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Palau, Taiwan airlines sign wet-lease accord

Palau, Taiwan airlines sign wet-lease accord

One of the world's newest airlines, Palau Trans Pacific will inaugurate services to Taipei, linking Taiwan with Palau, officials of the airline said Tuesday.
The bi-weekly flights were made possible by the signing of a wet-lease agreement between the Palau airline's chairman Frank Ho and Mandarin Airlines' president Michael Lo.
Ho said Palau Trans Pacific Airlines will use a 737-800 aircraft that can accommodate at least 168 passengers.
Far Eastern Air Transport currently flies to Koror from Taiwan twice a week.
Ho said Palau Trans Pacific Airlines will not be a direct competitor of Palau Rock Island Air, which would start service next year.
"We will fly to other places," Ho said. "We are offering service to Palau to bring to its people comparative prices, good service and convenience in travel; to that end, we hope to bring more high-end tourists to Palau."
Meanwhile, Mario Gulibert, Palau's House Speaker, said yesterday that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) will visit Palau soon.
Gulibert, who was recently in Taiwan, said he met with Chen and invited him to Palau.
Chen was quoted as saying that Taiwan appreciates Palau's support for its bid to gain access to international organizations.
However, Taiwan's Presidential Office and Foreign Affairs Ministry failed to confirm details regarding Chen's trip. MOFA spokesperson Katharine Chang (張小月) told the Taiwan News that the president has not made any plans for a Palau visit this year. She did not offer any speculations about a trip next year.
While in Taiwan, Gulibert signed agreements with the National Kaohsiung Hospitality College and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. The agreement with Kaohsiung Hospitality College will facilitate the exchange of students, scholars and educational resources in order to "promote academic cooperation and to further the understanding between the two countries."


Updated : 2021-04-15 12:57 GMT+08:00