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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1991. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
13TH FLOOR, NO 134 MINSHENG EAST ROAD, SECTION 3
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.
SEPTEMBER 1994: MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) IS A SUBSIDIARY OF CHINA AIRLINES (CHI).
$160 MILLION, 1 ORDER 747-400 (PW4000), 411 PAX: 18F, 93C, 300Y.
JANUARY 1995: 1994 (1993) = +$2 MILLION (+$7.2 MILLION): +21.4% (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC), +20.5% PASSENGERS (PAX), +43.9% (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC), 71.9% LF (LOAD FACTOR).
JUNE 1995: 1 747-400 (RT636) DELIVERY. 4X-WEEKLY TO VANCOUVER.
MAY 1996: NEW CHARTER ROUTE TO NORTH KOREA.
JANUARY 1997: PETER BIEN CHAIRMAN, RESIGNED, REPLACED BY GENERAL CHIANG HUNG-YI, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN CHINA AIRLINES (CHI).
APRIL 1997: 747SP TO CHINA AIRLINES (CHI).
JULY 1997: 300 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 178 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
SEPTEMBER 1997: CODE SHARE WITH CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI).
OCTOBER 1997: TO BRISBANE (747SP).
APRIL 1998: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 (FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 1998: M KIN DIRECTOR ENGINEERING MAINTENANCE.
NOVEMBER 1998: POSSIBLE MERGER WITH FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM).
DECEMBER 1998: MERGER WITH FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM), FOR DOMESTIC SERVICES UNDER MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) NAME TO BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1999.
MARCH 1999: OWNER, CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE MERGER OF FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM) INTO MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN).
(CHI) WILL HAND OVER ALL DOMESTIC SERVICE TO (MDN), & TAKE OVER INTERNATIONAL ROUTES OF (MDN), TO CANADA & AUSTRALIA. (MDN) TO OPERATE REGIONAL ROUTES, & TO MAINLAND CHINA.
CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) WILL REDUCE 100% OWNERSHIP TO <70% STAKE. 41% IN FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM), BY (CHI), TO STAY SAME.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$2.2 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
MD-11 (48468, B-150) RETURNED TO (CHI).
APRIL 1999: 350 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TPEBDAE.
MAY 1999: WHEN MERGER IS COMPLETED NEXT MONTH, MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) WILL ACQUIRE 4 737-800'S ON LEASE, AND BUY THEM LATER.
2 747 SP'S GROUNDED AND FOR SALE, OR WILL BE SCRAPPED.
AUGUST 1999: ACCDT: (CHI)/(MDN) MD-11 (48468, /92 31 06) LANDING AT HONG KONG IN BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS, CRASHED, AND FLIPPED OVER, CATCHING FIRE = 3 FATALITIES OF 315.
SEPTEMBER 1999: SZU-PIN LEE EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICAL & ADMINISTRATION. M CHIN, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
OCTOBER 1999: TO RETURN ROUTES: TO VANCOUVER (747-400), SYDNEY (MD-11), & BRISBANE (MD-11), TO PARENT CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) IN SUMMER 2000. PLANS FOR SERVICE TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND; AND YANGON, MYANMAR. WILL TAKE OVER CHINA AIRLINES CHI'S MAJOR DOMESTIC ROUTE TO KAOHSIUNG (20X-DAILY).
WILL EXPAND REGIONALLY, AND ACQUIRE 6 737-800'S (3 BY END OF 1999 & 3 IN 2000). WILL RETURN MD-11 TO (CHI), AND SELL 747-400.
NOVEMBER 1999: CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) REDUCES ITS STAKE IN MANDARIN AIRLINES (MDN) FROM 90% TO 70%, WITH POSSIBILITY OF LATER DROPPING IT TO 50%.
DECEMBER 1999: TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (737-800, 2X-WEEKLY).
MARCH 2000: STEVEN LIAO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, EX-FORMOSA AIRLINES (FRM). ZU-FENG HSU MANAGER TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING, EX-(FRM).
APRIL 2000: 900 EMPLOYEES.
IN MAY 2000, TO SAIPAN (737-800, 158 PAX, 2/WEEK).
