If you want a career as an airline pilot in Asia, the strong growth in that market indicates this is the best time in recent history for you. A good example of this is Air China, which is poised to become the world’s sixth-largest airline, bigger than Northwest Airlines and even British Airways. It appears that Air China plans to take over China Eastern. That means China could soon have a single giant aviation business dominating Beijing as well as Shanghai. Beijing-based Air China is already affiliated with Cathay Pacific, which is the dominant carrier in the country’s richest city, Hong Kong.
The biggest Chinese airline is China Southern. Air China is second and China Eastern third. If Air China and China Eastern do merge, the consolidated Chinese airline would also outrank Lufthansa and possibly Air France-KLM and Continental.