In 2015, Delta invested $450 million to acquire a 3.55 percent stake in China Eastern Airlines. The US carrier said it expected more cooperation with Chinese Eastern in the future.
Flyiin was originally built as a consumer-facing service for air bookings. It switched to a B2B model in the summer of 2018.
Wanda Group, Hainan Airlines and Fosun International have all shown an interest in a deal, though Shanghai-based Greenland is likely to be the final participant.
China Eastern Airlines was projected to have carried 121.1 million passengers in 2018, an annual increase of 9.3 percent.
On-time performance in Chinese commercial aviation leapt 8.5 percentage points to 80.1% in 2018.
Growth in Asia Pacific, at 9.6%, was more than three times stronger than the Middle East (2.8%). The second-best performing region was Europe at 5.8%. Flight departures from Africa grew by 5.2% and from the Americas by 4.4%.
Pudong International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport round out the top three routes for Apple’s air travel.
Airlines should learn from tech titans about the acquisition and use of data.
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