I was hoping someone could help me get some facts strait about Chinese Airlines and how the civil aviation system works there.
From what I've found there are four airlines: Air China (I think the largest) China Eastern, China Southern and Shanghai Airlines. Seems like Air China is based out of Beijing, though has a good chunk of flights out of Shanghai. China Eastern seems to be about the same. Shangai Air is out of Shanghai (Duh!) and China Southern out of Guangzhou. I've gotten a sort of idea of how their route structures work, but where and when are they allowed to have overlapping routes? Who is given international routes (they all have at least some international flights (I think Shanghai Air at least goes to Japan)) and who gives them permision to fly them? Is the system regulated?
Okay please correct anything that I've said or will say that is wrong.
Are all of the airlines owned by the government? Are any of the airlines owned by the government? Are there any other Chinese Airlines I'm not mentioning (remember, China Airlines is from Taiwan, as is EVA Air).
Where would I be able to find out their annual revenues? Well maybe just for 2001 or the last few quarters of this year. Does the Chinese government allow them to publish that sort of info?
Okay I know there are sort of a lot of questions I'm answering but I'd really (if I knew how to bold really, I would) really would appreciate any info you can offer me.
Thanks a lot,
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