China's airlines are moving to upgrade their fleets and cut international flights to mitigate the impact of skyrocketing fuel costs. China Southern Airlines President Liu Shaoyong told ATWOnline at the IATA AGM in Istanbul last week that the carrier plans to phase out 12 MD-80s in October with the aim of improving fuel efficiency. In addition, it cut some international flights on June 1, particularly Southeast Asia routes from Guangzhou that an industry analyst said "are mainly focused on ...

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