A380. Courtesy, Airbus

Taipei-based TransAsia Airways is considering an order for more than two Airbus A380s to facilitate its international expansion to the US over the next few years.

An industry insider said Taiwan’s banks have expressed financial support to finance the A380 aircraft deal. The carrier plans to introduce a new A320 in March and a new A330 in November (ATW Daily News, Nov. 17, 2010).

This year it is expected to open eight routes to Japan from Taipei and is also considering new routes to Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, pending approval from the Taiwan government.

TransAsia, one of the most profitable carriers in Taiwan, has reported a net income of TWD629 million ($20.9 million) for the first nine months of 2011.