China Eastern Airlines yesterday established a branch company in Zhejiang province in an effort to explore the market in east China further. It plans to expand its fleet there from 24 aircraft to 40-50 in the next three years, with weekly departures climbing from the current 400 to around 900. CEA also is trying to capitalize on the influx of tourists expected for next year's Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which is expected to attract 70 million visitors to the region.
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