China Eastern Airlines this week confirmed its plan to launch a new regional carrier in partnership with AVIC I, continuing a recent trend that has seen several companies invest in China's long-neglected regional market. CEA's new western-based airline will operate mainly MA60s and the new ARJ21, which is scheduled to come off the assembly line by year end. It will compete in part with HNA Group's new Grand Xinhua Express, which launched in March (ATWOnline, April 2), and the joint venture ...

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