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By Aenet Rowa

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe, Jan. 23) – The Government of Taiwan gave two million dollars to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands this week to assist the national airline, Air Marshall Islands, in purchasing the only DASH-8 aircraft presently in service.

[PIR editor’s note: According to their website, Air Marshall Islands was launched in 1980 providing inter-island service within the Marshalls as well as Fiji, Kiribati, and Tuvalu.]

On behalf of the Republic of China, Ambassador Lien-gene Chen presented the donation to Republic of the Marshall Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerald Zackios and Minister of Finance Brenson Wase in a ceremony Tuesday morning, January 23. Witnessing the presentation was Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, General Manager of Air Marshall Islands.

Air Marshall Islands was given the opportunity to buy the plane with first purchasing priority by corporate owners FINOVA Aviation Leasing Ltd. The Republic of the Marshall Islands Government requested the Government of Taiwan help fund the purchase.

The DASH-8 has not reached half of its lifespan and will still function well with regular maintenance, according to the Governments.

Noticing the importance of providing continued air service for the Marshallese people and to the outer islands, the Taiwan Government responded positively and the fund is available today, reported the Republic of China (ROC) Embassy in Majuro.

The current Republic of China Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Lien-gene Chen, will be leaving Republic of the Marshall Islands very soon. He wishes Air Marshall Islands all the best in the future, said the Embassy.

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