In response to the increasing competition posed by railroads, CAAC asked Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Hainan Airlines to cooperate on the Golden Route of Beijing-Shanghai and help make transport more efficient. Launched Aug. 6, the new Air Express Service has met with mixed reaction so far. Nearly 4.2 million passengers traveled on the route in 2006, accounting for 3% of China's total passenger traffic. CAAC cited its desire to "facilitate ...

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