Net income of Shanghai-based China Eastern soared to RMB1.17 billion (US$171 million) in the six months from RMB1.3 million a year earlier.
Li Lei, an analyst at China Securities, said, "The carrier should perform better in operating profit as the domestic aviation market posted a strong recovery in the first half, which indicated that its profitability was still weak because of fierce competition."
Li forecast the domestic aviation market to grow faster in the second half of this year and China Eastern is likely to post a profit for the year.
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