A flag carrier is an airline or ship line that is owned by the government of the country it is based in. Sometimes this means that the company has a monopoly on some routes, especially those to other countries. The term may have come about because of laws that all planes and ships have to show the flag of the country they are registered in.
- "flag carrier". Business Dictionary. http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/flag-carrier.html. Retrieved 22 January 2011.