Air China and Shanghai Airlines, have formally joined the Star Alliance airline network. With the addition of the two Chinese airlines, Star Alliance now has 19 member carriers operating 17,000 daily flights to 897 destinations in 160 countries.
On domestic routes alone, Air China and Shanghai Airlines have added more than 40 new destinations to the Star Alliance network, thereby bringing alliance benefits to many more travellers.
Air China is Chinas’ national flag carrier and sole designated passenger airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Air China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange on December 15, 2004.
Shanghai Airlines is one of China’s first commercial airlines with multiple investments. It was the first Chinese airline to list on the stock exchange and issued A shares in 2001.
By joining Star Alliance, Air China and Shanghai Airlines will be able to provide added benefits to their frequent flyers. Participants in Air China’s PhoenixMiles and Shanghai Airlines’ Crane Club Frequent Flyer Programmes will now be able to collect and redeem miles on all Star Alliance member carriers. Customers who are enrolled in other members carriers FFP’s can now collect and redeem miles on Air China and Shanghai Airlines flights.