Taipei Taoyuan round up – February 2019

A6-EDJ A380-861 Emirates

A6-EDJ A380-861 Emirates – Photo: Smiley

The end may be in sight for A380 production, but it looks like its future in TPE is assured for some time to come. See the comments about EMIRATES in the News section.

NOK AIR B737-800 HS-DBG was in and out in the very early hours of 9-Feb. Little else worthy of comment in, but here goes.

A selection of XIAMEN AIRLINES Dreamliners livened up proceedings during the month. Staying with the breed, a second JUNEYAO Dreamliner (B-1115) made a first visit on 16-FEB replacing B-208A which had been a daily visitor on the morning Shanghai (PVG) service since late January until that point. And finally on a Dreamliner note, both ANA and JAL have made upgrades to their equipment with ANA using a -8 and JAL using a -9.

Up at EGAT, an AIR DO Boeing 737-700 was a new customer (and a fairly uncommon type for here too). Towards the end of the month, there was an SF AIRLINES Boeing 767-300 parked outside. I suspect, but can’t confirm, that this is ex-N665AC.


Have started a daily service from Nagoya (NGO). Operated by A320ceos.

Are considering starting service from Panglao (no, I don’t know where that is either).

Have taken delivery of a new B787-9: C-FVND (line/msn 812/38361) – it’s yet to appear here.

Have taken delivery of B-MCJ an A320-232 (msn 5600). It’s ex-B-9922 which was formerly with AIR CHINA.

Not daily, but quite often ANA are now using a Boeing 787-8 on [ANA823/824] which is a night-stopping service to and from Tokyo (NRT).

A large number of the airlines’ pilots went on strike towards the end of the recent Lunar New Year holiday. The strike lasted a week and forced CAL to cancel around 25 flights a day (the TPE-LGW service being one that suffered!). As well as costing CAL a considerable amount of money, the damage to the airlines reputation (with people stranded during the holiday) has also been great.

Have announced that there has been a 95% increase in passenger figures since their DXB-TPE-DXB service began 5 years ago. Despite this, there are no current plans to introduce a 2nd daily service.

Have taken delivery of their 3rd Boeing 787-9: B-17883 (line/msn 801/42119). Its hex is 89907D which was previously used by FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT Boeing 757-200 B-27015.

Have taken delivery of B-28082 their 4th ATR-72. It was reported initially just about everywhere as being msn 0884 a -500 but that is now with BLUE ISLANDS as G-ISLN. Getting back to B-28082 that now seems to be confirmed as msn 1464 a -600.

Not to be outdone by ANA (see above), JAL are occasionally putting a B787-9 on [JAL809/802] their night-stopping evening service from Tokyo.

N540LA, the 2nd of 3 Boeing 767-300 freighter conversions to be done by EGAT arrived at TPE on 14-Feb.

The new Taiwanese startup has announced they will commence services in January 2020 but have yet to state where exactly they will be flying to. Latest information suggests that the first A321neo will arrive in October of this year, with a total of 3 to be delivered before the airline commence operations.

Have finalised negotiations regarding their order of 17 A350s. A contract signing ceremony will be held in Taipei on 19-Mar.

Interesting visitors:

B-2763 B787-8 Xiamen Airlines from/to Xiamen (XMN) [CXA887/888]
B-1567 B787-9 Xiamen Airlines from/to Fuzhou (FOC) [CXA879/880] (1st visit)
B-LXI A350-941 Cathay Pacific (1st visit)
HS-DBG B737-8FH Nok Air: from/to Chiang Mai (CNX)/Bangkok (DMK) as [NOK6312/6319]
JA808X B737-81D Solaseed Air: from/to Kagoshima (KOJ)/Nagoya (NGO) as [SNJ9167/9052]
B-1567 B787-9 Xiamen Airlines from/to Xiamen (XMN) [CXA887/888]
B-1115 B787-9 Juneyao Airlines (1st visit)
B-7836 B787-9 Xiamen Airlines from/to Fuzhou (FOC) [CXA879/880] (1st visit?)
JA876J B787-9 Japan Airlines [JAL809/JA802] (1st visit)
V8-RBG A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit?)
N481MC B747-47UF Atlas Air [QFA7581/7581]
RP-C4115 A321-211 Cebu Pacific (possibly a 1st visit)
RP-C4116 A321 Cebu Pacific (1st visit and 2nd visit)
B-2763 B787-8 Xiamen Airways [CXA887/888]
HS-TQA B787-8 Thai Airways International
JA877J B787-9 Japan Airlines [JAL809/JA802] (1st visit) – also 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

On maintenance @ EGAT:
HL7516 B767-38EER Asians Airlines: (arr 21-Feb/-)
HL7618 B747-446(BDSF) Asiana Airlines: (arr 12-Feb/-)
JA11KZ B747-8KZF Nippon Cargo: (arr 17-Feb/-)
JA12AN B737-781 Air Do: (arr 19-Feb/-)
JA73NX B737-86N Skymark Airways (arr 28-Feb/-)
JA737U B737-8FZ Skymark Airways: (arr 12-Feb/dep 28-Feb)
JA737Q B737-86N Skymark Airways: (arr 5-Jan/dep 28-Feb)
JA805A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 27-Jan/-)
JA821A B787-8 All Nippon Airways (arr 1-Jan/dep 26-Feb) an addition from last month
JA824A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 19-Feb/-)
JA8286 B767-381ER(BCF) All Nippon Airways: (arr 29-Jan/-)
N310UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 24-Jan/dep 15-Feb)
N323UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 26-Jan/dep 17-Feb)
N492MC B747-47UF ATLAS AIR: (arr 31-Jan/-)
N540LA B767-316ER LATAM Carg: (arr 14-Feb/-)
N580UP B747-428(F) UPS: (arr 18-Jan/-)
N661AC B767-304ER (Thomson Airways) (arr 3-Dec-2018/-)
N665AC B767-36DER (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep-2018/-) for SF Airlines?
OE-LAW B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines: (arr 14-Jan/dep 23-Feb)

