AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1700 times:
Did cathay change regs in when the chinese took over Hong kong? old pictures of CX aircraft shows the registration to start with VR but now they are B (B as in China I suppose). Did this change take place in 1997 or whenever it was that the Brits handed over Hong Kong?
Why is it that Taiwan doesn't have its own registration? CI and Eva registrations also start in B.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
In general, Mainland China uses 4 digit numbers and Taiwan uses 5 digits. There are a few exceptions, with Taiwan still having at least one airliner carrying a 4 digit registration - An ATR42 of TransAsia Airways carries the registration B-2203, as does an A320 of China Eastern. There used to be several duplications back in the days when the 2 Chinas weren't speaking to each other.