005), ex-(F-WWEC) delivery.

December 2013: ATR 72-600 (1125, B-17008), ex-(F-WWEN) delivery.

January 2014: UNI Air (MAK) is a Taiwanese airline based in Zhongshan, Taipei, Taiwan, born following the merger of UNI Airways, Great China Airlines and Taiwan Airways in 1998. A domestic and regional subsidiary of (EVA) Air, (MAK) has recently started to expand its international presence, especially given the relative maturity of the domestic Taiwanese market. (MAK) operates a mixed fleet of 6 ATR 72s, 8 Dash 8-Q300s and 6 MD-90s, and could surpass its best passenger traffic result in 2013, as weekly international capacity data for August 2013 (9,988 seats) shows the highest amount of seats since its previous high in 2012 (9,342 seats).

UNI Air (MAK) started 3x-weekly flights on January 7th between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG). (MAK) will serve the 670 km sector with 184Y-seat A321s from its parent company, (EVA) Air, and will face direct competition from Shanghai Airlines (SHA) (9x-weekly flights) and TransAsia Airways (FSH) (3x-weekly flights). This is UNI Air (MAK)’s 2nd route to mainland China from Taipei Songshan, as it also serves Xiamen with 3x-weekly flights. In addition, from Taipei’s Taoyuan airport, (MAK) serves a further 10 destinations in China, with a total of 24 weekly flights.

Having carried >3 million passengers in 2012, representing a slight decrease of -0.2% over 2011 figures, (MAK) had its sights on further international growth in 2013, with new routes launched to Changsha and Guangzhou in China on May 4th. UNI Air (MAK) is now serving a total of 14 destinations in Mainland China. Even though the traffic declined in 2012, (MAK) did not have a bad year when compared to 2011, as (ASK)s went up by +14%, cargo increased by +19% and the load factor grew by +1.3% points to >73% LF.

After a period of operational rationalization in the middle part of the last decade, UNI Air (MAK) consolidated its annual passenger performance over the last 4 years after the restoration of air links between China and Taiwan in December 2008. Indeed, its load factors over this period peaked in 2010 at 76% LF, recovering from the low of 67% LF in 2004, the year in which it delivered the highest overall passenger traffic.

Following the defrosting of relations between China and Taiwan, cross-strait services have become an important element of UNI Air (MAK)’s international growth strategy. Therefore, out of the top 13 routes, 11 are services operated to Mainland China, with Taipei Taoyuan – Shenzhen maintaining its top position in 2014 and accounting for 13% of all weekly international seats. The 2 remaining routes serve the Vietnamese market from Kaohsiung (SEE ATTACHED - - "MAK-2013-01 - TOP INTERNATIONAL ROUTES").

Weekly international seat capacity has slightly increased by +0.3%, with 8 out of 13 services recording growth, when comparing data from this January with the same week last year. The stand out performance is that emanating from Taipei Songshan – Xiamen, which experienced double-digit growth of +21%, while the 1,865 km sector between Taipei Taoyuan and Shenyang provided the greatest capacity decrease (-7%). Overall, the top 13 international routes in UNI Air (MAK)’s network are relatively stable. Nonetheless, not every international service has been an unqualified success, with (MAK) withdrawing the daily services between Taichung and Macau in February 2013.

Looking at UNI Air (MAK)’s flying program for the same week 4 years ago, the ability to provide more cross-strait services into China triggered the most market growth, as weekly seat capacity has been increased by +145% in January 2014. In the same period, capacity to the Vietnamese market has grown by +56%.

May 2014: Uni Air (((IATA) Code: B7, based at Taipei Sung Shan) (MAK) is planning to dispose of its last 3 remaining DHC-8-300s (405; 443; & 571) with the last of the turboprops to be retired from service in August before being sold off in September.

Used on its domestic routes, the (EVA) Air ((IATA) Code: BR, based at Taipei Taoyuan) subsidiary said that it intends to replace the aging Bombardier (BMB) equipment with newer ATR 72-600s sourced from Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac). It currently already operates 8 ATR 72-600s and has another 5 on order.

September 2014: ATR 72-600 (1175, B-17012), ex-(F-WWEP), Aviation (PLC) leased.

February 2015: TransAsia Airways (FSH) has canceled 90 scheduled flights and is sending all its active ATR pilots (FC) for retraining under the scrutiny of Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), following the fatal crash of an ATR 72-600.

The ATR 72-600, carrying 53 passengers and 5 crew ((FC) & (CA)), crashed into a river in Taipei on February 4 just >3 minutes after taking off. The death toll stands at 40 people, including the 2 pilots (FC). 15 passengers survived the crash, leaving 3 people still unaccounted for.

Investigators said February 6 that both Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) (PW127M) engines stopped producing thrust during the brief flight.

“All [our] 71 ATR pilots (FC) will take part in proficiency tests carried out by the [Taiwan] (CAA) and 3rd-party professionals for an estimated 4 days,” (FSH) said.

A spokesperson for Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council Thomas Wang, confirmed that information from the flight data recorder (FDR) showed an alarm went off on flight GE235’s right engine only 37 seconds after takeoff from Taiwan, but that immediately afterward, the left engine was shut down. “The pilots (FC) had not followed normal procedure,” he added.

The pilot (FC) retraining recall follows an order from the (CAA) that both TransAsia (FSH) and its subsidiary, Uni Air (MAK) carry out engine and fuel system inspections on all the (PW127M) power plants on their ATR 72 fleet.

