China Eastern A320. Photo: By Rob Finlayson. Chinese carriers facing pressure from the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail service scheduled to start Thursday are slashing air fares and making other adjustments to remain competitive (ATW Daily News, April 12). The Beijing-Shanghai air route is popular with business travelers. With an average load factor of more than 85%, it is the most profitable city-pair for domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines and Air China, the ...

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