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TransAsia Airways (復興航空)
Founded 1951
Hubs Taipei Songshan Airport
Fleet size 17 (+1 order)
Destinations 11
Parent company Traser
Headquarters Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan)

TransAsia Airways (復興航空) is an airline based in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). It mainly serves the domestic market but also has limited scheduled international services to Macau and South Korea and charter services to some holiday destinations.



The name of the airline in Chinese, 復興航空, literally means "the airline of the restoration of glory". It was named for the desire and determination of the Nationalist to return to and recover mainland China after retreating to Taiwan and losing the mainland to the Communist.


TransAsia was formed in 1951 as one of the first private civil airline in Taiwan, flying the Taipei - Hualien - Taitung - Kaohsiung route. It also served as local agent of foreign airlines and provided airport ground handling services for foreign airlines.

Air services ceased in 1958 when the management of the airline decided to concentrate their attention on their agency businesses. It established its airline meal catering services in the same year.

Domestic flights were resumed in 1988, after an absence in the market for 30 years. In 1991, first ATR72 aircraft joined the airline. In 1992, unscheduled charter services to international destinations, including Laoag, Manila, Cebu, Phnom Penh, Surabaya, Yangon, Phuket, Danang and Manado started. The Airbus A320 joined the fleet, becoming the first jet in the airline.

First scheduled international services started in 1995 to Macau and Surabaya.


Besides flight operations, TransAsia Airways operate as a local agent in Taiwan for some foreign airlines, such as Thai Airways International.[1] It also has an airport ground handling services branch, airline meal catering branch at Taipei and Kaohsiung and an aircraft maintenance and engineering branch.


TrasnAsia Airways operate the following scheduled and charter services:

ATR-72 from TransAsia Airways taking off from Kaohsiung


Airbus A321 aircraft of TransAsia

The TransAsia Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2007) [1]:

TransAsia Airways average fleet age is 9.33 years old in June 2007.

Accidents and Incidents

  • TransAsia Airways cargo flight 79, an ATR 72-200, crashed due to icing on December 21, 2002 during flight from Taipei to Macau. Both crew members were killed. The plane encountered severe icing conditions beyond the icing certification envelope of the aircraft and crashed into sea 17 km southwest of Makung city. The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan investigation found that the crash was caused by ice accumulation around the plane's major components, resulting in the aircraft's loss of control. The investigation identified that flight crew did not respond to the severe icing conditions with the appropriate alert situation awareness and did not take the necessary actions.[2]


An empty positioning ATR-72 crashed in 1995 as well.

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