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Allegiant celebrates flying 1,000 Wish Kids through partnership with Make-A-Wish®

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) this week celebrated its 1,000th wish flight as a Make-A-Wish travel partner, bringing four year-old Nicolas Dones IV (known by his nickname, “Cuatro”) from McAllen, Texas to Las Vegas on March 21 for Monster Jam World Finals XIX. This wish kid, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, was celebrated with surprises on both ends of his flight, as well as in the air.

Above Photo: Allegiant Air. Wish kid Cuatro and Captain Joshua Rockwood in the flight deck of the Airbus A319.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant became a charitable partner with Make-A-Wish in 2012. Since then, the company has donated nearly two million dollars in complementary airfare to send wish kids and their families on wish trips. To commemorate the 1,000th wish milestone, Allegiant surprised passengers on board Cuatro’s flight by announcing that all proceeds from ticket sales would be donated to Make-A-Wish – to pay it forward and provide funds toward the next wish.

Cuatro’s wish journey began at McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE) with a special send-off celebration, including a monster truck-themed cake, as well as treats donated by Chick-Fil-A – his favorite restaurant. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, Cuatro rode from the gate through the airport in style – on a battery-powered, ride-on replica of his favorite monster truck, Grave Digger. Dozens of Allegiant employees greeted Cuatro and his family at baggage claim with full fanfare – a warm welcome from Las Vegas’ hometown airline.

In addition to providing support for Make-A-Wish by donating travel, Allegiant also gets passengers involved through the sale of “Wingz Kid Snack Packs” on board each flight – one dollar from each snack pack sold goes directly to Make-A-Wish. In addition, Allegiant in 2017 donated office space to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, making the company’s Las Vegas headquarters the new home of the nonprofit organization’s local chapter at a rent of $1 per year.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

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Permission to fly: Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics is granted the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)

The new Spanish airline plans a start of flight operations this week.

Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics (TCAB) on March 20 was granted an AOC. This means that the new Spanish airline can formally operate as an airline. The AOC comes following months of preparatory work. The new Spanish airline will start flight operations on Saturday, March 24, according to current plans.

The new airline, Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics, is part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines’ growth plans, giving it a new base in its most popular destination from which it can provide flights to support its other airlines, according to seasonal demand. To ensure full integration the Board of Directors includes members of the senior team from Thomas Cook Group Airlines and is chaired by Paul Hutchings, Group Director of Flight Operations. Accountable Manager of Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics is Juan Manuel Gallego.

The new airline will commence operations with five Airbus A320 aircraft during summer 2018. These aircraft will initially take over short and medium-haul flights for Thomas Cook’s German airline Condor to replace third party aircraft leases.

This announcement of the new AOC follows the recent announcement of the granted AOC for Thomas Cook Aviation, the other new airline of Thomas Cook Group Airline, based in Germany, following the collapse of Air Berlin.

Top Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (Balearics) Airbus A320-214 EC-MTJ (msn 1954) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941315.

New Spanish airline, AOC March 20, start March 24, 2018

Kuwait and MEA to codeshare on the Kuwait City – Beirut route

First Airbus A320 with Sharklets, revised flag emblem

Kuwait Airways and Middle East Airline have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see Kuwait national carrier’s code, KU added to Middle East Airline flights and Lebanon national carrier’s code, ME added to Kuwait Airways flights operated between Kuwait City and Beirut.

The Bilateral Code Share Partnership will commence on March 25, 2018.

Kuwait Airways operates 11 weekly flights on the route with Airbus A330/A320 aircraft and Middle East Airlines (MEA) operates 13 weekly flights with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWBY (9K-AKE) (msn 6350) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 925047.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.


Vietjet to open a new route to Brisbane

VietJetAir's A320 Disney Live! logo jet

Vietjet and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Queensland, Australia recently signed an agreement to open a nonstop service between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane, looking to boost the region’s integration and trade exchange. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and senior leaders of Vietnam and Australia witnessed the signing ceremony in Sydney. The direct flight between the two cities is expected to commence in 2019.

Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 VN-A680 (msn 4475) (Disney Live!) HAN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 925331.

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Brussels Airlines reviews its positive 2017 financial results

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNH (msn 2207) LHR (SPA). Image: 937527.

For Brussels Airlines, 2017 was marked by positive financial results in a highly competitive environment and strategic investment for the future.

  • Operating profit (EBIT) of €14.98 million in 2017 (IFRS standard)
  • Net result of €3.57 million (IFRS)
  • Continued highly competitive environment which, in combination with a strong capacity increase linked to fleet alignment (+11%), led to important yield pressure
  • Market share increased by 1.4 p.p. (+ 1.3 million passengers)
  • 9.1 million passengers (+17.3%) leading to a record seat load factor of 78.8% (+4.1 p.p.)
  • Key strategic projects implemented, weighing on 2017 results, but creating new sources of profit (Thomas Cook/launch of Mumbai/Toronto)
  • Excluding one-time costs of strategic investments, the operating result amounts to €25 million
  • €1.326 billion revenues and a cash position (€204 million) that remains very solid, despite the reimbursement of €16.8 million of airport security subsidies following negative decision by European Commission. The additional 2 years of subsidies which were expected to be received have been cancelled, which will negatively impact the BGAAP net result (exceptional one-time effect)
  • Brussels Airlines hired 645 new staff members (including 160 crew members of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium)
In 2017, despite a challenging market environment, Brussels Airlines continued on its growth path of the last years, booking a positive result for the 3rd consecutive year.  Brussels Airlines’ seat capacity increased by 11% versus 2016, especially on the European network, following the phase-out of the AVRO RJ100 fleet (100 seater) and its partial replacement by bigger Airbus A319/320 (140/180 seats). The increased capacity on the long-haul sector was realized thanks to the addition of an Airbus A330, which was mainly deployed on the new Mumbai route.

The additional seats have resulted in a 17.3% passenger increase, allowing Brussels Airlines to pass the 9 million passenger mark for the first time in its history (one million above the original 2018 ambition) and leading to a seat load factor of 78.8% (+4.1 p.p. and only 1.8 p.p. under the 2018 ambition), also a record for Brussels Airlines.

An overall growing network and strategic investments fueling the future of Brussels Airlines

The European network – The integration in Belgium of the Thomas Cook Airlines activities and two of its Airbus A320 aircraft, allowed Brussels Airlines to reinforce its position in the important leisure segment. The closer cooperation with tour operator Thomas Cook Belgium allowed Brussels Airlines to add 26 new destinations to its existing leisure network and to further improve its productivity. The integration will increase Brussels Airlines’ customer base by a further one million guests, contributing substantially to the profitability of the highly competitive European network.

By increasing the seat capacity on the European network and, as a consequence, growing the passenger numbers, Brussels Airlines was able to increase its market share. This created an important pressure on the yield, however, which was further reinforced by the capacity increase related to the fleet alignment towards the A320 family in a market that was still in a recovery phase after the March 22nd terrorist attack, impacting the profitability in the early months of 2017. As a consequence, the full profit effect of the up-gauge from Avro to Airbus will hence only by visible as of 2018, as already visible in the financial results of the two first months of 2018.

The African continent – With a very strong performance, despite some political crises, Africa remained the strong-hold of Brussels Airlines in 2017. For the first time ever, the airline surpassed the one million passenger mark on the African network, corresponding to an increase of 14.0% and resulting in an average seat load factor of 87%, a record for Brussels Airlines. Brussels remains a real hub for African passengers, with 65% of passengers connecting to a Brussels Airlines destination in Europe or the US. The Cargo activities of the airline contributed to the positive results on Africa.

US and Canada – On the North Atlantic sector, Brussels Airlines focused on the performance  of its three destinations New York, Washington and Toronto. During the first semester of 2017, the traffic from the US to Belgium still suffered from the terror level 3, impacting travel from the US to and via Belgium. It’s only in the second semester that the traffic started to recover. Overall passenger number grew by 13.7%.

Brussels Airlines expects a further improvement of the North Atlantic performance thanks to the recently signed sales agreement with the Lufthansa Group.

