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Air China

Air China is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People's Republic of China. Based in Beijing it is one of the world’s largest airlines in terms of fleet size but ranks behind its main competitors, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, in terms of passenger traffic.

Higher aviation fuel costs are among headwinds facing Chinese carriers in 2017. Photo: AFP

Chinese carriers to hit headwinds in 2017

A triple threat of lower yields, higher fuel prices and yuan depreciation are expected to see Chinese airlines’ earnings slip next year, analysts say.

“Not only are airline earnings under pressure from lower yields, costs are also becoming a problem,”