A version of this article appears in the August 4 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. For about a decade after the low-cost airline revolutionbegan to sweep across Southeast Asia, the Civil AviationAdministration of China (CAAC) was not interested. Then,a year ago, the industry’s overseer quite suddenly began to push the idea. But not everything in China is as choreographed as is often imagined—certainly not commercial aviation, even though the ...

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