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Taiwan China Air Vs EVA  
User currently offlineMhsieh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2533 times:

I have noticed that Taiwan's president Chen used to travel on EVA when he went abroad on state visits. But recently (last several years), he switched to China Airlines.
Does anybody know the reason why? Is there an official national carrier for Taiwan?
Thanks

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User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

I think the government is a major shareholder in China Airlines.

However, I remember President Chen started flying CI in 2002 after the 747-200 crashed over Peng-hu. Some say he flew CI as a vote of confidence for the airline.


User currently offlineZoom1018 From Vietnam, joined May 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

I am not so sure, but I think it is more about the Taiwanese flag on the tail of the planes... China Airlines' aircraft was, at the beginning, not allowed to land at Vietnam Tan Son Nhat airport because they had Taiwanese flag on the tail, hence Mandarin Airlines' flights. I think this rule applied in many other countries as well.

With new livery, there is no flag on the tail any more.


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User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4589 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
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The owners of EVA, the Evergreen shipping group were major financial sponsors of Pres Chens party the DPP. China Airlines, besides still being majority owned by a government qango was always a bastion of the previous ruling KMT party. Chen had little love for CI when he came to power. But in recent years Chen has been trying to "fly the flag" though as pointed out, CI has no flag on their planes anymore!
I'm not sure Chen ever travelled on BR on any significant overseas trips, first he doesn't get to go abroad much till the last few years, even the US used to refuse transit visits to the Taiwan president. He used the air force 737 on some trips and in recent years he has used CI.


User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Quoting Trex8 (Reply 3):
I'm not sure Chen ever travelled on BR on any significant overseas trips, first he doesn't get to go abroad much till the last few years, even the US used to refuse transit visits to the Taiwan president.


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