Chinese startup Qingdao Airlines launched its inaugural flight from Qingdao to Chengdu April 26. Qingdao has become the second privately run carrier to go into formal operations since the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) loosened its grip on approving new domestic airlines by implementing more favorable policies to lower standards and simplify procedures. The new venture formally launched in June 2013 and placed an order for 23 Airbus A320 family aircraft in September 2013, with ...

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