celestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 459 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2895 times:
I read with great interest that the chairman of Transasia, announced that the company is very optimistic about direct air between Taipei city airport to Shanghai Hong Qiao and other destination in China that "talks are under way to get finance to buy 27o pax class plane...." Can anyone confirm this news? Until now, Transasia only operate some ATR and A321 and A320, for them to go wide bodies would be very interesting news. The news also reported that the company plan to convert A320 to Combi, which I am not aware there is any Combi version for Airbus narrow body jets.
brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1810 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2278 times:
For the last 18 months or so, I've heard of plans to lease two (or more) A330s for the China routes. The China routes are incredibly popular -- load factors approaching 100%. Since they're not regularly scheduled flights, but rather "scheduled charters" the prices are higher and not as heavily discounted.
However, there is one significant problem with the idea of widebodies flying between TSA and China -- TSA is currently unable to containerize baggage (cargo doesn't come into the picture, since "scheduled charter" flights are not allowed to carry cargo currently). That means that baggage will have to be hand-loaded and off-loaded. That will increase turn-times.
It's possible that GE will invest in the equipment needed to containerize the baggage, but TSA still lacks the infrastructure to do it all efficiently.
I believe Shanghai Air has, in the past, used a 767 between PVG and TSA -- but that has been a rare upguage from the 757 normally used.
cosmofly From United States of America, joined May 2009, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks ago) and read 2261 times:
The Taiwan - China market can grow very fast. Given the time line, Transasia may be best served if they can get 767 quickly and cheaply. Among all widebodies, only 767 slots may have a chance to react to quick deliveries of new orders.
Also given the short distances, 767's relative inefficiency may not a key factor. A 2-4-2 seat arrangement for high density short hauls will serve the market and Transasia very well.
huaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1122 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Quoting brenintw (Reply 2): Since they're not regularly scheduled flights, but rather "scheduled charters" the prices are higher and not as heavily discounted.
Didn't they operate as regular scheduled flights since 31 August last year?
The cross-straits flights must be one of the biggest success stories of the China-Taiwan saga. And flights are set to increase with the current cap of 270 flights per week increased to 370 from 14 June.
I dream of seeing the A380 flying over the Taiwan Straits one day!
It's huaiwei...not huawei. I have nothing to do with the PRC! :)
celestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
The news I read was specific about a pax load of 270. If that is the case, looks like B767 is not a candidate. I was thinking more of a A330 type. EVA still has 3 777-300ER that has not been delivered (seat problem from manufacturer?) China Airlines is reported to go for leasing 3 more A330 since their next order of new aircraft is A350. I think it is going to be interesting to see how airlines in Taiwan try to add capacity.