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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij asia

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij asia
My Dutch friends Chris, Arthur, Michiel, Gen Gibson, Rienk would doubtlessly recognise the KLM Blue and Dutch title!

KLM Asia is a unit of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. It was created because of Chinese politics. Back in the 1980s, Communist China insisted that Western airlines must choose between the Chinese market or the Taiwan market (China and Taiwan were officially at war). Communist China dictated that if a Western airline wanted to fly to both China and Taiwan, then a separate division must be created for the Taiwan route. Otherwsie the airline would be prohibited from the Chinese market.

Japan Airlines, KLM, British Airways, Swissair and Air France all created separate divisons (Japan Asia Airways, KLM asia, British Asia Airways, Swissair Asia, Air France Asie) to serve the Taipei route.

Out of the various XX Asia airlines, it appears only Japan Asia Airways and KLM asia still exist today. British Airways, Air France, Swiss all stopped flying to Taiwan due to economic reasons and no longer maintain their "Asia" Airlines unit.

Of course for logistic reason, the aircraft painted with KLM asia is also deployed to other routes. KLM asia's Boeing 747-400 is seen here at Toronto Pearson Airport on KL691/692 AMS-YYZ-AMS duties.

Nor was Communist China's idiotic rule applied universally. Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Pan Am and United all flew their own aircraft both to China and Taiwan throughout the 1980s. I suppose the U.S. would have none of that Chinese nonsense.

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