Chongqing Airlines To Become An LCC?

Chongqing Airlines could be transformed into a low cost carrier (LCC) by parent China Southern Airlines. Reports in China claim the airline has now converted its four A319-100s into all-economy configurations that will be deployed on flights on high-altitude and tourist flights out of Chongqing to Lijiang, Lhasa, and Jiuzhaigou. These might then be used to provide flights on a low cost carrier where passengers would be offered services in an all-economy class. The reports also say Chongqing Airlines plans to retain first and business-class cabins on its A320-200 services to Guangzhou and Beijing for the foreseeable future, but is also considering converting those aircraft into single-class layouts as well. Local rival China Eastern Airlines is also reportedly in the process of converting China United Airlines into its first low-cost carrier subsidiary.

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