B-17883 B787-9 (801/42119) Eva Air: arrived TPE on 22-FEB as [EVA787].

Credits: Air-Britain, FR24, me.

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Taipei Taoyuan round up – January 2019

Not much from me this time, as I was away for nearly the whole month.

Away from the SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787-10s that dominate the list below, there are a couple worthy of mention.

First up was HS-VKC A320 of THAI VIETJET AIR which kicked off the year in some style for me on 1-JAN. I later discovered that it was also in (making its 1st visit) on 28-DEC-2018.

JUNEYAO AIRLINES B787-9 B-208A was the other one that caught my eye. It made a 1st visit on 24-Jan and had been a daily visitor ever since.

I mentioned last time that we still haven’t had any MAXs here. That was incorrect as I’d forgotten that THAI LION AIR occasionally operate their 9 MAXs in to TPE. HS-LSH, LSI, and LSK have all been in.

B-18312 A330-302 (0769) has become LY-GEO with GetJet Airlines and departed TPE in January.
B-18316 A330-302 (0838) I reported last time that this was in the CAL hangars stripped of paint. It wasn’t a lease return and has since gone back into service (on 1-Feb).

Started using B787-10s into TPE in January. The aircraft operates on [SIA876/877] which is a lunchtime arrival.

Have added 3 extra flights a week from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Extra flights are on Tues, Wed, and Sat. Operated by B737-800s.

Parent group ANA is to merge PEACH with VANILLA AIR [JW/VNL] and as a result PEACH will take over VANILLA’s services into TPE.

Interesting visitors.
HS-VKC A320-214 Thai Vietjet Air to/from Bangkok (BKK) as [TVJ3564/3565]
JA813X B737-86N Solaseed Air [SNJ9167/9168]
JA821A B787-8 All Nippon Airways
9V-OJG B787-9 Scoot – departed after going tech on 30-DEC-2018.
9V-SCH B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
HL8007 B777-3B5ER K0rean Air
JA813X B737-86N Solaseed Air [SNJ9167/9168]
JA840A B787-8 All Nippon Airways
9V-SCA B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
RP-C9935 A321-271N Philippine Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCF B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCC B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCE B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCB B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCG B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
9V-SCD B787-10 Singapore Airlines (1st visit)
B-208A B787-9 Juneyao Airlines (1st visit)

On maintenance @ EGAT
JA737Q B737-86N Skymark Airways: (arr 5-Jan/-)
JA805A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 27-Jan/-)
JA819A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 25-Nov-2018/dep 8-Jan)
JA820A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 25-Dec-2018/dep 25-Jan)
JA8286 B767-381ER(BCF) All Nippon Airways: (arr 29-Jan/-)
N310UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 24-Jan/-)
N316UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 26-Dec-2018/dep 9-Jan)
N319UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 29-Dec-2018/dep 13-Jan)
N323UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 26-Jan/-)
N412MC B747-47UF ATLAS AIR: (arr 29-Dec-2018/-)
N492MC B747-47UF ATLAS AIR: (arr 31-Jan/-)
N580UP B747-428(F) UPS: (arr 18-Jan/-)
N583UP B747-4R7(F) UPS: (arr 29-Dec-2018/dep 13-Jan)
N661AC B767-304ER (Thomson Airways) (arr 3-Dec-2018/-)
N665AC B767-36DER (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep-2018/-) think this is still here
N668AC B767-36DER (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug 2018/dep 23-Jan) see below
OE-LAE B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines: (arr 11-Dec-2018/dep 12-Jan)
OE-LAW B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines: (arr 14-Jan/-)
OE-LAX B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines (arr 22-Nov-2018/dep 8-Jan)

N668AC B767-36DER(BCF) (950/35156): became B-208R with SF Airlines. Departed TPE on 23-Jan to CJU/TSN and later turned up in PEK on 26-Jan before entering service the same day.

HS-STB B747-441 (917/24956): I read a report in Air-Britain that this has been broken up after storage here. It’s still sat in the north-western corner of the airport. It’s minus some parts but is still in one piece.

CreditsFR24, me.

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Taipei Taoyuan round up – December 2018.

Short rations this time as I was away for a week or so. There’ll be even less next month as I’m going to be spending most of this month in Beijing (where I may even learn something about the Trent 1000 – see the note about 9V-OJG below). Anyway, onwards!

Plenty of neos this month, but still no MAXs…

I suspect not many people saw what was probably the most interesting visitor of the month (myself included). RP-C7933 a PAN PACIFIC AIRLINES A320 dropped in during the early hours of Dec 20. She stayed about 3 hours and was gone before the dawn (sound’s like a line from a Supertramp song!) She was calling [AAV600] which is a scheduled ICN to MNL service, so I suspect it was a medical emergency of some sort.

