Air China seeking government aid

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Chinese flag carrier Air China has confirmed it is seeking financial aid from the Chinese Government.

The Beijing-based Star Alliance carrier's chairman, Kong Dong, is quoted by local and foreign media today as saying in Beijing that the carrier has put in a request for government aid.

Kong reportedly said the carrier is seeking at least 3 billion yuan in aid, which is the same amount that China Southern Airlines recently received. He added, however, that the carrier will still be able to survive if its request is rejected.

Chinese airlines have been struggling and the Chinese Government has already provided financial aid to several carriers. In addition to China Southern, the Government has promised aid to China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.