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What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 5:18 am

Well that's the question, what is the difference and why does it exist?
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 5:26 am

The difference is only the livery. The Asia Aircraft also fly tom other destinations of BA such as Miami or Orlando etc.

reno_air
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 5:54 am

The two BAA a/c are the only ones allowed to fly into Taipei. Flying the "official" livery into Taiwan, would be offensive to China, as they would regard the airline's home country as recognising Taiwan as an idependent nation. Officially, it is not.

Something like that anyway. Look at Swissair Asia, KLM Asia, Air France Asie etc.

Politics.  
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airwa

Fri Jul 21, 2000 5:56 am

Yeah but United flies to Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei under the same livery, so......?
 
ryanair
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 6:03 am

For years the Chinese refused to allow any airline that flew to Taiwan into China, hence many of the worlds airlines set up subsidary companies (ie. airplanes with a slightly different tail design and name) to fly to Taiwan. Although officially seperate companies, all have been fully integrated into their parent airlines ops.

Today China turns a blind eye to airlines flying into Taiwan, possibly why United can get away with it. Officially though the ban still stands.
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 6:04 am

The big difference is that United and the U.S. airlines are not state owned. I know that British Airways is not, but it has the reputation of being the British flag carrier. The other ones that use alternative liveries (Swissair, KLM, Air France, Japan Air Lines) are all currently or at one time state owned. Flying a state owned airline into Taiwan, gives the tacit impression that that country is recognizing Taiwan's independence, something none of these countries do. The changes go beyond livery, however. They are actualkly set-up as separate companies (at least legally).

Ah, the wonderful world of Chinese international politics.
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 9:48 am

NWA gets away with it too!

Jack
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Fri Jul 21, 2000 10:56 am

What about Canadian? They fly to Beijing and Taipei. Now that it's merging with Air Canada...
 
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RE: What's The Diff Between BA And Brit Asia Airways?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 2:23 am

Silly me! I always thought that the US didn't give a rat's ass what China thought vis-a-vis Taiwan.

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