Eight airlines in China have formed an alliance to block East Star Airlines from entering the aviation market.
East Star is the first private aviation company in central China. It has scheduled its maiden flight for tomorrow and says it has sold out nearly 8000 tickets, including 3700 roundtrip tickets, for future flights.
The eight airlines trying to block the upstart are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Shangdong Airlines.
They accuse East Star of going against the relevant rules in airline operation by offering high commission fees, and they say they will not sign transfer tickets for East Star and will not allow their agents to sell East Star tickets. They also ask travel agencies and scenic spots not to book tickets from East Star.
East Star's president Lan Shili said that the eight are themselves launching unfair competitive practices by joining to force his company out of the market.