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The Baidu-owned online travel company Qunar has revealed plans to launch an airline.
Qunar, an online platform that allows airline companies and travel agents to sell aeroplane tickets, has teamed up with two other Chinese companies to launch the airline, which will run domestic and international flights to nearby countries.
Qunar was recently involved in a fracas with four of China’s biggest airlines after they withdrew from the Qunar platform following a row about high prices.
Qunar says that it is setting up its airline start-up after these airlines set up their own online ticket booking platforms.
100 million Chinese people travelled overseas for leisure purposes in 2014, with this figure set to continue increasing at a rate of around 10% per year.