Air China to join Star Alliance when Merkel visits Beijing

Air China has agreed to join the Star Alliance, a tie-up of 18 airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Singapore Airlines, and is expected to sign an agreement joining the group when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Beijing next Monday, sources told AFX news wire. Air China and Lufthansa have been cooperating for some time on code-sharing as well as aircraft maintenance in Beijing, they added