Star Alliance has invited Shanghai Airlines to join the alliance.
With this move both Shanghai Airlines and Star Alliance open a new chapter in Chinese aviation history.
Shanghai Airlines Chairman Zhou Chi said the invitation to join Star Alliance would only further enhance Shanghai Airlines’ position as a leader in the Chinese aviation market.
“With our large domestic network and increasing international routes we believe Shanghai Airlines brings a wealth of experience and value to Star Alliance. We look forward to working with Star Alliance toward full membership over the coming months.”
Star Alliance Chief Executive Officer Jaan Albrecht commented: “For Star Alliance this invitation to Shanghai Airlines represents a giant step forward in the evolution of the alliance. Having a high quality Chinese carrier of the calibre of Shanghai Airlines will add immeasurable value to our network.”
Chairman Chi and Mr Albrecht also added that Shanghai Airlines and Star Alliance would be working closely together to obtain more resources from airport authorities for the mutual benefit of all parties.
Commented Chairman Zhou: With the development of Shanghai Pudong Airport, we should make full use of the airport resources, provide quick and convenient transferring and connecting service which is called “Under One Roof”, and offer high-quality service to business passengers. This is also the main character of Star Alliance. We hope that the establishment of the second terminal building in the near future will provide high-standard, high-quality and high-efficiency operating service, thus greatly support Start Alliance.
Star Alliance and Shanghai Airlines will now work toward the formal entry of Shanghai Airlines to the alliance over the coming months.