China Eastern Airlines is moving strongly into the territory of rival Air China by setting up a branch airline in Chengdu that it plans to equip with 30 aircraft by 2015. Routes to Southeast Asia, an express service to Shanghai and new direct flights to China’s well-developed cities feature in China Eastern’s plans for Chengdu, which will exploit the expansion of the city’s Shuangliu International Airport. The city, at the western edge of China’s heavily populated zone, is developing as the ...


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