Newcomer India – Launched in April last year, Brussels Airlines’ first Asian destination Mumbai reached an average seat load factor of 75% and financials are in line with the business plan. India is an important economic partner for Belgium with, at the same time, a substantial leisure potential.

A good start of 2018

The first two months of this year show a positive trend in terms of passenger volumes and revenues – even though the pressure on the yield remains very high. With a passenger growth of 15% and 16.5% in respectively January and February, Brussels Airlines could further reinforce its market position. The overall costs per seat are also lower than during the same period last year – especially thanks to the first results of the investments done in 2017.

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNH (msn 2207) LHR (SPA). Image: 937527.

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Air France-KLM presents its summer schedule with a 4.1% increase

Air France-KLM have made this announcement:

For the 2018 summer season (from March 25 to October 27, 2018), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 4.1% compared to the previous summer season*. Growth will be driven by Transavia’s low-cost operations (+10.6%), the long-haul passenger network (+3.9%) and the short and medium-haul passenger network (+1.4%). In 2018, the group is continuing its growth strategy and offering 314 destinations to 116 countries including 78 new services this summer throughout its network.

With an increase in capacity of +4.1%, we are choosing to step up our offensive on all our markets. This summer, the group will inaugurate 78 new services, a record in its history, and proof of its agility and ambition to develop its activity. In this way we are confirming the growth objectives set out in Trust Together and are determined to take our share on this highly competitive market”, stated Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.

Long-haul: +3.9%

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM will operate 9 new services** –

–        6 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Nairobi (Kenya), Seattle/Tacoma (USA) startng March 25, Taipei (Taiwan) starting April 16 and San José (Costa Rica) in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with Air France. Fortaleza (Brazil) starting May 3 and Mahé (Seychelles) starting May 5 with Joon.

–        1 destination on departure from Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe): Atlanta (United States) as a continuation of the winter season with Air France.

–        2 destinations on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Fortaleza (Brazil) and Mumbai (India) in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with KLM.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 913111.

Above Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 913111.

  • North America

In the United States, Air France will resume service to Seattle/Tacoma with 5 weekly flights by Boeing 777-200. The Atlanta – Pointe-à-Pitre service launched during the 2017-18 winter season will be prolonged throughout the 2018 summer season. Detroit and Boston will be operated by Boeing 787 until June 17. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is increasing its services to Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York. One frequency a week from Amsterdam will be added to both the Minneapolis and San Francisco routes, taking the weekly frequency of KLM flights to 4 and 11 respectively. The KLM frequency to New York will increase by 6, taking the weekly total of roundtrips between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and New York to 20.

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

Above Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

  • Central and South America and Caribbean

In Brazil, KLM and Joon are launching new services to Fortaleza on May 3, 2018. KLM will operate 3*** direct flights a week between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol airport and Fortaleza by Airbus A330. Joon will operate a twice weekly service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Fortaleza by Airbus A340. This new route will offer a third Brazilian gateway for the Group with its partner GOL Linhas Aéras Inteligentes, in addition to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with 6 new routes beyond Fortaleza operated on a code-share basis. KLM will offer an additional 333 seats per week to Rio de Janeiro, representing an increase of 18.2%, thanks to an additional weekly flight. The Group will thus offer its customers 2 daily flights to/from Europe with KLM on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and with Air France on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

In Costa Rica, Air France will extend its service to San José throughout the summer season with 2 weekly flights.

In Argentina, Colombia, Chile and the Caribbean, KLM is increasing its weekly seat capacity by 20% on departure of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol : An additional flight to Buenos Aires and Santiago, takes KLM’s weekly frequency on this route to 6; an additional flight to Bogota and Cartagena, takes KLM’s weekly frequency on this route to 4; and an additional flight to Aruba and Bonaire takes the total weekly frequency on this route to seven. And, 2 new weekly circle flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, St Martin and Curaçao will increase KLM’s weekly frequency to Curaçao from 7 to 9. Air France will operate one of its Boeing 787 to connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Bogota as from April 22 and 2018. To St Martin, Air France will operate 2 weekly services on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Airbus A330.

