Spring Airlines: China's Low-cost Airline
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Case Code : OPER085
Case Length : 27 Pages
Period : 2005-2009
Organization : Spring Airlines Ltd.
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : China
Industry : Aviation
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