[photopress:air_shanghai_airlines.jpg,full,alignright]Shanghai Airlines is a likely focus for further consolidation of Chinese commercial aviation as larger carriers, especially Air China, look for greater access to the country’s biggest city.
An Air China takeover of the second-level carrier would be a big step toward creating the balanced nationwide operator that China still lacks in any of its big-three airlines-China Southern, Air China and China Eastern.
With a domestic network operated by 59 aircraft, Shanghai Airlines has also caught the eye of China Eastern.
In Shanghai’s airports China Eastern serves nearly 40% of travelers.
Shanghai Airlines comes second, with 18%.
Air China, a mere 12%.
Air China needs a stronger presence in southern mainland China, as well as Shanghai, but in that part of the country it already has a foothold, a 25% stake in Shenzhen Airlines.
The airlines of China live in interesting times. Read the quite long and well researched story by clicking on Source.
There has been a query as to why we normally illustrate these stories with cabin crew instead of aircraft. First cabin crew tend to be a damn sight more attractive. Second, our pictures tend to be more vertical than horizontal. Vertical aircraft worry passengers.
Source: Aviation Week