Quickly first, some background:
Air China operates 5,090 flights each week worldwide and is also the world’s largest carrier by market capitalization.
The airline flew 41.28 million passengers in 2009, with a passenger load factor of 76.53%. Results improved with an increase of 14.23% from 36.14 million in 2008.
It is the 5th-largest airline in Asia, 5th-largest in the world in terms of domestic cargo traffic and 18th-largest airline in the world in terms of fleet size. Market Watch reported Air China net income for the first quarter more than doubled from a year earlier, because of a rapid rebound in demand for air travel and that profit for the three months were up 121% from the year earlier, the carrier’s Shanghai-listed shares fell 2.5%, with some analysts saying the strong results had been priced in, given the stock’s recent outstanding performance.