Far Eastern Air Transport’s(FAT) project to renew the old planes is ongoing. Besides two ATR72-600s introduced to domestic flight operation last year (2017), it is expected to introduce two ATR72-600s again this year. Furthermore, it’s scheduled that Airbus or Boeing single aisle aircrafts will be introduced in 2019, and at the same time Far Eastern Air Transport is going to increase international flights and continue to improve passenger services.
With the new air fleets ready, FAT is planning to open new scheduled routes 2-3 flights a day from Taoyuan to Osaka, providing services to the Taiwanese and Japanese passengers since October, the fourth season this year, in order to focus on the most popular tourist destination for Taiwanese, Kansai, Japan.
The FAT noted that after the addition of the new ATR72-600 fleet in 2018, there will be four ATR72-600s and eight MD-82/83s for operation. At that time, the new ATR72-600s will mainly be responsible for the airline between Taiwan and outlying islands, and MD-82/83s which provide larger carrying capacity will be responsible for the international flights to accomplish the transport needs for travels.
So far the FAT provides three regular international routes departing from Taoyuan Airport, including Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and Da Nang (Vietnam) in Southeast Asia and Niigata (Japan) in Northeast Asia. In addition, there are also irregular charter flights to Akita and Fukushima in Japan. The FAT is also constantly giving much attention to market demand that Japan has always been the country of first choice for Taiwanese traveling abroad, especially in the Kansai region, such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, in which featured Japanese culture attract Taiwanese taking a trip to Japan often.
It has been one year since that Far Eastern Air Transport opened the route from Taipei (Taoyuan) to Niigata in 2016, and the average load factor has achieved 80%. Looking forward to the market that Taiwanese often travel to Japan, the FAT is actively contacting and applying for the civil aviation authorities in Taiwan and Japan. In the initial stage, the FAT plans to set 2-3 direct flights a day, which will be the second regular route to Japan of Far Eastern Air Transport.