Toilet seats may seem like odd tourist attractions, but they are helping Chinese airlines. While Chinese domestic air traffic is no longer growing at anything like the rates common last decade, the carriers’ international business is surging, with a strong bias toward Asian destinations such as Japan—the source of high-tech lavatories, a recent Chinese fad. Hainan Airlines and Air China are also putting much more effort into long-haul business, with a focus on North America. And ...

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