JULY 2000: CHARTER SERVICE, KAOHSIUNG TO PHNOM PENH.
AUGUST 2000: 1 737-8Q8 (284020, B-18601), (CHI) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 2000: 3 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 737-809'S, (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED (28236; 30636; 30664).
FEBRUARY 2001: KAOHSIUNG TO LAUT BALI, INDONESIA AND TO DENPASAR (737-800, DAILY). TO KUANTAN (737-800, 2X-WEEKLY).
1 737-8Q8 (30636, B-16805), (ILF) LEASED. 1 SAAB 340B (364) SOLD TO ABB CREDIT FINANCE.
APRIL 2001: 900 EMPLOYEES.
BASED AT TAIPEI (CHIANG KAI SHEK INTERNATIONAL).
OCTOBER 2001: TO KATHMANDU (737-800, WEEKLY).
JANUARY 2002: KAOHSIUNG TO PHNOM PENH.
APRIL 2002: 695 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 97 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 89 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 145 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
(http://www.mandarin-airlines.com). SITA: TPEBEAE.
MAIN BASE: TAIPEI TO CHIANG KAI SHEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TPE).
OWNER: CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) (100%).
ALLIANCES: UNI AIRWAYS (MAK).
DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED SERVICES: CHI MEI; HUALIEN; KAOHSIUNG; MAKUNG; TAICHUNG; TAIPEI; TAITUNG; & WONAN.
INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED SERVICES: CEBU; CHIANG MAI; DENPASAR (BALI); PHNOM PENH; & YANGON.
July 2002: In October 2002, to take over Taitung to Green Island/Orchid Island service from Uni Air (MAK).
August 2002: Kaohsiung to Hong Kong (737-800).
September 2002: Signs up for Boeing Portable Maintenance Aid (PMA) troubleshooting software.
October 2002: 1 737-800, wet-leased to Palau Trans Pacific (PTP), to start operations from Palau to Taiwan, in 11/02. Saab 340B (336, B-3655), bought from Shandong Airlines (SHG).
November 2002: 1 737-8Q8 (739-28236, B-16802), wet-leased to President Airlines, for service between Phnom Penh, Taipei, and Bangkok. 2 orders 737-700QC, for cargo service to Hong Kong.
March 2003: Taipei to Seoul (Incheon) (737-800, 3x-weekly, scheduled charter service).
October 2003: 737-8Q8 (768-30636, B-16805) wet-leased to China Airlines (CHI).
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 6/05 with link Taipei to Kaohsiung, projecting 100 Million passengers/year for 215 mile route, cutting 4 hours rail time to 90 minutes, with fares -30% of air fares.
Plans to return its 3 737-800's to (ILF) and lease 2 F 100's by 6/04 for total 4.
June 2004: 1st of 3 F 100's, Debis AirFinance (DEA) leased.
July 2004: (firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: TPEBDAE.
F 100 (11527, B-12295), Jakarta Aircraft Finance leased.
August 2004: 2 F 100's (11461, B-12297; 11505, B-12296), Jakarta Aircraft Finance leased leased.
December 2004: 661 employees (including 88 (FC), 84 (CA), & 139 (MT)).
June 2005: Mandarin Airlines (MDN) provides both regional & domestic scheduled services and charter flights.
622 employees (83 Flight Crew (FC); Cabin Attendants (CA); & 136 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: AE - 803. (ICAO) Code: MDA - MANDARIN AIR.
(Telephone: +886 2 2514 2046). (FAX: +886 2 2546 0160).
Parent organization/shareholders: China Airlines (CHI) (90.05%).
Main Base: Taipei Chiang Kai Shek International (TPE).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Chi Mei; Green Island; Hengchun; Hualien; Kaohsiung; Kinmen; Makung; Orchid Island; Taichung; Taipei; Taitung; & Wonan.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Cebu; Chiang Mai; Hong Kong; Subic Bay; & Yangon.
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.
