Aircraft Decorated to Promote Indigenous Culture

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Council of Indigenous Peoples ([...]) and China Airlines ([...]) yesterday unveiled an aircraft bearing decals depicting scenes from the vibrant cultures of Taiwan's indigenous tribes during an inaugural flight ceremony yesterday in Taoyuan.

Most notably, the aircraft represents a bolstering of relations and cultural exchanges since the establishment of the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs of Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). In addition, studies show that show that Taiwan's indigenous people and New Zealand's Maori both belong to the Astronesian language group, and share similarities in cultural and genetic attributes, with both nations eager to expand efforts toward the strengthening of relations and research between the two indigenous groups.

The "Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan Liveried Aircraft" is adorned on an Airbus A330-300, a jet airliner with a capacity of 30 business class seats and 277 economy class seats. The aircraft made its inaugural flight yesterday from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Auckland via Sydney, with China Airlines stating that the route will be available to travelers seven times a week.

Vivid Illustrations of Traditional Wedding Rites

The livery features scenes from the Wedding Celebrations, a collection of works unveiled to the public for the first time yesterday by Sakuliu Pvavaljung, a renowned artist born into the Paiwan tribe in the ancient village of Tjavadjan from the social order of Ravar. …