Far Eastern Air Transport Shutting Down Again|遠航成立62年 曾是國內航空線龍頭

Far Eastern Air Transport has had its highs and lows in the 62 years since it was established. From a domestic aviation heavyweight to now, it has suspended flights on several occasions. In recent days, it became the most heavily fined airline Taiwan after canceling flights. This is truly a pity. Airline Chair Chang Kang-wei announced on Dec. 12 that the canceled flights were the result of a mixup and said he is determined to continue operating the airline.


Dressed in his uniform, this Far Eastern Air Transport pilot is headed to work. He says airline employees were caught off guard when the company announced the suspension of operations.

Were you notified? No. I still don't know what's going on. As of now, I'm just going to work as usual.

Far Eastern Air Transport was Taiwan's first private airline. Established in 1957 by Hu Tung-ching, it launched passenger flights in 1962. Operations were briefly shut down in 2008 due to financial issues and resumed in 2009 under Chang after a bankruptcy filing. Flights didn't resume until April 2011. In 2015, the Taipei District Court ruled the reorganization was successful. In March 2017, the Civil Aeronautics Administration ordered the airline to reduce total pilot flight hours due to the airline's aging fleet and high malfunction rate. This past May, another financial crisis erupted. However, the airline announced the purchase of new aircraft in August.

We have been criticized a lot over the speed at which we are replacing our fleet. The truth is, this is due to how much we care about flight safety.

Far Eastern was once Taiwan's top domestic flight operator but has never recovered from bankruptcy in 2008. Due to the number of flights canceled, it holds the record for largest fine in domestic airline history. At present, its problems include depreciation, its lawsuit with Air Lease Corp., the ban on its Airline and Life Networking cryptocurrency, and inability to get loans from banks.



穿著制服,待在交通車上,遠航機師正準備出發到機場值勤,面對公司無預警發出暫停營運的公告,員工事先都不知情。

遠航機師表示:「(你們有收到通知嗎?) 完全沒收,現在也不知情,目前為止我是按照正常在出勤。」

遠東航空公司1957年由胡侗清創立,是台灣第一家民營航空公司,1962年正式踏入民用航空領域,2008年遠航爆發財務危機,暫停營業,到了2009年,台北地院裁定遠航破產重整,該公司股權由樺福集團董事長張綱維以私人名義挹注資金,成為董事長,停航近3年的遠航於2011年4月18正式復飛,2015年,台北地院裁定遠航重整成功,恢復正常營運。2017年3月由於遠航機隊老舊,故障頻率高,民航局要求遠航降低機隊的飛航總時數,今年5月,遠航又爆出財務危機,但8月公司召開記者會澄清並宣布購入新機。

遠航董事長 張綱維 [8.12]表示:「我們忍受很多外界的指責,說我們換機的速度太慢,實在是因為我們非常重視飛安。」

遠東航空曾經是台灣最大的國內線航空公司,但2008年的財務危機後,雖然經過重整,但營運狀況一直不甚理想。回顧遠航,從國內航空線龍頭,到數次停飛風波,又因航班數取消被罰總金額最高航空公司,如今外傳壓垮遠航的原因,包含機隊汰換折舊攤提、美國ALC飛機官司,以及遠航為挽救財務發行遠航幣遭禁,銀行又不願借錢只好轉向民間貸款等等因素,才會導致週轉不靈。

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