I was wondering how the two Taiwanese long-haul carriers co-exist, given the relatively small home-market and the limited scope of expansion because of the political situation of Taiwan (which probably makes it also difficult to become a member of an alliance).
Do they have some kind of gentleman's agreement or is it cut-throat competition ? I have noted, for example, that of the 4 European destinations CI serves, 2 are also served by BR and I find it surprising that these are VIE and AMS - rather than FRA, LON or CDG which are only served by one of the two.
Do these two airlines have a different clientele and differentiate themselves through their marketing, service, prices, comfort etc. (e.g. like BA and Virgin in the UK) ? Has one of the two significantly better results or is expanding more rapidly than the other ?
Any thoughts ?