Australia Asia Airlines

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Australia Asia airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
IM AAU Austasia
Founded 1990
Commenced operations 1990
Ceased operations 1996
Frequent-flyer program Qantas Frequent Flyer
Airport lounge
  • Chairmans Lounge
  • The Qantas Club
Fleet size 3
Destinations 1
Parent company Qantas Airways Limited
Headquarters Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Key people James Strong (CEO)
Australia Asia Airlines Boeing 747SP at Perth Airport in the mid-1990s.

Australia Asia Airlines (IATA: IMICAO: AAUCall sign: Austasia) (澳亞航空公司 Àoyà Hángkōng Gōngsī) was a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas set up to operate services between Australia and Taiwan (Republic of China).[1]


The subsidiary was established due to the People's Republic of China objection to national carriers of countries with which it had diplomatic relations flying to a territory that it regarded as a breakaway province. Similar arrangements were made by British Airways (British Asia Airways),[2] Air France (Air France Asie), KLM (KLM Asia), Swissair (Swissair Asia) and Japan Airlines (Japan Asia Airways), only Lufthansa and All Nippon Airways operated the service through their former subsidiaries Condor and Air Nippon, instead of setting up a separate Asia divisions like the others. KLM Asia are still operating, while the other European carriers ended Taiwan flights between the late 1990s and early 2000s, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways now fly there on their own after revised agreement with China in 2008 allowed them to do away with the subsidiary requirement.

The airline operated two Boeing 747SPs[3] and a Boeing 767 aircraft[4] seconded from the Qantas fleet, repainted in a modified livery, which did not display the Flag of Australia, or the kangaroo logo, which was replaced by a dynamic ribbon. It initially flew its flights using the IATA code IM but switched to Qantas's QF in 1994.

Australia Asia Airlines ceased operations in 1996 as Qantas could by then serve Taiwan in its own right due to it being completely privatized. Australia Asia Airline's aircraft were then returned to Qantas service.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Expanding Overseas...and at Home". Qantas. 2004-05-25. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Why Taiwan is still an unique escape". The Independent (London). 16 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Australia Asia Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  4. ^ "VH-OGA Boeing 767". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Australia Asia Airlines Fleet Details and History - Just Aviation". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 

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