TransAsia Airways (TNA, T: 復興航空, S:复兴航空, P: Fùxīng Hángkōng) is an airline based in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwán. It mainly serves the domestic market but also has limited scheduled and charter international services to China, Asia oriental, and Southeast Asia destinations.
The name of the airline in Chinese, 復興航空, literalmente significa “the airline of the restoration of glory”. It was named for the desire and determination of the Nationalists to return to and recover China after retreating to Taiwan and losing the mainland to the Communists. TransAsia was formed in 1951 as the first private civil airline in Taiwan, flying the Taipei – Hualien – Taitung – Kaohsiung route. It also served as local agent of foreign airlines and provided airport ground handling services for foreign airlines. Air services ceased in 1958 when the management of the airline decided to concentrate their attention on their agency businesses. It established its airline meal catering services in the same year. Domestic flights resumed in 1988, after an 30 year absence from the market. En 1991, the first ATR 72 aircraft joined the airline. En 1992, unscheduled charter services to international destinations, including Laoag, Manila, Cebu, Phnom Penh, Surabaya, Yangon, Phuket, Danang and Manado started. The Airbus A320 joined the fleet, becoming the airline’s first jet. First scheduled international services started in 1995 to Macau and Surabaya. En temprano 2012, the airline was reported to be considering an order for Airbus A380 aircraft to facilitate expansion to the United States.
TransAsia Airways operates as a local agent in Taiwan for some foreign airlines, such as Thai Airways International.
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