Starlux Airlines opens recruiting for 127 personnel: expecting recovery of aviation tourism industry

Starlux Airlines announced that it was seeking 127 recruits for flight crew and ground service personnel starting today, March 31. The positions are to fill manpower demand for new aircraft delivered, and flight routes opening in the second half of 2021, the airline said. Vacancies include cabin crew, maintenance, sales, customer service, airport operations and internal administration jobs. Starlux Airlines CEO Glenn Chai said that the global aviation industry has been hit hard by the epidemic in the past year,

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Taiwan’s China Airlines launches last chance farewell party flight on retiring “Queen of the Skies” Boeing 747

China Airlines is offering a last chance to fly on its 747-400 in the form of a “747 Queen of the Skies Farewell Party,” before retiring the aircraft from service. Originally scheduled for February 6, the farewell flight was postponed due to a coronavirus cluster infection in Taoyuan City in January. China Airlines today announced that the flight has been rescheduled for March 20. Passengers who were originally booked for the February 6 flight, and who are unable to make

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Details of fatal ultralight crash emerge as investigation begins

Further details about a fatal plane crash in Pingtung County yesterday have emerged as an investigation by Taiwan’s Transportation Safety Investigation Committee began today, January 8. See previous story: Light aircraft reported missing found crashed in Pingtung County: 2 dead The aircraft was identified as a CTLS ultralight belonging to the AeroJones Aero Club, with the serial number AJ-2199. The aircraft took off from the Saijia Airfield in Sandimen Township, Pingtung County at around 2:20 pm with a planned flight

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Light aircraft reported missing found crashed in Pingtung County: 2 dead

Fire Bureau search and rescue teams have located a light aircraft reported missing in Pingtung County this afternoon, and both occupants died in the crash. The Pingtung County Fire Bureau received a report about the missing plane at 4:35 pm, according to reports by Taiwan’s Central News Agency and United Daily News. The aircraft carrying a 50-year-old flight coach named Lin, and a 24-year-old passenger named Chen, took off from a light aircraft airfield in Gaoshu Township at around 2:00

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China Airlines Cargo shrinks the “China” and brings Taiwan image to the fore

China Airlines introduced its new Boeing 777F air freighter today, December 14, with a new livery that put the “China” in smaller letters at the tail end of the plane, and a big image of Taiwan front and center. The new livery comes after humanitarian flights delivering anti-epidemic supplies from Taiwan to various countries earlier this year were mistaken as having come from the People’s Republic of China. See previous story: Calls to rename Taiwan’s national airline raised again after

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Calls to rename Taiwan’s national airline raised again after BBC uses picture to illustrate China cabin crew diaper story

Taiwanese citizens were once again left red-faced after the BBC used a picture of Taiwan’s national carrier “China Airlines” to illustrate a news report about Chinese cabin crew being advised to wear diapers during flights as an epidemic prevention measure. At the same time, it was acknowledged that the fault did not lay with the BBC. The BBC reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of the People’s Republic of China had issued advice that cabin crew flying to and from

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Helicopter owner-pilot arrested for illegal flight and landing in New Taipei City

The owner-pilot of a Robinson R22 helicopter that was spotted landing and taking off in Tamsui District, New Taipei City last month was arrested today, October 9, and the helicopter has been seized. See Previous story: CAA investigating illegal helicopter landing in residential district of New Taipei City. Chen Yao-ting (陳耀庭), the 59-year-old owner of a freight company, was arrested in Guishan District, Taoyuan City, and transferred to the Shilin District Prosecutor’s Office, after an investigation involving the Civil Aviation

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Six new Black Hawk helicopters delivered for search, rescue, disaster relief operations

The National Airborne Service Corps of the Ministry of the Interior took delivery of six new Black Hawk helicopters at the Port of Kaohsiung yesterday, October 7, and towed the aircraft by road to Kaohsiung International Airport during the night. The aircraft are part of a batch of 60 that were ordered by the Ministry of National Defense in 2009, 15 of which were allocated to the Airborne Service corps for search and rescue, and disaster relief operations. The first

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Helicopter crashes during training exercise in Kaohsiung City

Five people walked away from a helicopter crash unharmed at Kaohsiung City’s Xiaogang International Airport this afternoon, April 7. At 3:35 pm, the National Airborne Service Corps AS-365 Dauphin helicopter suddenly fell onto the tarmac from an altitude of around 30 feet, according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. The aircraft and crew were taking part in emergency response training at the time, and practicing vertical take-off and landing. The aircraft hit the tarmac then landed on

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MOTC proposes NT$30 billion bailout fund, China Airlines issues NT$10 billion in bonds as aviation industry faces virus crisis

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has proposed an NT$30 billion bailout loan package for Taiwan’s six airlines, but the plan has not yet been approved by the premier, according to Executive Yuan Spokesperson Kolas Yotaka. A previous bailout package was approved to the tune of NT$4.8 billion, but MOTC Minister Lin Chia-lung indicated recently that the figure may be raised to NT$30 billion because the aviation industry requires capital turnover. Today’s announcement comes on the same day that

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Unidentified foreigner who tried to stowaway on outbound flight appears in court

An man who remains unidentified four months after being caught attempting to stowaway on a flight from Taiwan to Palau appeared in court today, but had only one thing to say to the judge. “Dear friend, Jesus is God,” the long-haired, bearded man declared to the judge in fluent Chinese. Other than that statement, and a “thank you,” also spoken in Chinese, “Man A,” as he was referred to during the hearing at the Taoyuan District Court, remained cooperative, but

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