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Ready for take-off? China’s answer to Boeing now just needs to sell

April 24, 2017 By Brenda Goh and Tim Hepher SHANGHAI/PARIS (Reuters) – When China unveiled an historic order for its first large commercial jetliner at a national air show in 2010, Western journalists were kept away, and only local media were allowed to witness a major turning point in China’s aviation ambitions. The COMAC C919 jet is expected to stage its maiden flight in the coming weeks, and foreign media and potential buyers will be invited in force – illustrating how Beijing is adjusting to competition for a slice of…

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China Southern Airlines in talks over American Airlines cooperation deal

March 26, 2017 SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China Southern Airlines is negotiating a potential strategic tie-up with American Airlines that could involve a share issue and other forms of business cooperation, it said on Sunday. A stock exchange filing from China’s largest carrier by passenger numbers said the proposed cooperation is subject to approval by shareholders and government authorities and no binding agreement has yet been made. The company’s U.S.-listed shares jumped 6.9 percent on Friday after it halted trading in its China and Hong Kong-listed shares and said it was…

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