Australia Asia Airlines

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Australia Asia airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
IM AAU Austasia
Founded 1990
Commenced operations 1990
Ceased operations 1996
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Qantas Frequent Flyer
Fleet size 3
Destinations 1
Parent company Qantas Airways Limited
Headquarters Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Key people James Strong (CEO)
Website www.qantas.com.au
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]

History[edit]

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.[2]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expanding Overseas...and at Home". Qantas. 2004-05-25. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ Taiwan, Robert Storey, Lonely Planet, 1998, page 166
  3. ^ "Australia Asia Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  4. ^ "VH-OGA Boeing 767". Aussieairliners.org. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Australia Asia Airlines Fleet Details and History - Planespotters.net Just Aviation". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 

External links[edit]

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