RP-C7933 A320-232 Pan Pacific Airlines

Photo: Seongsu Kim

Boeing 767-300 N661AC, the latest freighter conversion arrival at EGAT, arrived still pinging as G-OBYE.

Lastly, SCOOT B787-9 9V-OJG was stranded here with an engine problem from 30-DEC. Alas, as I’m not a Trent 1000 expert, I was unable to offer little other than coffee and not particularly useful advice along the lines of ‘you don’t want to do it like that!’ In case you’re wondering, she finally escaped on New Year’s day.

On which note I’ll leave you with a wish for a very happy new year etc. See ya back here at the end of February.


China Airlines [CI/CAL]
B-18312 A330-302 (0769) has been withdrawn from service and is currently being prepared for lease return. All-white and is parked in CAL maintenance. Last service was CAL173 (KIX-TPE) on 12-NOV-2018.
B-18316 A330-302 (0838) hasn’t flown since 17-DEC-2018 (as CAL704 MNL-TPE) and is currently in the CAL hangars stripped of paint. Lease return is not confirmed though.

Started a BWN-TPE-BWN service on 3-DEC-2018. First service was operated by A320-251N V8-RBD. The service is an afternoon arrival [RBA451/RBA452] and operates on Mon, Thurs, and Fri.

Interesting visitors.
HS-CBK A320-251N Thai AirAsia (1st visit)
TC-LJO B777-F Turkish Airlines (1st visit)
V8-RBD A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit)
9V-TNA A320-271N Scoot (1st visit)
V8-RBB A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit)
V8-RBA A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit)
RP-C9933 A321-271N Philippine Airlines (1st visit?)
N492MC B747-47UF Atlas Air (arrived and departed as [QFA7581] from/to MEL/BKK)
HL8331 B737-8JP Jeju Air (1st visit?)
RP-C7933 A320-232 Pan Pacific Airlines (from/to ICN/MNL as [AVV600]) (1st visit)
V8-RBC A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit)
RP-C9934 A321-271N Philippine Airlines (1st visit?)
HS-CBB A320-251N Thai AirAsia (1st visit?)
9M-MTK A330-323 Malaysia Airlines
JA813X B737-86N Solaseed Air (from/to FUK as [SNJ9167/SN9168])

On maintenance @ EGAT
HL7732 B777-28EER Asiana: (arr 14-Nov/dep 11-Dec)
JA17KZ B747-8KZF Nippon Cargo: (arr 29-Oct/dep 11-Dec)
JA73NM B737-81D Skymark: (arr 7-Dec/dep 24-Dec)
JA73NU B737-86N Skymark: (arr 28-Nov/9-Dec)
JA754A B777-381 All Nippon Airways: (arr 20-Dec/dep 26-Dec)
JA819A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 25-Nov/-)
JA820A B787-8 All Nippon Airways: (arr 25-Dec/-)
JA877A B787-9 All Nippon Airways: (arr 6-Dec/dep 23-Dec)
JA876A B789-9 All Nippon: (arr 21-Nov/dep 06-Dec)
N538LA B763-316ER(F) LAN Cargo: (arr 7-Aug/dep 14-Dec)
N316UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 26-Dec/-)
N319UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 29-Dec/-)
N412MC B747-47UF ATLAS AIR: (arr 29-Dec/-)
N583UP B747-4R7(F) UPS: (arr 29-Dec/-)
N718BA B747-4H6LCF Atlas Air: (arr 25-Nov/dep 19-Dec)
N661AC B767-304ER (Thomson Airways) (arr 3-Dec/-)
N665AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep/-) think this is still here
N668AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug/-) think this is still here
OE-LAE B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines: (arr 11-Dec/-)
OE-LAT B767-31AER Austrian Airlines (arr 29-Oct/dep 7-Dec)
OE-LAX B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines (arr 22-Nov/-)

9M-MTX A330-223 Malaysia Airlines: went tech after arrival from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) as [MAS366] on 2-DEC. Departed as [MAS367D] on the evening of 3-DEC.

9V-OJG B787-9 Scoot: went tech after arrival from Tokyo (NRT) as [TGW899]. Eventually left for Singapore (SIN) as [TGW7002] on 1-JAN-2019.

B-16785 B777-F (1585/62827): delivered from Everett (PAE) and arrived on 15-DEC as [EVA689].

CreditsFR24Skyliner, Seongsu Kim, me.

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Taipei Sung Shan round up – November 2018.

B-602L Global 5000

What a puppy! Global 5000 B-602L provided some excitement this month. For those who use Facebook, click on the photo for the full image.

Credit: Charlie Cheng

Honda Jet N707FH on the 1st and again on the 3rd was nice (and missed both times by me). Another Honda Jet, N420HR, was in on the 12th and again on the 15th (yep, missed that one too). HONG KONG JET’s A330 VP-CBE was in on the 12th. Lineage N783MM night stopped on the 15th. Also on that day were PK-TWY Gulfstream IV-SP and N939GS Global 5000. Star of the month was the gorgeous Global 5000 pictured above B-602L which night-stopped on the 19th. Departing on the 19th was Gulfstream G550 B-8269 (not sure when she arrived). Another Global 5000, 9M-TAN, was in and out on the 22nd. B-5999 Gulfstream G550 was in and out on the 26th. N312ZW Gulfstream G650 was in and out on 27th and Global 6000 N504R arrived on 28th. Finally, Lear 60 VH-AND was in and out on the 29th.

Interesting visitors.
1: N707FH Honda Jet (dep – arrived 31-Oct)
3: N707FH Honda Jet (arr – dep 4th)
VP-CKV Gulfstream G650 (arr – dep 10th)
4: N605PS Challenger 605 (dep – arrived 30-Oct)
VP-CPD Gulfstream G450 (arr – dep 6th)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr – dep 5th)
6: N598KZ Gulfstream V (arr/dep)
7: B-8316 Gulfstream G450 (arr – dep 9th)
N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
N116FE Gulfstream G200 (arr – dep 12th)
N524EA Gulfstream G650 (arr – dep 8th)
9: LX-MCO Airbus A319-115CJ (arr/dep)
N319PP Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 10th)
N650ER Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
10: N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 arr/dep)
11: LX-MCO Airbus A319-115CJ (arr – dep 12th)
N650ER Gulfstream G650 (arr – dep 12th)
N990NB Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 13th)
VP-CBE Airbus A330-202 (arr/dep)
12: N420HR Honda Jet (arr – dep ?)
N59978 Challenger 350 (dep – arrived ?)
13: N65WL Global Express (arr -dep 15th)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr/dep)
14: N59978 Challenger 350 (arr)
VQ-BCC Global 6000 (arr – dep 15th)
15: LX-MLO Global 5000 (arr/dep)
N420HR Honda Jet (arr/dep)
N783MM Lineage 1000 (arr – dep 16th)
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
N939GS Global 5000 (arr/dep)
PK-TWY Gulfstream IV-SP (arr – dep 16th)
16: LX-MLO Global 5000 (dep – arrived on 15th?)
17: N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
18: N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
VP-CCK Global 5000 (arr/dep)
19: B-602L Global 500 (arr – dep 20th)
B-8269 Gulfstream G550 (dep – arrived ?)
VP-CLK Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 21st)
20: LX-MLO Global 5000 (arr – dep?)
N550AL Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 21st)
22: 9M-TAN Global 5000 (arr – dep 23rd)
23: N319PP Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 24th)
25: VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr/dep)
26: B-5999 Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr/dep)
27: N312ZW Gulfstream G650 (arr – dep 29th)
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (arr – dep 28th)
28: N504R Global 6000 (arr – dep?)
29: N319PP Gulfstream G550 (arr – dep 30th)
VH-AND Learjet 60 (arr/dep)

Taoyuan, 2-Dec-2018.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, Charlie Cheng, me.

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Taoyuan round up – November 2018


AERONEXUS Boeing 767-35DER ZS-NEX was an interesting visitor during November.Click on the image or here to view the full image.
Credit: Mikko Mertanen

Started a AUK-TPE-AUK B787-9 service on 1-Nov. First service was operated by ZK-NZD. I’ve listed the various aircraft as 1st visits, but I believe ANZ have operated here in the past. Not sure if that was with the Dreamliners though.

Have started using B747-400s on some services here (replacing A330-300s).

Not really news but it’s my blog, so deal with it. CEBU’s A321 have been regular visitors in the early hours on [CEB310/311] for some time now but towards the end of the month, they started making a welcome appearance on the mid-morning service [CEB312/313].

Have sold B747-45EF B-16482 to ATLAS AIR as N486MC. It left Taipei (TPE) on 7-Nov.

Had announced that with the start of the winter season they would be using A380 equipment on the late morning arrival from Seoul (ICN)[KAL691/692] but in reality there has been a mix of A388s and B748s.

Local press reports have stated that RBA will be operating a BWN-TPE-BWN service soon.

I read a report that TLM were going to introduce their B737-8 Max on some of their services into here from Bangkok (DMK) in November. Nothing to report this month, but getting ahead of myself, HS-LSI a -9 MAX turned up on 2-Dec.

Interesting visitors.
In addition to the airliners, there were a couple of others worthy of comment. Gulfstream G550 N73M was in and out on 4-Nov. AERONEXUS’s Boeing 767-300 ZS-NEX was here for a few days from 15-Nov. Hawker 800 HS-CPH was in and out on 29-Nov.

1: ZK-NZD B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
9M-MTV A330-223 Malaysia Airlines (1st visit)
2: 9M-MTX A330-223 Malaysia Airlines (1st visit)
3: ZK-OKC B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
4: JA24MC A320-214 Starflyer
N73M Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep)
5: B-LXE A350-1041 Cathay Pacific (1st visit)
6: N612UP B747-8F UPS (1st visit)
7: N73M Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep)
8: HL7642 B747-8B5 Korean Air
ZK-NZE B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
9: 9M-MTZ Airbus A330-223 Malaysia Airlines (1st visit)
B-55411 Airbus A318-112CJ (dep – arrived 28-Oct)
10: ZK-NZK B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
13: ZK-NZG B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
15: JA26MC A320-214 Starflyer (1st visit)
ZK-NZH B787-9 Air New Zealand (1st visit)
ZS-NEX B767-35DER Aeronexus (dep 18-Nov)
16: XU-878 A319-112 Cambodia Airways (1st visit)
20: N492MC B747-47UF Atlas Air
22: HL8082 B787-9 Korean Air
26: HL8342 B737-8KN Easter Jet (1st visit)
27: HS-LUU B737-8GP Thai Lion Air (1st visit)
29: B-LXF A350-1041 Cathay Pacific (1st visit)
HS-CPH Hawker 800XP (arr/dep)

On maintenance @ EGAT
As far as I know, all 3 freighter conversions (N538LA, N665AC, and N668AC) are still here, but N538LA was outside doing engine runs during the latter part of the month and may well have escaped.

