WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American Airlines Group Inc. ( AAL.O ) confirmed late Tuesday night that the site's appearance on Taiwan has changed, a move shared by two other major US companies Airlines is expected Wednesday to avoid Chinese punishment.
Reuters reported Tuesday that the three major airlines are switching their sites to Taiwanese airports.
A review of the American Airlines website late Tuesday showed that it now only contains the airport code and the city of Taipei, but not the name Taiwan. Beijing has demanded that foreign companies, and in particular airlines, on their websites do not refer to Taiwan as a non-Chinese territory, a move the White House described as "Orwellian nonsense" in May.
China has set a final deadline for July 25 for the changes, and last month US calls for talks on this issue declined, reinforcing tensions in relations that were already frayed by an escalating trade dispute.
Hawaiian Airlines () had changed their website before the deadline to display the search for flights to Taipei in Taipei as "Taipei, Taipei" in drop-down menus, Reuters reported Tuesday morning ,
United Airlines ( UAL.N ) and Delta Air Lines Inc ( DAL.N ) have still received references to Taiwan late Tuesday following reviews of their sites.
The US State Department and the White House did not respond late to requests for a late Tuesday.
Numerous non-US airlines, including Air Canada ( AC.TO ), Lufthansa ( LHAG.DE ) and British Airways ( ICAG.L ) Reuters checks have already made changes to their websites after China's Civil Aviation Authority sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines earlier this year.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Sandra Maler and Michael Perry