Last week, shortly after one of its planes exploded (thankfully, no one was killed), China Airlines covered up its logo on the charred fuselage with a fresh coat of white paint. Talk about protecting the image of your brand: “Our plane? No way! There’s no logo! That could be an Aer Lingus jet!” At first, I thought this seemed par for the course with the Communist People’s Republic of China. But this airline’s from the “other” Republic of China, aka Taiwan, where Democracy flourishes (kinda) and market forces prevail (sorta). Have Taiwanese business leaders been taking lessons from China’s whitewashing of public perception? Speaking of the PRC, it would sure be a shame if someone painted “Remember Tiananmen Square” across some tanks at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Photos via Mainichi Daily News.
—Posted by David Gianatasio