China Eastern stays profitable for fifth year straight

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China Eastern Airlines says it has achieved a fifth consecutive year of profitability, as it carried 80 million passengers in 2013.

The Shanghai-based airline says it recorded 689,300 take-offs and landings last year, up by 7.8% from a year ago. The amount of cargo carried hit 1.4 million t. No further financial figures were provided.

Its peer China Southern Airlines meanwhile says it carried 91.8 million passengers in 2013, up by 6.1% from a year ago.

The amount of cargo carried by the Guangzhou-based carrier was 1.3 million t, up by 3.6% from 2013.