Routes between U.S., Asia boom amid general slump

09/30/2008 | NYTimes.com

Growing business travel between the U.S. and Asia is boosting the fortunes of an otherwise struggling airline industry. According to figures compiled for The New York Times, the 996 nonstop flights scheduled for the third quarter between the U.S. and Asia represents an all-time high. Airlines are adding both flights and amenities on the increasingly profitable routes. Besides booming regional economies, analysts say more fuel-efficient long-range aircraft are helping to drive the trend.

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