China’s Qingdao municipal government is in negotiations with Air China (CA) and its subsidiary Shandong Airlines to launch Qingdao Airlines, according to Qingdao municipal transport committee deputy director Zhao Haibin. According to industry analysts, the Qingdao government is seeking to partner with an established Chinese carrier as new Civil Aviation Administration of China standards for new entrants make it difficult to launch new carriers (ATW Daily News, March 1, 2011). All ...

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