Flight GE235 was a relatively new airplane, delivered to (FSH) by the manufacturers in April last year. It had last seen maintenance January 26, according to a statement by (FSH) (CEO) Peter Chen.

This is the 3rd fatal crash (FSH) has suffered in 3 years and the 2nd in the last 12 months, following the crash of flight GE222 at Magong Airport, Penghu last July that killed 48 passengers.

That followed the fatal crash of a cargo ATR 72-200F in 2012 flying from Taipei to Macau, in which both crew members (FC) died.

April 2015: (EVA) Air’s plans to amalgamate with its Uni Air (MAK) domestic arm to make a single consolidated carrier have been put on hold. Following regulator concerns over Airplane Operator Certificate (AOC) permits, the Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation & Communications is looking at route allocations for a possible single (EVA) Air carrier.

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.

August 2016: ATR 72-600 (1344, B-17016), ex-(F-WWED).

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
MAK-ATR72-600-2011-09
MAK-ATR72-600-2014-05
MAK-MD-90-30-2010-03

December 2016:

0 767-200, (EVA) LSD. RTND.

8 MD-90-30 (V2528-D5) (2158-53535, /96 B-17911; 2160-53536, /96; 2162-53537, /96 B-17913; 2168-53538, /97 B-17915; 2172-53539, /97 B-17916; 2193-53571, /97 B-17198; 2217-53572, /98 B-17197), 53572 LST (PAH) 2000-09. 53536 WFU. 12C, 143Y.

6 MD-90-30 (V2525-D5) (2166-53554, /97 B-17921; 2173-53569, /97 B-17919; 2186-53574, /97 B-17920; 53575; 2243-53601, /98 B-17922), 53601 LST (AMF) 2000-08, RTND 2001-10. 53575 WFU. 12C, 143Y.

2 MD-90-30 (V2525-D5) (2153-53534, /96 B-17923; 2171-53568, /98 B-17925), EX-(EVA). 53554 LST (AMF) 2001-09. RF (AMF) 2001-10. 2 WET-LST 2-YR (FAT) 2002-01 (53534; 57171). 12C, 140Y.

2 A321-200, (EVA) WET-LSD 2014-01. 184Y.

9 +4 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (PW127M) (1044, B-17001 - - SEE PHOTO - - "MAK-ATR 72-600 - 2014-05" 2012-09; 1090, B-17005, 2013-06; 1125, B-17008, 2013-12; 1175, B-17012, 2014-09; 1344, /16 B-17016, 2016-08).

0 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) (E3205, G-NJID TO (NJT) 2000-10).

1 DASH 8-Q200 (PW123) (522, /99 B-17201), 37Y.

8 DHC-8-311 (PW123) (379, /94 B-15217; 381, /94 B-15219; 325, /92 B-15221; 404, /95 B-15223; 405, /95 B-15225; 406, /95 B-15227; 407, /95 B-15229; 414, /95 B-15231; 402, /95 B-15233; 443, /97 B-15235; 467, /97 B-15237; 571, /01 B-15239). 320 RTND 2001-08. 404; ST AVIONCO CANADA 2006-01. 56Y.

0 ORDERS DHC-8-400, TO REPLACE -300'S, POSTPONED. CANCELED 6 ORDERS DASH 8Q-400 & /6 OPTIONS. 37Y.

2 DORNIER 228-212 (TPE331-5A-A5AD) (8234, /96 B-11152; 8235, /96 B-11156). +2 ORDERS DORNIER 328-100. ALL GROUNDED. 8177 ST TRANSVOYAGER 2003-04. WET-LST (MDN). 19Y.

0 BN 2-2A ISLANDER.

Management:
(definitions)

TONY SU, CHAIRMAN.

DEREK CHEN, PRESIDENT.

S J CHEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE VP.

WEI-CHOU CHEN, EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CHING-HSI YU, EXECUTIVE VP BUSINESS.

N H HUANG, EXECUTIVE VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (EGAT).

JACOB LEE, JUNIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (jacoblee@uniair.com.tw).

CAPTAIN VINCENT LEE, CHIEF PILOT.

HUNK CHEN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT SAFETY (hunkchen@uniair.com.tw).

KUANG-RUANG LIU, SENIOR VP FINANCE.

I J LIN, SENIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

T C SHIAO, SENIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (tcshiao@uniair.com.tw).

KEN CHANG, SENIOR VP CORPORATE PLANNING.

WEBSTER HUANG, SENIOR VP GENERAL AFFAIRS.

JAMES TSO, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE PLANNING (KHHMAB7).

OWEN WU, JUNIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (KHHMAB7),
(pps-emd@uniair.com.tw).

M C HSU, JUNIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2000-12).

ROGER LEE, JUNIOR VP SUPPLY & ADMINISTRATION (1998-06).

MARK LEE, JUNIOR VP QUALITY ASSURANCE (2002-01).

ALAN CHANG, JUNIOR VP TRAFFIC.

PAUL CHENG, ASSISTANT TO VP MAINTENANCE.

KEN GUO, DEPUTY JUNIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2002-01).

H H YANG, DEPUTY JUNIOR VP AIRCRAFT PLANNING & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

JEROME LIRN, DEPUTY JUNIOR VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE SPECIAL PROJECTS.

DON LYNCH, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

EARL KERR, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

W H CHEN, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

 
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