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China airline wants passengers to stand for flight

HONG KONG — China’s first budget carrier, Spring Airlines Co. 601021, -3.16% is considering seeking permission to have passengers stand during a flight in exchange for a lower price, China National Radio reported Tuesday.

While similar schemes have been studied by Ireland’s Ryanair Holdings and others, Spring’s plan originated with the carrier’s chairman, Wang Zhenghua, back in 2008, when the annual Chinese New Year holiday travel rush made it hard for passengers to obtain rail and air tickets, a Spring Airlines spokesman told the radio program.

Still, aviation officials around the world have been reluctant to approve such an idea due to safety issues.

“We need many other conditions to make it work, like working together with airplane manufacturers, getting the approval from the authorities and having the consumers accept the idea,” the spokesman said. But if they approve it, Spring Airlines will offer the service, he said.

Spring Airlines previously made news by offering extremely cheap promotional air tickets priced as low as 9 yuan ($1.40).

 

via MarketWatch