Mhsieh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2606 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?
Zoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2351 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.
Trex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4791 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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.
Alexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2095 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.