China's traditionally isolationist flag carriers are taking the initiative to ally with foreign counterparts in order to take advantage of increasing liberalization and maintain their competitive position. Among the three principal carriers, China Eastern Airlines is the only one uncommitted to a global alliance, preferring to seal its partnership with Singapore Airlines first (ATWOnline, June 11). CEA President Li Fenghua told ATWOnline that SIA's investment does not tie his carrier to Star ...

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