By: Central News Agency
TransAsia Airways, a mid-sized international carrier in Taiwan, said Monday that it will sell or lease out four A330s as part of its efforts to streamline its operations.
TransAsia currently uses the four A330s on flights to Japan. After the removal of the planes from its fleet, the carrier will use A320s and A321s to serve its Japan routes, TransAsia said.
For employees such as pilots, who will be affected by the adjustment of the carrier’s fleet, TransAsia said it will give on-the-job training to allow the pilots to fly other aircraft models, while placing other affected employees in other positions.
The fleet change aims to take on rising competition in the air transportation market in Japan, where the number of flights from Taiwan has been increasing rapidly, TransAsia said. The carrier added that a higher Japanese yen has also had an adverse impact on flights to Japan from Taiwan. [FULL STORY]