China private airline to run international flights18 July 2007
East Star has become China’s first private airline authorized to operate international flights after less than two years in business.
The company is yet to release the timetable for the services, but Hubei Television reported on Tuesday evening that a daily service would be available from early September.
According to Civil Aviation Administration of China regulations, new airlines can qualify to apply to operate international flights only after three years of operations.
East Star, however, beat rivals Okair, Ueair, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, which analysts say should be attributed to the ongoing reform of China’s civil aviation industry.
source: China Daily