CAAC last week approved China Eastern Airlines' acquisition of Shanghai Airlines, according to CEA GM Ma Xulun. The merger still requires the approval of both carriers' shareholders, but CEA said it has started the merger process and expects the transaction to be completed by year end (ATWOnline, Aug. 10). A shareholders conference is planned for Oct. 9 to consider and vote on the merger and approval is expected. "The total fleet of CEA and SAL is more than 300 aircraft, so we plan to make a ...

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