East Star has become China's first private airline authorized to operate
international flights after less than two years in business.
The company is yet to release the timetable for the services, but Hubei
Television reported on Tuesday evening that a daily service would be available
from early September.
According to Civil Aviation Administration of China regulations, new airlines
can qualify to apply to operate international flights only after three years of
East Star, however, beat rivals Okair, Ueair, Juneyao Airlines and Spring
Airlines, which analysts say should be attributed to the ongoing reform of
China's civil aviation industry.
Wuhan was designated in October last year as the first city to carry out such
reforms to open up the country's civil aviation market.
Under this reform, domestic airlines are free to establish subsidiaries in
Wuhan and open flights between Wuhan and other domestic cities so long as they
register with aviation authorities.
The first private airline in central and central-south China, East Star has a
registered capital of 80 million yuan and operates flights to more than 10
cities in China. The company's fleet is expected to hit 20 by