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A Far Eastern Air Transport McDonnell Douglas MD-80. (Photo: Edwin Leong [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])

Far East Air Transport Cancels Flights as Aging Aircraft Exceed Flight Limits

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…