WSJ: China’s Big Airlines Spread Their Wings

With international airline competition this intense and continuing to grow at breakneck speeds, we need policies that will level the playing field for U.S. and Canadian airlines here at home.  High aviation taxes, participation in the EU-ETS, and subsidies to foreign airlines at the Export-Import Bank are all examples of current policies that stack the deck against our airlines, pilots, and airline employees. Get involved today and help ALPA’s effort in Washington and Ottawa to level the playing field for our pilots.

China’s Big Airlines Spread Their Wings
Updated March 25, 2012, 8:20 p.m. ET
By DOUG CAMERON and ANDREW GALBRAITH

China’s big airlines are starting to throw their weight around on the global stage, targeting international passengers and freight in a move that could redraw the industry’s balance of power.

The Chinese market has until now been viewed as an opportunity for international airlines considering the potential of millions of new passengers, while Airbus and Boeing Co.BA +0.07%racked up billions of dollars in aircraft orders.

Now, China’s three largest airlines—which report full-year earnings this week—are starting to expand by offering bargain-basement fares from Asia to Europe and North America via their own domestic hubs.

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