China Airlines Ltd.


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Jan 22, 2018
Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
Shares: 5,470.98M

Currency in TWD

Company profile

Market(Ticker): TAI(2610)
Full time employees: --

Business summary

China Airlines Ltd. engages in the provision of international air passenger transport and freight services. Its business includes air passenger transport in regular or occasional international charter contract; air cargo services; civil aviation international airport and transit of aircraft handling services; aircraft merchandise sales; aircraft catering; aircraft internal products such as cloth laundry washing and hospitality industry general business; in, out, and transit air cargo warehousing services; and aircraft airframe maintenance. The company was founded on September 07, 1959 and is headquartered in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Company background

Founded in December 1959 by the Taiwanese government, China Airlines is Taiwan's flagship carrier and its largest. It is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance and offers both passenger and air cargo services.

The government-controlled airline flies to major destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Traditionally a long-haul carrier with a fleet of 90 passenger and cargo jets, it mainly relies on Airbus A330 and Boeing 747 planes for intercontinental flights.

Now it mostly depends on regional passenger flights, particularly to China, Japan and South Korea, for revenue growth. Passenger flights account for more than two-thirds of the company's annual revenue, with the remainder coming from cargo services and onboard sales of duty-free goods.

In 2013, it created Tigerair Taiwan with Singapore-based Tigerair to tap Asia's budget air travel market.

Company President Chang Yu-Hern is a veteran in the local transportation sector. Previously he served as director-general of the Institute of Transportation under Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Before that, he was a director and consultant at the China Aviation Development Foundation, a government-controlled entity that is responsible for growing Taiwan's aviation industry.

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Financial highlights

Dec 2016

  • Local currency
  • US Dollar
Revenue 141,079.10M
Gross profit 17,152.70M
Operating income 4,564.96M
Income before tax 1,342.86M
Net income 571.54M
EBITDA 22,257.69M
Diluted EPS 0.1
Dividends per share --
Total assets 224,500.75M
Total liabilities 166,780.24M
Total equity 55,637.13M
Operating cash flow 17,544.64M

Currency in TWD

Revenue 4,374.43M
Gross profit 531.85M
Operating income 141.54M
Income before tax 41.63M
Net income 17.72M
EBITDA 690.14M
Diluted EPS 0.00
Dividends per share --
Total assets 6,965.79M
Total liabilities 5,174.85M
Total equity 1,726.30M
Operating cash flow 544.00M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Dec 2016

PER 93
ROA 0.25%
ROE 1.00%
Operating margin 3.23%
Profit margin 0.40%

Key executive

  • Director & President: Su-Chien Hsieh
  • Vice President-Flight Operations: Ming Hui Lai
  • Vice President-Finance: I Chieh Chen
  • Vice President-Information Management: Shih-Ming Lu
  • Vice President-Administration: Yueh Han Ku

Share holders

  • China Aviation Development Foundation(34.1%)
  • National Development Fund of The Executive Yuan(9.5%)
  • Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd.(4.8%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP(1.8%)
  • Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Invt Port)(1.7%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(1.6%)
  • Fubon Life Insurance Co., Ltd.(1.1%)
  • China Airlines Ltd. Employee Stock Ownership Trust Plan(0.8%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management(0.8%)
  • New Labor Pension Fund(0.6%)


  • Website:
  • Address: No. 1 Hangzhan South Road, Dayuan District, Taoyuan, 337 58, Taiwan
  • Phone: +886.3.399.8888

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