|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):|
RE: Why Is China Airlines Called China Airlines? (by FlyingHippo Mar 22 2006 in Civil Aviation)#ID2673174
>As for CI
renaming itself? CI
is already doing that through its' subsidiary, AE
. Infact, CI
is in the process of repainting their leased A343 to AE
's colors. Some speculate CI
is doing that to transform itself way from "China Airlines" name, but CI
states they're repainting the A343 for AE
's growth plans. Sad... I love CI
's colors a lot more than AE
>BTW, I saw on the news today the one CI
A340 that was repainted in Mandarin Airlines colors. That plane will be used for presidential trips apparently. Pretty damn ugly if you ask me. Ironically, the dull scheme makes it look mainland Chinese.
what growth plans could AE
possibly be contemplating which needs a A343?????
I could see using A333s, in fact aren't some CI KHH
A333 flights operating with AE
numbers . But are AE
really starting to go longhaul again???
The idea its all a big hoohaa for President Chen to use as his presidential plane on overseas trips (he has a bee up his a... about getting the word China out of all Taiwanese companies) seems implausible. If he is really that worked up about CI
's livery he's got a Air Force VIP 738 he can fly on or he can go on BR
which is owned by some of his political fundraisers!