Japan's national aviation flag-carrier, Japan Air Lines, has been forced to change its colours and company name for its aircraft which will fly on the soon to be resumed Japan-Taiwan airservice.
PLANE IN HANGAR: OLD LOGOS PAINTED OUT ON WINGS: OLD LOGO PAINTED OUT ON BODY: TECHNICIANS REPAIRING PLANE: LOGO REMOVED FROM TAILPLANE: TAPE OFF FROM BODY AND JAPAN ASIA LOGO: JAPAN ASIA STEWARDESSES IN NEW UNIFORMS
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Background: Japan's national aviation flag-carrier, Japan Air Lines, has been forced to change its colours and company name for its aircraft which will fly on the soon to be resumed Japan-Taiwan airservice.
The first of eight DC-8 passenger aircraft was being made ready at Tokyo's Haneda Airport maintainance area on Friday (15th August), where groundcrew removed all traces of Japan Air Lines' logos and replaced them with the name and symbol of Japan Asia Airways.
The repainting of the aircraft is the final chapter in a long dispute between Taiwan and Japan. Following the signing of an aviation agreement with Peking, the japanese government was forced to suspend landings of the Taiwan flag-carrier China Air Lines last April when Peking refused to have its aircraft use the same airport as China Air Lines planes. Taipei in turn suspended Japan Air Lines flights to Taiwan.
A compromise was reached when japan Air Lines - losing heavy revenues from the previously highly profitable route's closure - agreed to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary company called Japan Asia Airways to serve only the Tokyo-Taipei route.
China Air Lines aircraft have already begun landing in Tokyo again, and the new Japan Asia Airways -- their planes, crews, offices and maintainance facilities chartered from Japan Air Lines -- will start to fly the route next month.