HL7732 B777-28EER Asiana: (arr 14-Nov/-)
JA17KZ B747-8KZF Nippon Cargo: (arr 29-Oct/-)
JA73NL B737-8HX Skymark: (arr 9-Nov/dep 25-Nov)
JA73NK B737-86N Skymark: (arr 16-Oct/dep 5-Nov)
JA73NT B737-86N Skymark: (arr 31-Oct/dep 17-Nov)
JA73NU B737-86N Skymark: (arr 28-Nov/-)
JA819A B787-8 All Nippon: (arr 25-Nov/-)
JA822A B787-8 All Nippon: (arr 7-Oct/dep 17-Nov)
JA875A B787-9 All Nippon: (arr 20-Oct/dep 5-Nov)
JA876A B789-9 All Nippon: (arr 21-Nov/-)
N249BA B747-409LCF Atlas Air: (arr 8-Oct/dep 10-Nov)
N354UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 18-Oct/dep 2-Nov)
N355UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 2-Nov/dep 18-Nov)
N538LA B763 LAN Cargo: (arr 7-Aug/-)
N578UP B747-45EF UPS: (arr 30-Oct/dep 25-Nov)
N718BA B747-4H6LCF Atlas Air: (arr 25-Nov/-)
N858GT B747-87UF Atlas Air: (arr 30-Oct/dep 5-Nov)
N665AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep/-)
N668AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug/-)
OE-LAT B767-31AER Austrian Airlines (arr 29-Oct/-)
OE-LAX B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines (arr 22-Nov/-)
OE-LAZ B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines (arr 29-Oct/dep 20-Nov)

N486MC B747-45E(F) Atlas Air: dep to HKG on 7-Nov following sale by EVA to Atlas. It’s ex-B-16482.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, me.

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Taipei Sung Shan round up – October 2018.

As promised earlier, here’s a round up from Sung Shan. Mostly biz related as you’ll see.

There was something of a Farnborough feeling from the 11th to the 13th. Two of the attendees from that show, F-GCDP Falcon 8X and PR-ZGQ Embraer 190E2 were here. Both did demo flights on the 12th. Among the rest, the Australian Lear 60 VH-AND stands out. Austrian Challenger 650 OE-IGA is worth a mention too. Neither stayed long and I didn’t see either!

EVA’s new A319 B-00777 arrived during the month. It left for Macau after a couple of days before returning again.

ATR 72-600 B-16852 (1387) which was damage at Taichung (RMQ) in August finally returned to service on 30-Oct.

Took delivery of their 3rd ATR 72-600 during the month. B-28088 (1471) arrived here on 29-Oct.

Interesting visitors.
Not a complete list as this is from my SBS.
A7-CGB Gulfstream G650 (arr)
B-3029 Gulfstream G550 (dep)
N999FH Gulfstream G550 (arr)
A7-CGB Gulfstream G650 (dep)
B-8273 Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep)
LX-MLO Global 5000 (arr)
N888XS Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep)
N999FH Gulfstream G550 (dep)
RP-C5880 Westwind II (arr)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr)
HS-EMG BAe 125-800 (arr/dep)
LX-MLO Global 5000 (arr)
N653MK Gulfstream G550 (arr)
RP-C5880 Westwind II (dep)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (dep)
B-8273 Gulfstream G550 (arr/dep?)
N319PP Gulfstream G550 (arr)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G450 (arr)
F-GCDP Falcon 8X (arr)
VP-BLF Gulfstream G650 (arr)
PR-ZGQ Embraer 190-E2 (arr)
F-GCDP FA8X (demo flights)
PR-ZGQ Embraer 190-E2 (demo flight and then dep)
B-3561 Challenger 606 (aar/dep)
F-GCDP Falcon 8X 9dep)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
M-SURE Falcon 7X 9arr/dep)
N115MH Global 6000 (arr)
N319PP Gulfstream G550 (arr)
T7-MBH Embraer 650 (arr/dep)
HS-VNT Galaxy G200 (arr/dep)
N18WR Gulfstream G650 (arr)
N188WR Gulfstream G650 (dep)
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (arr)
VH-AND Learjet 60 (arr/dep) as [MEDIC75]
VP-CYH Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (dep)
N881CW Cessna 525C (arr)
N2QE Global 5000 (arr)
N115MH Global 6000 (dep)
N881CW Cessna 525C (dep)
N66866 Global 6000 (arr)
B-00777 A319-133CJ (arr)
N2QE Global 6000 (dep)
N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
N881CW Cessna 525C (arr/dep)
VP-CYH Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
B-00777 A319-133CJ (dep)
N2QE Global 5000 (dep)
N688CP PAY1 (arr/dep)
LX-MLO Global 5000 (dep)
N66866 Global 6000 (dep)
N99KZ Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
B-00777 A319 (arr)
N83CW Gulfstream G550 (arr)
N922JW Falcon 900 (arr/dep)
N996MS Falcon 7X (dep) – arrived ?
N83CW Gulfstream G550 (dep)
N9854Z Pilatus PC-XII/47E (arr)
B-8316 Gulfstream G450 (dep) arrived 10?
9M-TAN Global 5000 (arr)
N598KZ Gulfstream V (arr)
N605PS Challenger 605 (arr
N858CG Gulfstream G650 (arr/dep)
9M-TAN Global 5000 (dep)
N598KZ Gulfstream V (dep)
N707FH Honda Jet (arr)
OE-IGA Challenger 650 (arr/dep)

