I searched for further information regarding British Asian Airways and the only information that comes up is the fact that BA designates some flights to Hong Kong as British Asian because of sensitivity in the area and to allow the HKG flight to continue on to Taipai.
Can any a.net members provide further information. Does the HKG/Taipai section still operate?
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Uadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3803 times:
flew a ba asian 744 in 1992 from lhr-hkg i believe it was ba25(could be wrong)it is the same thing as the af asia planes and the klm asia planes. i dont think ba has any dedicated asian planes around anymore.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
British Asia Airways was formed by BA to serve Taiwan. The aircraft were essentially standard BA apart from the changed titles and two Chinese characters (meaning British Asia) on the tail with the Lander aircraft. When the World Tails were launched BA had the aircraft carry the Chelsea Rose and Benyhone Tartan schemes. Two aircraft were in the fleet at any time, so that one was always available to serve TPE. British Asia Airways was wound up when BA dropped its flights to TPE via HKG (Which operated as BA25 outbound and BA26 return).
As well as Air France and KLM having similar Air France Asie/KLM Asia subsidiaries, as mentioned, Swissair also had a Swissair Asia subsidiary. Qantas served Taipei with its two 747SPs which operated under the Australia Asia Airlines banner, while JAL has JAA (Japan Asia Airways) to serve Taiwan.
The reason for such subsidiaries existing was due to the sensitivity of the Mainland Chinese who regard Taiwan as a renegade province. I'm unsure why only some carriers who served China and Taiwan had to have separate subsidiary carriers to serve the latter, but think it is related to whether their home nation recognises Taiwan as an independent state.