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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.

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More seats than passengers as Chinese airlines expand too fast

Cathay Pacific Airways’ planes were emptier this March than last despite a 19 per cent surge in Hongkongers’ air travel, while the latest traffic figures from mainland China’s ‘Big Three’ state-owned airlines also showed falling capacity utilisation.

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