Shanghai Air, United sign codeshare

Shanghai Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with United Airlines that expands international destination options and frequent flyer opportunities. The 11 code-share flights covered by the are scheduled to begin on May 15, the airlines said in a joint statement.

United routes listed under the agreement include Shanghai to Chicago and San Francisco; San Francisco to Los Angeles, Newark and New York JFK and Chicago to Newark and New York LaGuardia.

Shanghai Airlines flights included in the agreement depart from Pudong International Airport in Shanghai to Shenyang, Chengdu, Dalian and Qingdao, the statement said.

Customers will be able to purchase one ticket, from China or the US, for trans-Pacific journeys.

Shanghai Airlines, China’s fifth-biggest carrier, was awarded the right to operate flights between China and the US at the end of 2005 following the liberalization of the Chinese aviation market, the airline’s chairman Zhou Chi said.

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Hong Kong-based newspaper, The Standard, reported in January that Shanghai Airlines is likely to join the world’s largest airline alliance, Star Alliance, in the first half of this year.
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