HISTORY: FORMOSA AIRLINES was a regional airline from Taiwan, operating an extensive network of domestic routes out of its bases at Taipei Songshan Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. Its headquarters were in Taipei. The company was founded on 5 May 1966 as Yung Shing Airlines, and revenue operations commenced on 1 July. On 8 August 1987, the company was renamed Formosa Airlines and moved its headquarters to Taipei, with the city's Songshan Airport becoming its primary base. When EVA Air, the major competitor of China Airlines, merged its domestic subsidiaries to create Uni Air in 1998, a similar merger was announced for Formosa Airlines and Mandarin Airlines, with the latter name to be kept. On 8 August 1999, the merger was finalized and Formosa Airlines with its then 620 employees and a number of short haul aircraft were combined with Mandarin's, with all long haul planes of Mandarin Airlines being handed over to China Airlines.
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