BEIJING—Hainan Airlines owner HNA is close to filling big gaps in its network, as the group’s Shanghai-based package carrier looks likely to begin passenger operations this year. The move should alleviate a longstanding problem of HNA’s airline business: its scarcity of connections between major cities. The immediate threat to China Eastern Airlines is likely to be limited, however, since that carrier is quite dominant in Shanghai, its home town. The Civil Aviation ...

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