OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5426 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2423 times:
Right. Japan Asia also serves the same purpose, allowing the companies to serve Taiwan without ruffling the feathers of the government in Beijing. Don't ask me why there isn't a Northwest Asia or United Asia airlines.
Bigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
These 2, along with KLM Asia, Swissair Asia, Lufthansa/Condor was setup due to political problems.
In order to fly to Taiwan, these carriers have to establish a new "company/franchise" and no flags painted on the plane.
Currently, China is still trying to intervene some air service agreement for Taiwan, but this is rare.
Except KLM Asia, all European carriers' "Asia" franchise has been dropped due to poor revenue.
JAA's case is different, right now it has been designated as an airline that specializing Taiwan route. So JAA's new livery will include Japanese flag, which they weren't allowed to do so in the early days.
NW serves Taiwan back in 1947, and UA bought Pan Am's flight to Taiwan in 1985, so there were not much political issues involved.