Airlines: Fast Boat to China

On April Fools' Day, when China Airlines' new Boeing 727 climbed into the early morning smog that blanketed Taipei's Sung Shan Airport, 14 paying passengers were scattered among the craft's 108 seats. C.A.L.'s management was understandably distressed: it was the inaugural jet flight for the little airline, which is just beginning to make a bid for one of the world's most lucrative routes—from Taipei up to Osaka, Tokyo and back, then a Taipei-Hong Kong round trip. By last week, business had begun to perk up, and China Air kicked off a sales campaign in the Far East and...

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