Tailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
The two BAA a/c are the only ones allowed to fly into Taipei. Flying the "official" livery into Taiwan, would be offensive to China, as they would regard the airline's home country as recognising Taiwan as an idependent nation. Officially, it is not.
Something like that anyway. Look at Swissair Asia, KLM Asia, Air France Asie etc.
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
For years the Chinese refused to allow any airline that flew to Taiwan into China, hence many of the worlds airlines set up subsidary companies (ie. airplanes with a slightly different tail design and name) to fly to Taiwan. Although officially seperate companies, all have been fully integrated into their parent airlines ops.
Today China turns a blind eye to airlines flying into Taiwan, possibly why United can get away with it. Officially though the ban still stands.
PresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
The big difference is that United and the U.S. airlines are not state owned. I know that British Airways is not, but it has the reputation of being the British flag carrier. The other ones that use alternative liveries (Swissair, KLM, Air France, Japan Air Lines) are all currently or at one time state owned. Flying a state owned airline into Taiwan, gives the tacit impression that that country is recognizing Taiwan's independence, something none of these countries do. The changes go beyond livery, however. They are actualkly set-up as separate companies (at least legally).
Ah, the wonderful world of Chinese international politics.