  • Asia and the Middle East

In Taiwan, Air France will inaugurate a service to Taipei with 3 weekly flights operated by Boeing 777-200 as from April 16. This new offer will be in addition to KLM’s daily service to this destination.

In Japan, Air France will increase the number of seats available to Osaka thanks to its Boeing 787, i.e., an additional weekly seat capacity of 744 and on its service to Tokyo-Haneda with 2 additional weekly flights.

In South Korea, customers will benefit from an additional flight to Seoul operated by Air France Boeing 777-200, representing 3 weekly flights in total.

In Thailand, Air France will offer 2 additional flights to Bangkok, i.e., 5 weekly flights throughout the summer season.

In India, KLM will prolong its Mumbai service in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with 3 weekly flights. Air France will entrust its Mumbai service to Joon as from June 18, 2018. The service will be operated daily by Airbus A340. In Bangalore, Air France will increase its flight offering with an additional flight, i.e., 7 weekly flights.

In Malaysia, KLM will reduce frequencies to Kuala Lumpur and will operate 7 weekly flights on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in continuation of the winter season.

In Kazakhstan, KLM will suspend services to Almaty and Astana during the summer season, in continuation of the winter season.

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean

In Kenya, Air France will inaugurate the Paris-Nairobi service on March 25, 2018. The city will be served by Boeing 787 with 3 weekly flights.

In Egypt, Iran and South Africa, Air France will entrust to Joon its service to Cairo with a daily flight as from March 25, Tehran with 3 weekly flights as from April 2 and Cape Town with 3 weekly flights as from April 1.

In West Africa, Air France will increase the number of direct flights to Lomé (Togo), offering 3 weekly frequencies in addition to the 4 weekly Paris – Accra – Lomé services. To Accra (Ghana), the airline will offer an additional non-stop flight, operating a total of 4 weekly frequencies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

In the Seychelles, Joon, will inaugurate its service to Mahé with 3 weekly flights as from May 5, 2018.

Medium and short-haul – +1.4%

On its medium and short-haul network, the Group is expanding its offer of destinations and connections with 45 new services**.

Throughout the 2018 summer season, the Air France-KLM group will offer 18 new services** on departure from the main hubs and regions –

–        On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bergen (Norway) and Catania (Italy) with Air France as well as Cork (Ireland), Wroclaw (Poland) and Toulon (France) with HOP!

–        On departure from Paris-Orly: La Rochelle (France) with HOP!

–        On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol Nantes (France) and Växjö (Sweden) with KLM

–        On departure from the French regions with HOP!:

o   On departure from Bordeaux: Düsseldorf (Germany);

o   On departure from Marseille: Caen (France) and Metz (France);

o   On departure from Montpellier: Algiers (Algeria);

o   On departure from Nantes: Hamburg (Germany);

o   On departure from Lille: Brest (France);

o   On departure from Lyon: Rouen (France) and Nuremberg (Germany);

o   On departure from Strasbourg: Rennes (France);

o   On departure from Toulouse: Caen (France).

During the peak summer period, the Air France-KLM group will offer 27 new services including 16 to/from Corsica** –

–        On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bari (Italy), Ibiza (Spain), Dubrovnik (Croatia) with Air France as well as Cagliari (Italy) and Perpignan (France) with HOP!.

–        On departure from the French regions with HOP!:

o   On departure from Bordeaux: Calvi (France);

o   On departure from Caen: Ajaccio (France);

o   On departure from Castres: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Marseille: Geneva (Switzerland), Beirut (Lebanon);

o   On departure from Metz: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Nantes: Ajaccio (France) and Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Nice: Beirut (Lebanon) and Quimper (France);

o   On departure from Lille: Toulon (France);

o   On departure from Lyon: Figari (France), Calvi (France), Bastia (France) and Ajaccio (France);

o   On departure from Perpignan: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Strasbourg: Toulon (France) and Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Toulon: Geneva (Switzerland);

o   On departure from Toulouse: Ibiza (Spain) and Figari (France);

–        On departure from Brussels (Belgium): Calvi (France) with HOP!. 

