Ensuring proper access to the huge and fast-growing Chinese air transport market has been a key objective for foreign airlines. Now, after years of little strategic movement, major realignment is about to unfold. American Airlines confirmed its intention to start code-sharing with China Southern Airlines and, even more important, buy a small stake in the largest Asian airline. The Guangzhou-based carrier has so far been a Delta Air Lines partner in the SkyTeam alliance along with ...


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