China Southern Airlines reportedly reported loss from the carrier’s A380 operation in 2012 between CNY150 million (USD23.4 million) and CNY200 million (USD31.3 million), according to The Economic Observer. The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of its fifth and final A380 at the end of Feb-2013.
China Southern Airlines A380 loss reached up to USD31m in 2012: report
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