TAIPEI (The China Post) — EVA Air’s domestic subsidiary, UNI Air (立榮航空), operated the first Airbus A321 flight to Taitung on Friday, June 10, marking the largest aircraft in terms of capacity to ever land in Taitung Airport’s history.
The inaugural flight was welcomed by a water cannon salute, according to Chinese-language media and many aviation enthusiasts who awaited the aircraft’s arrival to capture the historical moment.
Currently, domestic airlines UNI Air and Mandarin Airlines both fly the 70-seater ATR72-600 aircraft to serve the Taitung market. Taitung Airport said in a statement that the six daily roundtrip flights from Taipei have been consistently full, making it necessary for airlines to deploy larger aircraft.
As the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic (武漢肺炎) is under control in Taiwan, demand for domestic travel has spiked, with domestic careers already wet-leasing larger international aircraft for flights to outlying islands such as Penghu.
In addition, the surge in passengers can also be attributed to the Taiwan International Balloon Festival (2020臺灣國際熱氣球嘉年華) taking place in the southeastern city of Taitung.
UNI Air has announced that the airline plans to deploy Airbus A321 aircraft to Taitung on 14 flights in July, and 16 in August. Uni Air has been granted permission from the Civil Aeronautics Administration to fly the larger aircraft on the route.