Air Transport World

'Direct services in 1997.'(CEO Peter Bien; Mandarin Airlines)(Interview)

Peter Bien is one of the longest-serving and most respected senior executives of the Asian air transport industry. After retiring from China Airlines in April, 1993 after 27 years of service, he was named chairman and CEO of Mandarin Airlines. He had served as president of China Airlines from July 1, 1990, until his retirement.

Mandarin Airlines is 100% owned by China Airlines. Formed in 1990 to fly to nations that China Airlines lacked permission to serve, it is the designated carrier for the Republic of China to operate routes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It flies three Boeing 747SPs leased from China Airlines, to Australia. One 747-400, "bought new using mostly our own funds," flies exclusively to Vancouver. Mandarin has a seat-swap code-share arrangement with Air New Zealand for the Auckland route.

On future routes, Bien is convinced that 1997 will see the onset of direct services between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China by carriers of both countries. …

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