A petition was recently launched to rename China Airlines in an attempt to protest against unneeded coronavirus suspensions.
For those who don’t know China Airlines is the largest airline in Taiwan and initially its flag carrier airline. I used to believe it was EVA Air. China Airlines was hit with bans in response to the virus, despite having little to no risk of spreading it. This is due to the confusion of the name China Airlines where they’d mistake them for being a mainland Chinese airline, in which they are not. For instance, Italy had banned China Airlines from flying to their country because they want to protect themselves, happening with Vietnam as well: Banned from flying, little risk if they carried on. There is also another instance of the Philippines mistakenly banned China Airlines recognising Taiwan and China as one due to politics I won’t dabble in to. Public uproar sprung up and then the Philippine government lifted the ban only 4 days later.
To stop this confustion, a petition has been created to rename China Airlines. To what may you ask?
Meet Taiwan Airlines.
“Taiwan is not a threat to the epidemic expansion of COVID-19. But the name of “China Airlines” causes quite a fiasco in several countries.”
The petition was passed to the Taiwanese president and currently has over 16,000 signatures, suggesting that a referendum or a vote isn’t needed to change its name.
The petition is available to the signed right now and you can do so too:
Do you think it is a good idea to rename China Airlines to Taiwan Airlines?