Air China and Lufthansa continue their cooperation to increase the frequency on the Sino-German route. The total capacity will be 66 flights per week from Frankfurt or Munich to: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Air China has long-term strategic partnership with Lufthansa, started their first code shares in October 2000 and signed a further five-year code-share agreement in May 2006. The cooperation aims to provide passengers with extensive route network, smooth flight links and consistent products and services to consolidate and enhance both airlines’ market competitiveness.
Air China and Lufthansa developed a full-scale code sharing, carrying both airlines’ codes on all Sino-German flights. Air China’s flight no. was carried from Frankfurt and Munich to other 8 German cities: Berlin and Hamburg etc., while Lufthansa’s flight no. was carried to more Chinese cities. The third country code sharing offers passengers options between China, Brazil and Spain. The two airlines also developed Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) cooperation which enables both airlines’ FFP members to collect points and redeem airfares on all Air China or Lufthansa’s self-operating flights. Passengers also enjoy seamless transfer services between the two airlines via through check in. Both airlines profit from the partnership and contribute over one hundred thousands more passengers every year.
AMECO Beijing, established on 1st August 1989, is a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa. It is the first joint venture in the aviation sector with the most powerful maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, but also the first aircraft maintenance and engineering company in China holding certificates from FAA, EASA, CAAC and other 18 other airworthiness authorities.
In 2006, Lufthansa as a mentor recommended Air China to join the world’s largest airline alliance - Star Alliance. And now Air China is striving to fulfil the requirements of joining Star Alliance.