Lahaina From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 257 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 886 times:
I know they created this airline to fly to places that did not recognize Taiwan as Republic of China. Since China Airlines is the flag carrier of the Republic of China, they had no landing rights in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and certain European cities (i.e. Amsterdam). The Mandarin planes were used on routes to Vancouver, BC, Sydney, and Auckland among other cites. The airline also took over China Airlines domestic routes in Taiwan.
I am not sure if there are plans to scrap the airline, but I noticed that China Airlines are now flying to Sydney, Australia, and Vancouver, Canada.
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 885 times:
Mandarin Airlines flies to HKG on China Airlines flights. They carry China Airlines flight numbers and their callsign is "Dynasty", same as CI.
I believe the plan is for Mandarin to become a Taiwan-domestic-only carrier, while CI will take over all international routes previously operated with Mandarin aircraft. The sole Mandarin 744 has now been repainted in full CI colors, and I believe only one or two MD-11s are left in Mandarin colors. On the other hand, CI will transfer their 737-800's to Mandarin.