TransAsia to double route network, 20% capacity growth p/a
TransAsia Airways chairman Vincent Lin stated the carrier will double its route network over the next five years and increase its seat capacity by 20% p/a between now and 2020 based on its future fleet delivery plans. Mr Lin, as quoted by China Times, stated new routes under consideration include services to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau. The carrier is also seeking rights to Sydney and Guam as well as destinations within nine hours flights in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. As previously reported by CAPA, TransAsia selected (14-Feb-2012) International Aero Engines’ (IAE) V2500 engines to power six A321 standard aircraft on firm order with Airbus as well as Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM engines to power six firm and six option A321neo aircraft.