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Taoyuan round up – October 2018

I’m hoping to put out a report for Sung Shan tomorrow, but I’m off to Honkers later to kill off a few more brain cells, so no promises.

Lots to report this month, so let’s get on with it…

Started a new twice a week (Tues and Sun) Siam Reap (REP) – TPE service on 9-OCT. First service was operated by A319-112 XU-787 (msn 3872).

Took delivery of B-18918 their 14th, and last, Airbus A350 during the month. Full details below.

Appear to have stopped their weekly B777-F Saturday morning service.

Took delivery of their first Boeing 787 on 3-Oct and their second on 30-Oct. Full details below.

Have acquired A319-133CJ B-00777 (msn 5261). The aircraft is ex-9H-AGF formerly of COMLUX MALTA. It arrived in Taiwan (at TSA) on 23-Oct.

Have restarted A380 operations here.

Introduced A330-200s on the morning service from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 28-Oct replacing a B737-800.

Have restarted their A330-200F service.

Had announced plans to increase their BKK-TPE-BKK service to twice a day in October, but this hasn’t happened yet.

Started Kitakyshu (KKJ) and Nagoya (NGO) services on 28-Oct. There was a ‘trial run’ on 12-Oct.

Have abandoned plans to switch its daily SFO service to B777-200ERs from 28th October.

Interesting visitors.
HL8084 B787-9 Korean Air (also 8)
VN-A674 A321-271N VietjetAir (also 16,
HS-CBE A320-251N Thai AirAsia
VN-A654 A320-271N VietjetAir (also 11, 20, 23,
B-LXD A350-1041 Cathay Pacific (1st visit)
B-LGE A350-941 Hong Kong Airlines (1st visit)
HL8317 B737-800 Jeju Air (1st visit)
HS-CBG A320-251N Thai AirAsia (1st visit – also 9, 10, 14, )
XU-787 A319-112 Cambodia Airways (1st visit also 12, 16. 19, 23, 26, 30)
N811FS Beech 300 (FL-811) arrived and departed early on 11-Oct.
JA25MC A320-214 Starflyer (1st visit – also 28, 29, 30)
B-1129 B737-8LW Hebei Airlines (1st visit)
HS-CBH A230-251N Thai AirAsia (1st visit – also 19, 21, 29)
9M-AGV A320-251N AirAsia (1st visit)
T7-MBH Legacy 650 (dep 19-Oct)
N851GT B747-87UF Atlas Air
HS-TQB B787-8 Thai Airways
HL8082 B787-9 Korean Air
9V-SFM B747-412F Singapore Airlines
N492MC B747-47UF Atlas Air
HS-BBN A320-216 Thai AirAsia (1st visit)
TC-LJN B777-F Turkish Airlines (1st visit)
HS-BBI A320-216 Thai AirAsia (1st visit)
N858GT B747-87UF Atlas Air
B-1372 B737-84P Hainan Airlines (1st visit)
B-1373 B737-84P Hainan Airlines (1st visit)
HL7627 A380-861 Korean Air
9M-MTU A330-223 Malaysia Airlines (1st visit – also 30)
9M-XBD A330-343 AirAsia X (1st visit)
HL7611 A380-861 Korean Air
9M-MTW A330-223 Malaysia Airlines (1st visit)
B-7668 B737- Shandong Airlines (1st visit)
HL7621 A380-861 Korean Air
HS-BBY A320-251N Thai AirAsia (1st visit)
9M-MTL A330-323E Malaysia Airlines

On maintenance @ EGAT
HL7418 B744 Asiana: (arr 27-Aug/dep 4-Oct)
HL7515 B763 Asiana: (arr 30-Sep/dep24-Oct)
JA17KZ B747-8KZF Nippon Cargo: (arr 29-Oct/-)
JA73NA B737-8HX Skymark: (arr 29-Sep/dep 12-Oct)
JA73NK B737-86N Skymark: (arr 16-Oct/-)
JA73NT B737-86N Skymark: (arr 31-Oct/-)
JA737Y B737-8FZ Skymark: (arr 12-Oct/dep 21-Oct)
JA623A B767-381ER All Nippon: (arr 26-Sep/dep 11-Oct) (an addition to last month’s report)
JA822A B787-8 All Nippon: (arr 7-Oct/-)
JA823A B787-8 All Nippon: (arr 31-Aug/dep 15-Oct)
JA875A B787-9 All Nippon: (arr 20-Oct/-)
N249BA B747-409LCF Atlas Air: (arr 8-Oct/-)
N304UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 16-Sep/dep 2-Oct)
N332UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 2-Oct/dep 18-Oct)
N354UP B767-34AFER UPS: (arr 18-Oct/-)
N538LA B763 LAN Cargo: (arr 7-Aug/-)
N578UP B747-45EM UPS: (arr 30-Oct/-)
N583UP B744 UPS: (arr 24-Jul/dep 17-Oct)
N665AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep/-)
N668AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug/-)
N858GT B747-87UF Atlas Air (arr 30-Oct/-)
OE-LAT B767-31AER Austrian Airlines (arr 29-Oct/-)
OE-LAZ B767-3Z9ER Austrian Airlines (arr 29-Oct/-)