July 2006: Taiwan's Mandarin Airlines (MDN) will lease 3 Embraer E190s and 5 E195s from (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF). The airplanes come from the existing (GECAS) (GEF) backlog and are scheduled to begin delivering in the 2nd quarter of 2007. Configured in a single seating class, they will replace Mandarin (MDN)'s existing fleet of F 100s and F 50s on domestic routes, and eventually will help develop short-haul international markets.
Mandarin Airlines (MDN), a regional subsidiary of China Airlines (CHI), signed a letter of intent with (GE) for an 8-year OnPoint Solutions agreement for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) of the (CF34-10E)s that will power its new Embraer E190/E195 airplanes.
December 2006: 3 orders (4/07) Embraer E190s and 5 orders (5/07) E195s, GECAS (GEF) leased to replace its F 50s and F 100s on domestic routes, but will also introduce these airplanes on short-haul intra-regional markets throughout Asia.
April 2007: Starts Kaoshiung to Ho Chi Minh City, using 737-800s.
May 2007: Embraer delivered the 1st of 8 E190s (00087, B-16821) to Mandarin Airlines (MDN), its 1st to a Taiwanese carrier. The E190s are being leased from (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF) and will replace F 50s and F 100s.
June 2007: Embraer E190-100 IGW (00091, B-16822), delivery.
August 2007: E190-100 IGW (00099, B-16823), delivery. F 50 (20312), to Alliance Australia as (VH-FKX).
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 to 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 - - "MDN-RAIL-FEB08."
Mandarin Airlines (MDN) quit the Taipei to Taichung route last May and Uni Air (MAK) cancelled its Taipei to Chiayi service in August. Next month, Uni (MAK) plans to withdraw from Taipei to Kaohsiung and (FAT) is expected to cancel its Taipei to Tainan, and Kaohsiung to Hualien flights. Mandarin (MDN) plans to suspend service from Taichung to Taitung.
April 2008: E190 (0167, B-16825), delivery.
May 2008: E190 (0175, B-16826), delivery.
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 first 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 (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, (CEA) plans to recruit staff and cabin crew in Taiwan in the future, while (CHI) and (EVA) act as agents for ticket sales.
July 2009: China Airlines (CHI) and subsidiary Mandarin Airlines (MDN) announced they will launch six new routes from Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung to Xiamen, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Changsha and Xi'an aboard A330-300s, 747-400s, 737-800s and E190s.
E190 (0302, B-16829), delivery.
March 2013: The China Airlines (CHI) Group has signed an extensive long-term content agreement with Amadeus. The new deal offers Amadeus travel agents access to a comprehensive range of fares, schedules and availability from China Airlines (CHI) and subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines (MDN).
June 2013: Mandarin Airlines (MDN) inaugurated its 8th route to China from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE), when it commenced scheduled operations on the 2,100 km route to Lijiang (LJG) in the north-west of the Yunnan province, on June 26. 3x-weekly services are offered on the route and operated using 737-800s. Initially, there is no competition on the route; however, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) plans to launch its own service in the market on July 26.
December 2013: Mandarin Airlines (MND), the regional and domestic subsidiary of China Airlines (CHI), has launched scheduled international flights from Taichung (RMQ) to Osaka Kansai (KIX). On November 27th (MND) began operating 5x-weekly flights between the 2 airports using (MDN)’s E190s (of which it has 8 in total). The 1,810 km route is (MDN)’s first route to Osaka Kansai and will not compete with any other carriers. Last year, Taichung Airport was Taiwan’s fourth busiest, handling almost 1.6 million passengers. The airport’s new terminal opened earlier this year with an annual capacity of over >2.5 million passengers.
February 2014: China Airlines (CHI) will take over the Taichung Ching Chuan Kang to Osaka Kansai route, currently flown by subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines (MDN). (CHI) will begin daily services on March 30, 2014 using a 737-800. (MDN) currently operates 5x-weekly E190 services on the route.
Mandarin Airlines (MDN) is starting a new service between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Fuzhou (FOC) in eastern China. Operated 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays), but by (MDN)’s parent, China Airlines (CHI)’s 737-800s, the 254 km sector started on February 18th. The route will be flown in direct competition with Xiamen Airlines (XIA) (6x-weekly) and TransAsia Airways (FSH) (4x-). In addition, (MDN) will face indirect competition from Taipei Taoyuan to Fuzhou, operated by Xiamen (XIA) (daily) and UNI Air (MAK) (2x-weekly).
