Air China Ltd falls most in four months in Hong Kong trading

By Margarita Snegireva. After China Eastern Airlines Corp. snubbed a bid to buy a stake, Air China Ltd. fell the most in four months in Hong Kong trading.

The airline dropped 11 percent to HK$8.81 as of 2:42 p.m. after China Eastern said it "doubted the sincerity'' of an offer from an Air China affiliate to buy as much as 30 percent for at least HK$14.9 billion ($1.9 billion).

China Eastern's opposition may frustrate Beijing-based Air China's attempts to establish a hub in Shanghai and a dominant position in Asia's biggest aviation market. China Eastern's management aims to revive an alliance with Singapore Airlines Ltd. that was vetoed by minority shareholders earlier this month.

Air China is the People's Republic of China's state owned and second-largest commercial airline after China Southern Airlines. It is the flag carrier and the only airline to fly the PRC national flag on its entire fleet. Its logo consists of a phoenix in the form of the abbreviation VIP, and "Air China" in both English and Chinese, which was autographed by Deng Xiaoping. It operates 5090 flights each week worldwide and is also the 18th largest airline in the world by fleet size.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is an airline based in Shanghai, China. It is a major Chinese airline operating international, domestic and regional routes. Its main base is Shanghai Pudong International Airport, with a hub at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

It currently doesn't belong to an airline alliance, but may be courted by Oneworld or SkyTeam.Airline has been given a 3-star rating from Skytrax.

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