May 2020 is set to be the first ever month in which Chinese airlines operate more passenger jet flights than their US counterparts, according to data from analysts Cirium. Cirium tracking data show that from Friday, May 1 up to and including Wednesday May 27, Chinese airlines completed nearly 200,000 flights with passenger-configured widebodied, narrowbody and regional jets, compared with fewer than 170,000 for carriers based in the USA. China has achieved this milestone because its airlines have recovered to an activity level approximately 35% below last year, whereas US operators still remain 74% down as a result of the
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