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Taipei Taoyuan round up – February 2019

Posted by on March 4, 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.

Smiley

News:
AIRASIA JAPAN [DJ/WAJ]
Have started a daily service from Nagoya (NGO). Operated by A320ceos.

AIRASIA PHILIPPINES [PQ/APG]
Are considering starting service from Panglao (no, I don’t know where that is either).

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

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

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS [NH/ANA]
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).

CHINA AIRLINES [CI/CAL]
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.

EMIRATES [EK/UAE]
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.

EVA AIR [BR/EVA]
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.

FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT [FE/FEA]
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.

JAPAN AIRLINES [JL/JAL]
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.

LATAM CARGO [UC/LCO]
N540LA, the 2nd of 3 Boeing 767-300 freighter conversions to be done by EGAT arrived at TPE on 14-Feb.

STARLUX [UV/SUA]
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:

4:
B-2763 B787-8 Xiamen Airlines from/to Xiamen (XMN) [CXA887/888]
9:
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]
10:
JA808X B737-81D Solaseed Air: from/to Kagoshima (KOJ)/Nagoya (NGO) as [SNJ9167/9052]
11:
B-1567 B787-9 Xiamen Airlines from/to Xiamen (XMN) [CXA887/888]
16:
B-1115 B787-9 Juneyao Airlines (1st visit)
B-7836 B787-9 Xiamen Airlines from/to Fuzhou (FOC) [CXA879/880] (1st visit?)
18:
JA876J B787-9 Japan Airlines [JAL809/JA802] (1st visit)
V8-RBG A320-251N Royal Brunei Airlines (1st visit?)
19:
N481MC B747-47UF Atlas Air [QFA7581/7581]
21:
RP-C4115 A321-211 Cebu Pacific (possibly a 1st visit)
22:
RP-C4116 A321 Cebu Pacific (1st visit and 2nd visit)
25:
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)

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

Credits: Air-Britain, FR24, me.

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