The government-prompted merger of China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines is expected to happen shortly as Beijing seeks to implement its long-term plan to position Shanghai as an international aviation hub. Both CEA and SAL suspended trading Monday and are planning an important announcement, according to a statement released by the Shanghai Stock Exchange. SAL VP Feng Xin confirmed the trading suspension was related to the pending merger (ATWOnline, Dec. 15, 2008). "Yes, we are going ...

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