Spring Airlines Spokesperson, Zhang Wu’an, confirmed the carrier has received an international Air Operator's Certificate from the CAAC East China Regional Administration (National Business Daily, 13-Apr-2010). Spring initially plans to operate from Shanghai to Singapore, Ibaraki and Jeju. The carrier is currently undertaking all preparatory work, including market feasibility studies, training, developing foreign language websites and seeking partners.
Spring Airlines commences preparatory work for international services
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