A slowing economy and the ripple effects of the Sichuan earthquake helped produce a 23% year-over-year drop in Chinese airlines' combined net income in the first half of 2008 to CNY3.7 billion ($540.9 million) from CNY4.8 billion in the year-ago period. China Eastern Airlines reported a CNY368 million profit while Air China enjoyed a 5.5% increase in operating revenue to CNY24.21 billion in the first half. Passenger boardings totaled 16.6 million. CA did not release its profit figure in its ...

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