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A challenging year for China’s private carriers in 2009


2009 is proving to be a do or die year for China’s private carriers, as they, and other airlines around the world, are confronted by a weak revenue environment and a downturn in traffic volume. The one thing in their favour is the seeming improvement in the local economy, which appears to be translating into a recovery in air travel demand. [2595 words]

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  • Sichuan Airlines gains controlling holding in United Eagle Airlines, following a turbulent 2008 
  • Indebted East Star Airlines attempts yet another revival 
  •  Okay Airlines in discussions with potential investors
  • Juneyao Airlines takes delivery of new A320; profitable in 2008
  • Spring Airlines to spread wings internationally; targeting profitability in 2009

Graphs and data:

  •  China’s Private Carriers 
  • China domestic capacity (seats) by carrier: Jul-2009 
  • Okay Airlines aircraft delivery schedule (2009 to 2012): Jul-2009
  • Juneyao Airline aircraft delivery schedule (2009 to 2012): Jul-2009
  • Spring Airlines aircraft delivery schedule: Jul-2009
  • Passenger numbers trends for the smaller Chinese airlines:  May-2006 to May-2009
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