SOMETIMES HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. WHEN SICHUAN AIRLINES launched the A320 into Chinese skies in 1995, few would have expected that 14 years later the Chengdu-based carrier also would take delivery of the first A320 to be assembled at Airbus's Tianjin final assembly line in June 2009. It is, after all, not the most visible actor in an industry in which the three largest state-controlled carriers, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, still have the starring ...

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