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Starlux Airlines embraces next-gen connectivity with SITAONAIR

Starlux Airlines, is gearing up for its commercial launch by announcing its partnership with SITAONAIR to bring next-generation inflight connectivity (IFC) to its passengers.  SITAONAIR will deploy its award-winning Internet ONAIR Wi-Fi portal – powered by Link ONAIR over Inmarsat’s high-speed GX Aviation satellite network – aboard the airline’s A321neos and A350s....

Engine failure and crew errors caused deadly Taipei crash

A plane crash in Taiwan that killed 43 people when a passenger jet plunged into a river was caused by engine failure and flight crew errors, a damning final investigation report found. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei’s Songshan airport last February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Only 15 people survive...

Aviation museum first in Taiwan to exhibit suspended planes

The newly completed Aviation Education Exhibition Center in the southern city of Kaohsiung not only features an exterior design shaped like a UFO, but also has something unique inside -- it is the first museum in Taiwan where historically important planes are exhibited suspended from the ceiling. The UFO exterior design is aimed at portraying the idea of an advanced high-tech aircraft carrying...

Pilots blamed for Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crash

Two TransAsia Airways pilots caused a 2014 plane crash that left 48 people dead by flying too low as they attempted to land on an island during a typhoon, Taiwan’s aviation authorities said Friday. Taiwan’s aviation body said the pilots flew below the minimum altitude required in poor visibility caused by Typhoon Matmo on July 23, 2014, in its final report into the airline’s s...

Flight instructor blamed for Do-228 belly landing

Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council (ASC) has concluded that the incompetence of a flight instructor was the main cause behind a Daily Air Dornier Do-228 belly landing in December 2014. Registered B-55565, the aircraft took off from Taitung airport for a training mission at the nearby Green Island. The Council found that both the instructor pilot and the training captain did not...

Double aviation taxation avoidance pact will benefit Taiwan, Macau: MOF

The newly concluded Taiwan-Macau double taxation avoidance agreement on aviation businesses will boost the development of air transport between the two sides and increase bilateral business and people-to-people exchanges, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Taiwanese carriers Eva Air and TransAsia Airways, as well as Tigerair Taiwan -- a joint venture between Taiwan's China Airlines...

Flights to Be Affected by Aviation Tests at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport

Aviation tests will be conducted for 10 days starting Monday at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and some flights will be affected during that time, the airport's operator Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) said Sunday. Flight tests will be conducted between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from Dec. 7-11 and Dec. 14-18, while landings and tak...

Taiwan to Start Using Bomb Detection Dogs on Aircraft

Starting Thursday, Taiwan will step up its efforts to improve flight safety by employing sniffer dogs to check all aircraft departing for Europe, the Aviation Police Bureau said Wednesday. The new measure will start with the first EVA Airways to leave for Paris on Thursday, as Taiwan seeks to improve flight safety in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, the bureau...

Latest Cathay Pacific Lounge Focuses on At-Home Comforts

Cathay Pacific Airways has opened a new lounge for passengers traveling out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, with a special focus on personal comforts to help First and Business class travelers feel at home. Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, the Taipei lounge is marked by understated elegance with soothing neutral tones and natural materials, i...

Demand for LCC services could drive the local aviation market, says Boeing

Increasing demand for no-frills air services in Taiwan, among other Northeast Asian countries, could become a major driver of growth in the region's aviation market, a Boeing executive said Friday. Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said market performance of the company's single-aisle aircraft — the majority of its airplane deliveries over...

Woman Passenger from Taiwan Might Pay Compensation for U.S. Plane Birth

A woman deported to her homeland Taiwan after giving birth on a flight to the U.S. in an apparent attempt to give her baby American citizenship may have to pay hefty compensation for forcing the plane to divert. The China Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Alaska en route from Taipei to Los Angeles on Oct. 8. Airline spokeswoman Weni Lee says the airline's insur...

Beagle Trio Scour Taipei Airport for Fire Ants

Nine-year-old Snoopy and seven-year-old Miffy are working important jobs at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. However, instead of searching the baggage claim area for narcotics or banned produce, the two beagles are hunting much smaller prey: red imported fire ants. The Taoyuan International Airport Corp said the facility now has three beagles working to eradicate red-imported fire a...