China Said to Consider Consolidation Among Big 3 Airlines

  • Merger could be among airlines, or some of their businesses
  • Air China, China Southern, China Eastern make up the Big Three

A China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines airplanes are parked at Beijing Capital International Airport. Combining the three would create Asia’s only airline with more than 1,000 planes, lagging behind only the three big U.S. carriers.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China is considering combining some operations of the nation’s three biggest airlines as part of a broad reform of its state-owned enterprises, people familiar with the plans said.

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