Juneyao Airlines today became the first airline
to expand the Star Alliance network as a Connecting Partner.
the alliance’s partnership concept, the Shanghai-based
airline now offers Star Alliance passengers new transfer
opportunities at either of Shanghai’s two airports - Pudong
International and Hongqiao International.
For all connecting
passengers through check-in will be offered in both directions and
all qualifying Star Alliance Gold Status passengers will be
provided the following privileges on their Juneyao Airlines
• Lounge Access
• Fast Track Security
• Additional Baggage
• Priority Check-in
• Priority Standby
• Priority Baggage Delivery
“With Juneyao Airlines as a Connecting Partner we have
achieved two important goals,” said Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance.
“First, as an alliance we can offer
regional airlines an attractive way to connect to our global
alliance network, without requiring full membership. Going
forward, this will enable us to strategically enhance our network.
Second, with Juneyao Airlines we strengthen our market position in
Shanghai, a city which is already served by 17 of our member
airlines and which will now offer even better connectivity to our
Alliance 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 more than 1,600
weekly services (874 weekly domestic flights and 811 weekly
international flights) in and out of the Chinese metropolis,
serving 64 destinations (25 domestic and 39 international) in 19
Juneyao Airlines now offers Star Alliance customers the
option of connecting to more than 1,700 weekly flights to 69
destinations in eight countries and regions through Shanghai.
“In our 11 year history we have grown into a medium-sized
airline operating 62 Airbus A320-family aircraft. Being selected
as a Connecting Partner by Star Alliance for providing additional
connectivity through Shanghai is recognition of our dedication to service. We hope that Star Alliance customers will enjoy our
hospitality”, said Wang Junjin, Chairman Juneyao Airlines.
The Connecting Partner Model allows regional, low-cost or hybrid
airlines to link to the Star Alliance network without having to
become a full member. For customers this gives access to
additional travel options beyond the current 1,300 airports served
by the alliance’s 28 member airlines.
also enter into bilateral commercial agreements with selected Star
Alliance member airlines, which may include Frequent Flyer
Programme based privileges.
In the case of Juneyao Airlines,
Frequent Flyer Members of Air Canada, Air China, EVA Air,
Singapore Airlines and United will be able to earn and burn miles
when travelling on the Chinese airline
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