B-17881 B787-9 (722/39295) EVA Airways: delivered from Charleston CHS arriving on 4-Oct as [EVA787].
B-17882 B787-9 (757/39298) EVA Airways: delivered from Charleston CHS arriving on 31-Oct as [EVA787].
B-18918 A350-941 (239) China Airlines: delivered from Toulouse (TLS) arriving on 23-Oct as {CAL1710].

N2333U B777-322ER United Airlines: went tech while en-route SFO-TPE on 8-Oct and had an air-turn back to SFO. Pax were put on N2135U which arrived a day late on the 9-Oct as [UAL871D] a couple of hours before N2332U arrived on that day’s scheduled [UAL871].

CreditsFR24Skyliner, me.

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Taoyuan round-up: September 2018

A gentle reintroduction to the blog with a round-up of interesting visitors and maintenance movements at Taoyuan (TPE) for September 2018.

Interesting visitors.
The THAI LION AIR A330 on the 17th, was probably the first visit of one of their A330s.The SOLASEED Boeing 737 operated flights from and to Kumamoto (KMJ) on 21st and 24th. The S7 AIRLINES A320 on the 27th routed from DMK/ITK/VVO and departed back to Moscow the same way. The THAI AIRASIA A320neo on the 30th was in and out from Chiang Mai (CNX). I think it’s the start of a 4 x a week service (Sun, Tues, Wed, and Fri).

B-LXB A350-1041 Cathay Pacific
B-3008 CRJ-200ER Jiangsu Jet
N521NW Learjet 60
JA844J B787-8 Japan Airlines
HS-LAI A330-343 Thai Lion Air
B-HNS B777-31H Cathay Pacific (first visit)
JA812X B737-86N Solaseed Air
VN-A654 A320-271N VietjetAir
B-3563 Challenger 850 Astro Air
RP-C8941 A320-216 Philippines AirAsia
JA812X B737-86N Solaseed Air
VN-A646 A321-271N VietjetAir
VP-BOL A320-214 S7 Airlines
HS-CBE A320-251N Thai AirAsia

On maintenance @ EGAT
HL7418 B744 Asiana: (arr 27-Aug/-)
HL7515 B763 Asiana: (arr 30-Sep/-)
JA73NA B738 Skymark: (arr 29-Sep/-)
JA73NR B738 Skymark: (arr 18-Aug/dep 1-Sep)
JA73NJ B738 Skymark: (arr 4-Sep/dep 24-Sep)
JA737Z B738 Skymark: (arr 14-Sep/dep 27-Sep)
JA818A B788 All Nippon: (arr 1-Aug/dep 8-Sep)
JA823A B788 All Nippon: (arr 31-Aug/-)
N304UP B763 UPS: (arr 16-Sep/-)
N331UP B763 UPS: (arr 31-Aug/dep 16-Sep)
N364UP B763 UPS: (arr 15-Apr/dep 25-Sep) ex-JAL, freighter conversion
N538LA B763 LAN Cargo: (arr 7-Aug/-)
N583UP B744 UPS: (arr 24-Jul/-)
N665AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep/-)
N668AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug/-)
N780BA BLCF Atlas Air: (arr 6-Aug/dep 26-Sep)

N487MC Atlas Air: departed 08-Sep (ex-B-16483)

B-16852 ATR 72-212A(600) (1357) Mandarin Airlines: badly damaged after overrunning runway at Taichung (RMQ) following arrival from Penghu (MZG) as [MDA788] on 22-AUG. Still there as of 30-Sep.

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Bits and Pieces

A couple of quick updates…


Air France A320-211 F-GFKP

Air France A320-211 F-GFKP

AFR resumed flights to Taiwan when they started a new 3 times a week service from CDG-TPE service on 17-Apr. For now, at least, the service is being operated by Boeing 777-200ERs. F-GSPU operated the first service, arriving at TPE on the morning of 17-APR.

AFR552 arrives at 0815 on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
AFR557 departs at 1020 on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.


Far Eastern MD-82 B-28033

Far Eastern MD-82 B-28033

FAT have ordered 11 Boeing 737-MAX8s. First 2 aircraft will arrive in 2019. This isn’t the first time FAT have tried to introduce the Boeing 737 into their fleet. They ordered 2 -800s a couple of years ago and even had registrations reserved but problems with financing eventually scuppered the deal.

Taoyuan, 24-Apr-2018.

Credits: me.

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Gulfstream B-95119

We have ourselves a new Gulfstream on the island. Actually we may have two, but I guess not. The one I saw was using a call-sign of B-95119 and it was busy doing touch and gos at Sungshan today. I saw it this afternoon from some distance so I can’t confirm if it’s G650 N99KZ (msn 6283) which Mr Gulfstream confirms has been recently delivered to the island. What I can confirm from FR24 is that it pings 89915C.

