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Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Fri May 16, 2003 11:34 pm

Why do airlines, such as Swissair (defunct), British, KLM, etc., put "Asia" next to the airline name on some of their airliners. All the asian destinations these airlines serve are also visited by the airliners they own that do not have "Asia" on them. . .so what gives?

Here's an old Swissair example:
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madhatter
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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Fri May 16, 2003 11:40 pm

I believe it has something to do with the fact that both airlines flew to Taiwan and mainland China and there was some formality that meant that a separate company (Swissair Asia and British Asia Airways) had to be established to operate the Taiwan services so routes could be operated to mainland China. KLM has a similar subsidiary called KLM Asia I believe however airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Northwest Airlines dont appear to have separate subsidiarys so I could be wrong about the whole thing. Neither Swissair Asia or British Asia Airways now exist as both airlines have dropped their services to Taipei.
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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Fri May 16, 2003 11:42 pm

Simple answer - if you want to operate scheduled service to Taiwan and China you are not allowed to. So many Airlines started a subsidiary and called it ... Asia to operate the flights in Taiwan. At LH they repainted a 747 in the colors of the charter daughter Condor to operate the TPE flights.

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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Fri May 16, 2003 11:44 pm


See this thread

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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Fri May 16, 2003 11:52 pm

Dynkrisolo brought up a good point in David's link to another thread, he said "Singapore Airlines is not the only one. Excluding partially Chinese owned Air Macau and Dragonair, what about Thai, Malaysia, Philippine, Vietnam, Garuda(?), Qantas, United, Northwest, Air Canada, UPS, FedEx, and perhaps some more? If memory serves, Thai was the first airline to fly both Taiwan and China under the same brand name."

So, take UA as an example. They flew to both for a long time w/o a special c/s, or subsidiary. How did some airlines get away with it and others did not? I hope there is an answer that is more than political, but I doubt it. Anybody?

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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Sat May 17, 2003 5:49 am

I also believe it has something to do with "flag carriers"... The flag carrier of a nation that does not recognize Taiwan (in particular, because of pressure from China) cannot fly to Taiwan, so they make a non-flag carrying subsidiary to serve Taiwan.

It's a purely political necessity.


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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Sun May 18, 2003 4:01 am

KLM had to also remove the crown on KLM and have chinese safety indications in the cabin for purely political reasons.

They didn´t argue and just did it ...

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RE: Euro Airlines With "Asia" On Some Airliners.

Sun May 18, 2003 4:12 am

Why did they have to remove the crown for? it offended the goverment of the people.? commist really are stupid and ridicoulus... and euro socialist too.
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