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New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Jun 29, 2012
A quick look at China's "big four" airlines The more you deal with China as a business partner the more time you'll spend flying with the "big four" Chinese carriers -- Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines. They dominate the skies of the People's Republic, with only a few scattered smaller airlines (and the Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific/Dragonair group) also flying around China. And they're seriously massive airlines, including Asia's largest carrier and two of the world's top ten, on a 'number of passengers' basis. We've put together this guide to each of the big four to detail each airline's main hubs, the major Chinese cities it serves, its subsidiary airlines (useful to know if you've booked a codeshare flight), its airline partnerships and the lounges it uses when flying from Australia. First up: the only Chinese airline on which you can earn Australian frequent flyer miles is China Eastern, which is a Qantas Frequent Flyer partner (and future parent airline of Jetstar Hong Kong). Air China is a Star Alliance and Etihad partner, while China Eastern and China Southern both made their bed with SkyTeam. If you've flown on any of these airline, share your thoughts in a comment at the bottom of the article. Jun 29, 2012 1544-3760
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