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Suspended Okay flights flying again

ALL 13 of the suspended domestic passenger flights of Okay Airways, China's first private airline, have now resumed operation, the company said yesterday.

A 174-seat Boeing 737-800 took off at 7:50am from Tianjin, in north China, carrying 141 passengers. The plane landed at Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, at 9:40am, said a spokesman.

The last flight to resume will take off this morning from Tianjin to Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province in southwest China.

Okay Airways suspended passenger services on December 6 last year, nine days ahead of a deadline for suspension set by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The suspension order came after some airports, worried about the airline's financial troubles, would only refuel Okay's planes for cash. More than 2,000 passengers were stranded at the airline's base in Tianjin and at other airports and had to be transferred to other flights.

Management problems and a lack of capital support from Junyao Group, Okay Airways' main shareholder based in Shanghai, had been cited as factors in the suspension.

Okay's first flight resumed service on January 24, a day after the CAAC issued a permit.


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