Taoyuan, 19-Apr-2018.

CreditsFR24, Bob Holland, me.

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UPS Boeing 767-346ER N364UP

A quick update to record a recent maintenance arrival at TPE. It’s UPS Boeing 767 N364UP which arrived on Sunday morning (15-Apr). It’s an ex-JAPAN AIRLINES machine (JA609J) and is here for freighter conversion.

N364UP B767-346ER UPS

Photo is courtesy of Ethan Tang and Jet Photos.

Taoyuan, 17-Apr-2018.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, Ethan Tang, Jet Photos, me.

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N805AV A321-231 departs Taoyuan

The final ex-TRANSASIA AIRWAYS A321 left Taoyuan this morning (12-APR). It was N805AV (msn 6009) and is ex-B-22608. FR24 shows that it went Guam. I ‘m told it’s for AVIANCA, but I suspect it will be having some TLC somewhere first. Sister-ship N810AV (msn 6294) went to Tucson last month and the two A330s (N803AV and N804AV) ended up in Abu Dhabi.

B-22608 A321-231 V-Air

B-22608 A321-231 V-Air

Taoyuan, 12-Apr-2018.

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OK-TSD Travel Service Boeing 737-8Q8

Here’s a strange one. Not only because it’s a long way from home, but also the route it took to get to TPE.

It’s TRAVEL SERVICE Boeing 737-8Q8 OK-TSD and arrived  on 8-APR. As you can see it’s been on quite a trek. It’s still here as I type on the evening of 9-APR. Photo is courtesy of 徐鴻鑫

OK-TSD B737-8Q8 Travel Service

OK-TSD B737-8Q8 Travel Service

OK-TSD route

I did wonder if it was something to do with Katy Perry’s tour but the dates and locations don’t really match.

Taoyuan, 9-Apr-2018.

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Taipei Taoyuan maintenance movements – March 2008

I know there have been some spotters from the UK here in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d get my finger out and post the following about various maintenance movements on the off chance that they might visit the blog.

Courtesy of 徐鴻鑫 here’s a photo of the main talking point this month. It’s N1427A a Boeing 767-300 which was converted to freighter here and delivered to PRIME AIR. This one has now left, but there’s a second one here: N1489A.

N1427A B767-306ER(BCF)

N1427A B767-306ER(BCF)

EGAT (bold type designates that the aircraft was still here on March 31).
HL7413 B744 Asiana (arr 15-Mar)
HL7528 B763 Asiana (arr 17-Mar)
HL7620 B744 Asiana (arr 4-Feb/dep 16-Mar)
JA737R B738 Skymark (arr 19-Feb/dep 4-Mar)
JA737X B738 Skymark (arr 10-Mar/dep 23-Mar)
JA737Y B738 Skymark (arr 24-Mar)
JA603A B763 All Nippon (arr 22-Mar)
JA604F B763 All Nippon (arr 17-Feb/dep 23-Mar)
JA620A B763 All Nippon (arr 7-Mar/dep 27-Mar)
JA622A B763 All Nippon (arr 25-Mar)
JA627A B763 All Nippon (arr 6-Feb/dep 8-Mar)
JA812A B788 All Nippon (arr 17-Mar)
N289UP MD11 UPS (arr 17-Mar/dep 19-Mar)
N303UP B763 UPS (arr 17-Mar)
N317UP B763 UPS (arr 9-Mar/dep 24-Mar)
N340UP B763 UPS (arr 24-Mar)
N408MC B744 Atlas Air (arr 3-Feb/dep 16-Mar)
N477MC B744 Atlas Air (arr 19-Feb/dep30-Mar)
N578UP B744 UPS (arr 9-Feb/dep 6-Mar)
N581UP B744 UPS (arr 28-Feb)
N638GT >> N1427A B763 Atlas Air/Prime Air: outside on 11-Mar (primer) and 23-Mar (c/s?). Air-test on 27-Mar (full Prime Air c/s). Dep to ANC on 28-Mar.
N1489A B763 Atlas Air (arr 27-Jan)
2-AERB B772 Ukraine International (dep 2-Mar)

China Airlines
3701 B738 RoC Air Force (arr 26-Feb)

B-16481 B744 EVA Air >> N485MC Atlas Air: air tests on 8-Mar and 10-Mar. Departed 31-Mar to HKG.
HS-STB B744 Orient Thai: stored in north-western corner of airport.
N805AV A321 Avianca (ex-B-22608): air-test 12-Mar.
N810AV A321 Avianca (ex-B-22610): air test 11-Mar. Has subsequently departed.

B-18916 A350-941 (191) China Airlines: arr TPE 8-Mar, 1st service 12-Mar to HKG as [CAL903/904]

Taoyuan, 3-Apr-2018.

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Taipei Songshan: 25-Jun to 01-Jul-2017

A few things to note this week. Sovereign N578AB (25th), Challenger D-AFAD (26th), King N350KF (30th and 1st), LAS VEGAS BBJ N887LS (1st), and G150 VH-PFV (1st).

Little else to tear me away from watching the tennis  though.

Beech 350 N350KF

Beech 350 N350KF – Chung Cheng Hsueh

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