Photo credit:Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland
Star Alliance introduces its first Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines. The Shanghainese airline started operations in September of 2006. Today it operates 62 Airbus A320 aircraft with an average fleet age of three years. The airline targets the middle-to-high level official, business and leisure markets and flies 80 domestic routes between Shanghai and cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen as well as international and regional routes including Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Thailand, Japan and Korea.
Juneyao Airlines now offers Star Alliance passengers transfers at either Pudong International or Hongqiao International in Shanghai with through check-in in both directions. It offers Star Alliance customers the option of connecting to over 1,700 weekly flights to 69 destinations in eight countries and regions through Shanghai.
Star Alliance Gold status passengers will be provided with lounge access, fast track security, additional baggage, priority for check-in, boarding, standby and baggage delivery. Air,
This Connecting Partner Model arrangement allows regional airlines to connect to Star Alliance’s global alliance network without requiring membership. It also allows Star Alliance to strengthen its market position in Shanghai, which is already served by 17 of its member airlines. Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United operate over 1,600 weekly services ina nd out of the Chinese metropolis serving 64 destinations in 19 countries. Air China, ANA, Asiana and EVA Air serve both airports at Hongqiao and Pudong.
Connecting Partners also enter into bilateral commercial agreements with selected Star Alliance member airlines which may include Frequent Flyer Programme based privileges. Frequent Flyer Members of Air Canada, Air China, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines and United will be able to earn and redeem miles when travelling on Juneyao Airlines.