HERB KELLEHER has never met Wang Zhenghua, and the legendary co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines might be surprised to know that he inspired Wang to launch a low-fare airline in China that is built upon the same uncomplicated business model as SWA. "Kelleher is my idol as I learned a lot from him on how to operate a low-cost carrier, so Spring Airlines can only be the student of Southwest Airlines to some degree," the chairman of the Shanghai-based new entrant tells ...

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