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 >10,000 ft/3,048 m, 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.
November 2017: Mandarin Airlines (MDN) received its 1st ATR72-600.
August 2018: At 19:36 (CST) on August 22, a Mandarin Airlines (MDN) ATR72 overran the runway after landing at the Taichung Airport (RMQ) due to a tire burst upon touchdown. The flight, AE788, was operated by aircraft registered as (B-18652). The flight flew from Penghu (MZG) to Taichung (RMQ). The airport has already been closed due to the accident.
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0 ORDERS 737-700QC (CFM56-7B), 3 CANCELED.
3 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (739-28236, /00 B-16802; 743-30664, /00 B-16803; 768-30636 /01 B-16805, 2001-02), (ILF) LEASED, 28236 WET-LEASED TO (PSD) 2002-11. 30636 WET-LEASED TO (CHI) 2003-10. 168Y.
0 737-809 (CFM56-7B) (113-28402, /98 03 03, B-18601, 2000-08; 117-28403, /98 B-18602), (CHI) WET-LEASED. 28402 RTT (CHI). ALL RETURNED. 158 PAX.
0 747-409D (PW4056) (1063-27965, /95 12 02), RETURNED (CHI). 411 PAX, 18F, 93C, 300Y.
1 A340-300 (B-18851).
1 ATR72-600 (B-18652), 2017-11.
4 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 228-212 (TPE331-5A-252D) (8234, /96 B-11152; 8235, /96 B-11156; 8215, /92 B-12253; 8224, /94 B-12259), 19Y.
5 F 50 (PW125B) (20316, /96 B-12270; 20284, /95 B-12271; 20286, /95 B-12272; 20303, /95 B-12273; 20306, /95 B-12275; 20312, /96 B-12276), 20312; TO ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA AS (VH-FKX) 2007-08. 56Y.
3 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11500, /95 B-12291; 11496, /96 B-12292; 11505, B-12295; 11517, B-12293), (DEA) LEASED. 11517; RETURNED 2008-09. 109Y.
3 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11461, B-12297, 2004-08; 11505, B-12296, 2004-08; 11527, B-12295 2004-07), JAKARTA AIRCRAFT (FIN) LEASED. 109Y.
1 SAAB 340B (336, B-3655), EX-(SHG) 2002-10.
6 EMBRAER E190 (00087, B-16821, 2007-05; 00091, B-16822, 2007-06; 00099, B-16823, 2007-08; 0167, B-16825, 2008-04; 0175, B-16826, 2008-05; 0302, B-16829, 2009-07 - - SEE PHOTO - - "MDN-E190-2010-11"), (GEF) LSD. 104Y.
5 EMBRAER E195.
CAPTAIN YUN-LIN LEE, CHAIRMAN (2001-10) (ALSO (CHI), EX-(FAT), RETIRED.
RINGO CHAO, PRESIDENT, NOW CHAIRMAN & (CEO) OF CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) (2007-11).
TA-HSIN (MICHAEL) LO, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
KUO-YU CHANG, EXECUTIVE VP.
SZU-PIN LEE, EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICAL & ADMINISTRATION (1999-10).
MU CHIN, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT (TPEMZAE) ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
Y-MING HSIEH, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, (TPEOZAE),
TE-LUNG TSAI, DIRECTOR SAFETY & SECURITY, (TPEOFAE),
CAPTAIN LI-YA (NORMAN) PIN, CHIEF PILOT.
STEVEN LIAO, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING MAINTENANCE, EX-(FRM) (2000-02) (TXGMZAE) (email@example.com).
TIM CHIANG, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (2000-12).
C F HUANG, DIRECTOR FINANCIAL.
S J SUN, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
YVONNE LIU, DIRECTOR MARKETING & PLANNING.
JAMES SHIH, DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING.
ZU-FENG HSU, MANAGER TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING, EX-(FRM) (2000-02).
ALEX HSU, ASSISTANT MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE.