Many carriers use their top-tier lounges as an extension of their premium onboard experience, but one challenge could be space constraints.
The carrier flew about 700,000 passengers from the mainland in 2017, and expects an increase of about 50% this year, said Sales Vice President Ryan Uy.
The four airlines carry some 1.25 million passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes per year.
In the first half of 2018, China’s civil aviation industry registered a 12.4% increase in the number of air passengers, a 16.5% increase in operation incomes and a total profit of RMB 30.61 billion.
The two are discussing special pro-rate agreements, flight connections from the U.K.’s capital to cities including Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as to some African cities.
Continued international expansion by Chinese airlines will also fuel additional aircraft demand, benefiting the two big global manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.
ARC said that it anticipates that its airline and agency customers will desire to accept Alipay in the very near future.
The carrier is planning private placements in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and Juneyao Airlines, among investors, is to subscribe to the sale.
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