Taipei, China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s two major carriers, unveiled on Monday a newly delivered Boeing 777 cargo jet, which highlights the image of Taiwan on its fuselage.
The shape of Taiwan is integrated into the first capital letter of the word “cargo” on the new plane’s fuselage, while the company’s English designation is written close to the tail in a much smaller size than it is on other aircraft in the carrier’s fleet.
The new appearance meets the requirements that Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) had sought before CAL took delivery of the plane on Dec. 1. At that time, he said the design would make room for more Taiwan-related features to clearly differentiate the country from China.
The cargo jet is the first of six such models ordered by CAL, which will celebrate its 61st founding anniversary on Wednesday.
Welcoming the new addition to its fleet, the company introduced the new design but has still kept the image of a blossoming red plum flower that is displayed on the vertical tailfin of all the planes in its fleet, CAL said.
CAL said it plans to operate the 777 freighters mainly on its Asian and North American routes, while also replacing some of the older 747-400s that are currently in service. At present, the company has a fleet of 18 747-400 freighters.
Discussions on changing CAL’s name were rekindled in mid-April, when those who support such a move pointed out that one European politician mistook CAL for a Chinese airline when it delivered masks and medical supplies to help European countries combat COVID-19.
Changing the formal name of the country — the Republic of China — and removing “China” from the names of national entities have long been favored by Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, who argue that doing so would draw a clearer distinction between Taiwan and China and avoid confusion.
The Legislature passed a resolution in July that asked the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to highlight “Taiwan” on CAL planes, as long as it is done in a way that does not adversely impact Taiwan’s freedom of the air privileges.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel