Pecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 300 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
forgive me for my ignorance but this has been bugging me for a while. On Air Disasters.com, you can download a video of this accident. It mentions nothing of Mandarin Airlines (which the aircraft was operated by). Was this flight being flown as a China Airlines flight using a Mandarin aircraft? Is Mandarin a separate identity? Were China Airlines crews working it or is Mandarin "part" of China Airlines?
I'm confused as you all can probably tell by this babbling.
Warren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
Mandarin Airlines is a subsidiary of China Airlines. It was set up initially to fly routes that China Airlines can not fly to due to objection from the Peoples's
Republic of China.
Mandarin Airlines flys most regionally routes out of Taiwan now. Similar to the arrangement between Dragon Air and Cathay Pacific.
Alexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3265 times:
The aircraft was operated as a China Airlines flight. The flight and cabin crew were all from China Airlines. The livery was in Mandarin Airlines colors.
Mandarin Airlines was set up by China Airlines (as mentioned by Warren747sp) to fly routes that China Airlines could not fly. China Airlines' old livery carried the Taiwan flag while Mandarin Airlines did not. This problem was resolved when China Airlines' new livery was introduced. CI began taking over the routes once flown by Mandarin, and Mandarin merged with Formosa Airlines to concentrate on domestic and short-haul regional flights.
IWW From Taiwan, joined Apr 2004, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3082 times:
Due to the political reasons, China Airlines old color which have the ROC National Flag on it can not fly to some destinations in the past. So, China Airlines and one group in Taiwan open a new company called Mandarin Airlines. In the begining, Mandarin Airlines (AE) have their own B747 and their two international destinations: Sydney and Vancouver. At this time, all cabin crews and aircrafts belonged to AE. At 1992, AE become the full-stock subsidiary of CI. [I flow with AE to Sydney when I was 13 years old.]
After CI changed their CIS in 1995, AE gave TPE-SYD, TPE-YVR route back to CI. AE became a democratic and regional airlines. However, also the political reasons, some routes still can not fly with CI's new CIS aircraft in the past, so CI use the aircraft which patined the AE's color to fly these route. TPE-FRA is a example. (In the past in the FRA Airport, the schdule only can show "AE" but not "CI".) This is why there is such a vedio appeats AE's CIS.
[Now everything is sloved at this time. CI use their own color aircraft to fly all of their destinations.]
From the begining at 1991 to now (2004), AE did not have any bad records. We can say it is the safetest airlines in Taiwan. Some people may say why CI not merge AE. It is the same condition like B7 (Uni Air) is the subsidiary of EVA AIR (BR). They can use the subsidiary to earn more flights / destinations.