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China’s Airline Industry Headed For Clearer Skies

More High-End Travelers, Increased Domestic Business Travel, Helping Industry Perform Better Than Many Other Markets

China Eastern has grown rapidly in the last 15 years, increasing its domestic and international flight destinations

China Eastern has grown rapidly in the last 15 years, increasing its domestic and international flight destinations

In the last several years, air travel in China has “taken off” among younger travelers, who traditionally take long-distance sleeper trains when traveling between provinces or far-flung destinations. While this has been great for domestic airlines such as China Southern or Air China, recent moves have indicated what many people find obvious — that Chinese airlines like the growing number of economy travelers, but love the growing number of luxury or business travelers, who have no qualms about plunking down top dollar for longer domestic or international flights.

The Financial Times recently wrote on the current state of the Chinese airline industry, which is performing very well despite concerns that a potential drop in travelers may dent their earnings. Despite this, the difference between the successes of Chinese airlines and the woes of American or European airlines are, in many ways, like night and day:

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