AVIC I will launch its new regional carrier with a fleet composed mainly of Chinese-manufactured aircraft "very soon," Senior VP Hu Wenming told ATWOnline yesterday at the Beijing Air Show. AVIC I and China Eastern Airlines revealed earlier this month that they will start a regional airline (ATWOnline, Sept. 7). "We are quite optimistic about China's regional market though it takes time to fully develop it," Hu said. "According to our national plan, China will build 51 regional airports. . ...

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