Developing Western China is a long-standing priority for the central government in Beijing. Population density in the west is much lower, and economic output per person is below the national average. Officials all over the country believe commercial aviation helps economic growth, so a push is on to develop air links within and to the western province of Xinjiang. In fact, it is now a redoubled push. The carrier doing the work, China Southern Airlines, is reinforcing an effort that began ...

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