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In a move to skirt political sentivities in the People's Republic of China, Qantas created a "new" subsidiary airline to operate on the Taiwan route. Australia Asia initially operated a Boeing 767-338ER before graduating to the Boeing 747SP-38. VH-EAB is seen here operating into Changi on one of its "off-days" when it was not required on the Taipei route.

Following recent turmoil in Asia and within Philippine Airlines in particular, the Boeing 747 Classic has fallen victim to fleet cutback, both in numbers and number of types operated. N207AE is seen in happier times on final approach into Changi Airport.

Japan Airlines lent support to the Japanese World Cup 1998 campaign with this encouraging slogan on a Boeing 747-346B. The Japanese team ended up with an abbreviated tournament in Paris.

The Boeing 747SP had an illustrious career with China Airlines, operating the airline's round-the-world service as well as on politically-important routes such as Taipei - Johannesburg. N4522V flares elegantly prior to touching down on runway 20L at Changi Airport.

Air Niugini's A300-B4 wore what was once the most fiery plumage in the skies. Sporting a huge bird of paradise, this livery was eventually replaced by a more subtle (though very attractive) bird of more petite proportion. P2-ANG is seen here on the ramp of Changi Airport in 1984.

Royal Brunei Airlines operated this Boeing 767-33AER on behalf of Travelbug, a Singapore tour operator on flights to Barcelona in the early 1990s. This operation was previously undertaken by a Boeing 767-200. V8-RBE wore the full Royal Brunei livery and carried additional Travelbug titles and "HPL" logo.

This Airbus A310-304 (V8-HM1) was delivered to the Sultan of Brunei's Royal Flight on 12 June 1987 sporting these patriotic colours. It was re-registered V8-DPD in April 1993 and this livery was swopped for a smarter one (see V8-DPD in the "Seen in Singapore" section.

Malaysia Airlines operated an Airbus A310-304 (F-ODVF) on lease from Royal Jordanian Airlines from March to October 1990. During this lease, it had operated mainly to Singapore and East Malaysia (Kuching and Kota Kinabalu).

Garuda Indonesia B747-212B (9V-SQL) leased from Singapore Airlines for the Haj

World Air Network (WAC) operated a Boeing B767-381ER in full colours for about two weeks before reverting to having a small "WAC" sticker over an otherwise ANA colour scheme.

Sabena provided Kampuchea AL with an elderly Boeing 737-200C (OO-SDR) which was operated between Phnom Penh and Singapore in hybrid colours.


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