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[flag of China Xinjiang Airlines]
image by Marcus Schmöger, 21 August 2001


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[flag of China Xinjiang Airlines]
Reverse of the flag
image by Marcus Schmöger, 21 August 2001

The China Xinjiang Airlines uses a logo combined of a crescent and a flying swan (a symbol of good luck). The logo is used on the tail of the aircraft, on publications and signs, and on flags. "Outside the waiting room at the Urumqi airport, in view of incoming and outgoing passengers, there are six identical flags of blue. On the obverse each bears in white the airline's name in Chinese and English below the swan and crescent logo. The reverse side of the flag is plain blue." W. Smith refers to the use of blue as a colour in flags in central Asia, including Xinjiang. "In 1933-34 a "Republic of Uygurstan, later renamed the "Islamic Republic of Eastern Turkestan", was established in southern Xinjiang with its capital at Kashgar (formerly known as Kashi or Sule). Its coins showed a triangular flag bearing a star and crescent, with flammules along the outer edges; the colors were white and blue." In the footnotes W. Smith mentions several sources showing these historical flags either blue with white symbols of the other way round.
I am not sure about the shade of the blue, as in the article there is no clear hint regarding the shade. I am not sure about the colour images in Flag Bulletin, either, as the flag Bulletin just recently started with some colour pages.
Marcus Schmöger, 21 August 2001