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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Airline warns employees of contingency plans as viral panic causes financial avalanche

Taiwan’s national carrier China Airlines appealed to its 10,000 employees to be considerate and cooperative as the company faces an “economic avalanche” worse than SARS or the 2009 financial crisis. China Airlines issued the statement in an open letter to employees yesterday, March 2, warning that if the company’s operating conditions continue to deteriorate due to the epidemic situation, further contingency plans will have to be made. The airline announced that 49% of flights in March have been cancelled, after

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Flight at Taoyuan Airport aborted after man spotted clinging to landing gear

A China Airlines flight was aborted on the runway after a man ran out of long grass and jumped onto the landing gear as the plane was about to take off this afternoon, November 2. At 1:35pm, flight CI028 from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to Palau was preparing to take off when the pilot of an Asiana Airlines plane spotted a man running out of the grass and mounting the landing gear of the plane. The Asiana Airlines pilot immediately

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China Airlines pilot caught sleeping at controls of 747

Video footage of a senior pilot sleeping in his seat while flying a China Airlines 747 has surfaced in Taiwan, and the aviation company says that the pilot has already been punished for breaching flight safety regulations. EBC News broke the story yesterday and published the 13 second footage of the flight captain snoozing on the job, noting that sleeping in the cockpit is a breach of Taiwan’s aviation regulations. The pilot is said to be a chief officer with

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China Airlines pilots strike in the middle of Lunar New Year holiday

Twenty-six flights to and from Taiwan’s international airports have been cancelled after pilots from the China Airlines branch of Pilots Union Taoyuan began a strike from 6:00am today, February 8. Up to 4,000 passengers may be affected from today, Friday, to Sunday, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. Travelers with flights booked with China Airlines can check the status of their flights here. The pilots’ union announced the strike at midnight last night after negotiations broke down

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China Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Japan

A China Airlines flight from Hiroshima to Taipei made an emergency landing at Fukuoka Airport this morning after a warning light indicated a problem with one of the engines. The China Airlines Boeing B738, flight 113, was carrying 134 passengers at an altitude of 9100 meters when the warning light for the right-hand side engine came on at around 9:45am. The pilot contacted the control tower at Fukuoka Airport and requested to make an emergency landing. Fukuoka Airport closed the

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Plane Damaged After Tail-strike

China Airlines confirmed that an A330 Airbus was damaged after a tail-strike incident during landing. The plane was forced to abort the landing and do a fly-around. The Aviation Safety Council has confirmed that damage to the aircraft structure is substantial and extends to the pressurized section. The council will carry out a full investigation of the incident. The accident occurred on a flight from Manila as it was attempting to land at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. A tail-strike can

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China Airlines Pilots Threaten Collective Action During Dragon Boat Festival Holidays

A breakdown in negotiations between a pilot’s union and Taiwan-based China Airlines has resulted in pilots threatening to take collective action during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival Holiday. This year the holiday which falls on June 9, will give Taiwan residents a four day holiday, and many will use the opportunity to fly domestically and abroad. Collective action would come in the form of 800 members of the pilot’s union applying for leave at this time: the same leave that

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