By Albert Kuan, airlinegeeks.com
Taiwanese carrier China Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 777F cargo jet on Tuesday. Upon arrival at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport, however, the cargo jet was not carrying China Airlines’ normal livery, but instead, it featured a nearly blank livery. The carrier’s name only appears in small font near the cargo jet’s empennage.
Taiwanese media and close sources with the airline have confirmed that the Taiwanese carrier has plans to display Taiwan-related symbols on its fuselage as part of Taiwan’s efforts to draw a clearer distinction between Taiwan and China. The aircraft, registered B-18771, was the first of six 777Fs ordered by China Airlines and will replace its older fleet of Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft being flown on routes to Europe and North America.