The success of a new KLM service will help reveal how quickly airlines can exploit the potentially important opportunity for intercontinental flights to secondary Chinese cities. The destinations offer huge populations of people whose incomes and ability to travel are rising; but for the moment, they are tough markets that only two Western airlines—KLM and Lufthansa—have been brave enough to pioneer. The Boeing 787, with its low operating cost and moderate cabin size, will probably ...

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