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China's First Private Airline to Fly This Year


China's first private airline is expected to take to the skies this year.

The official Xinhua news agency says Sunday Okay Airways is undergoing a final official review, and should be cleared to begin operations after Nov. 20.

Xinhua said the Beijing-based airline plans to lease six U.S.-made Boeing 737 aircraft for domestic cargo and passenger charter flights.

Two other private airlines, United Eagle Airlines and Air Spring, reportedly hope to begin flying next year, once a review of their applications is completed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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