Far East Air Transport Cancels Flights as Aging MD-80 Aircraft Exceed Flight Limits
To comply with Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) safety regulations
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May 25, 2019 - by Will Lee for airlinegeeks.com
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded throughout Southeast Asia last week as Taiwan's Far East Air Transport abruptly canceled a significant number of flights.
Flights to countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea were primarily affected as the airline insisted the cancellations were enacted in order to comply with Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) safety regulations.
The airline was ordered to commit to a flight hour restriction of 1,350 hours since 2017, as the result of its aging fleet which consists of eight McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft.
According to its website, the median age of Far Eastern's t-tailed aircraft is 24 years old, with the oldest aircraft being 28-years-old...