Air China launched its Hubei branch company yesterday, officially abandoning its pursuit of East Star Airlines and opening service from Wuhan to Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. CA is basing six aircraft at Wuhan and plans to introduce another half-dozen by year end, by which time it will have launched service to Xi'an, Urumqi, Nanjing, Shenyang, Macau (July) and Taipei (August). "We will develop our network in the middle part of China on our own. So whether East Star goes bankrupt or ...

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