Date: December 6, 2020
By: Albert Kuan
Taiwanese media and close sources with the airline have confirmed that the Taiwanese carrier has plans to display Taiwan-related symbols on its fuselage as part of Taiwan’s efforts to draw a clearer distinction between Taiwan and China. The aircraft, registered B-18771, was the first of six 777Fs ordered by China Airlines and will replace its older fleet of Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft being flown on routes to Europe and North America.
According to Taiwanese media, China Airlines reportedly has intentions to display its name in a smaller font and replace its entire fleet livery with Taiwan-themed images to avoid confusion with Chinese airlines. The airline has often been confused with Air China — the Chinese government-owned carrier — at international destinations. On diplomatic missions, and when delivering Taiwan’s donations of medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline was often mistaken for being associated with China.
Although China Airlines has declined to make public its plans to redesign the aircraft livery, saying only that the information would be made available at the proper time, it responded to inquiries about the blank aircraft fuselage. The airline explained that the Boeing 777F freighter aircraft is still in the flight test phase and that its new appearance would be revealed to the public later.