China Eastern Airlines plans to convert its subsidiary China United Airlines into a low-cost carrier (LCC). The transformation should be complete next year. China United was launched in 2004; its main operating base—Beijing Nanyuan Airport—is a former military airport. Last year, China Eastern relaunched China United Airlines by consolidating it with Hebei Branch Co. to be better positioned in the North China market. China Eastern also plans to set up two operating bases for ...

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