The Group will expand its medium and short-haul network by significantly increasing flight frequencies. Air France will increase its capacity to Dublin (Ireland), Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden), Berlin (Germany), Nice (France), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Palma (Spain) by 9% compared to the previous summer season. KLM will increase its capacity to Bologna (Italy), Krakow, Gdansk (Poland) and Helsinki (Finland).

Joon (Air France) Airbus A320-214 F-GKXT (msn 3859) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 940724.

Above Copyright Photo: Joon (Air France) Airbus A320-214 F-GKXT (msn 3859) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 940724.

Joon will continue its growth on the medium-haul network. Air France will entrust 4 additional destinations to Joon on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle –

–        To Italy: Naples with 3 daily flights and Rome with 7 daily flights,

–        To Norway: Oslo with 2 to 3 daily flights,

–        To Turkey: Istanbul with 1 daily flight.

These destinations will complete the existing Joon network on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, comprising Barcelona (Spain), Lisbon, Porto (Portugal) and Berlin (Germany).

Transavia: +10.6%

Transavia will develop its network from all its bases in France (Orly, Lyon and Nantes) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven) with 24 new services**:

–        From Eindhoven: Rijeka (Croatia), Seville (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Tel Aviv (Israel);

–        From Rotterdam: Lamezia Terme, Palermo (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Almeria (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Heraklion (Greece) and Al Hoceima (Morocco);

–        From Paris-Orly: Beirut (Lebanon), Rabat (Morocco), Alicante (Spain) and Olbia (Italy);

–        From Nantes: Rome, Catania (Italy), Agadir, Casablanca (Morocco) and Djerba (Tunisia);

–        From Lyon: Catania, Palermo (Italy), Djerba (Tunisia) and Malaga (Spain).

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 930149.

Above Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 930149.

On departure from the Netherlands, the Group’s low-cost airline will increase capacity by 50% to Greece and its islands, as well as to Eastern Europe (Belgrade and Ljubljana).

On departure from France, total growth will be 19%, mainly driven by departures from the French regions such as Lyon and Nantes. Transavia will mainly increase capacity to Morocco, Greece and Tunisia to meet the strong demand of leisure travellers.

Moreover, Air France and Transavia have signed an agreement under which Air France will share 50 services operated by the low-cost carrier from Paris-Orly, Lyon and Nantes.

Partnerships, the perfectly-balanced equation for even more destinations

In order to offer its customers the most extensive network and the best connecting opportunities on all continents, Air France-KLM is actively pursuing its policy of strengthening its existing alliances and exploring new partnerships.

For the 2018 summer season, the group will offer a wider choice of destinations and connections for customers travelling between India and Europe via Paris and Amsterdam thanks to the enhanced cooperation agreement recently signed with Jet Airways.

The joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines provides customers with access to more than 270 destinations beyond 27 North American cities and offers more than 215 destinations beyond the 28 European gateways.

To maintain its position as European leader in terms of capacity from Europe to China, Air France-KLM will continue its strategic joint venture with China Eastern from the main hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Shanghai, while maintaining its joint venture agreements with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines on 5 services from Paris and Amsterdam to Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing and Xiamen.

Air France will offer the new Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Taipei route in cooperation with China Airlines, a member of Skyteam, with a codeshare agreement on this route, as well as destinations beyond the two hubs.

Air France and Vietnam Airlines, also a SkyTeam member, have signed a new joint-venture which has been in force since November 1, 2017. In this way, customers will benefit from a combined offer as well as improved and enhanced connections between the buoyant market of Vietnam and Europe.

With its partner GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, customers of the Air France-KLM group will benefit from 50 Brazilian destinations, now available from three gateways in Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Fortaleza.

The already-existing partnership between KLM and Kenya Airways provides customers with access to a vast network to East Africa and several connecting opportunities from Nairobi. The launch by Air France of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Nairobi route and the integration of the airline in the joint-venture with KLM and Kenya Airways considerably increases the Air France-KLM group’s capacity in East Africa.

Moreover, with KLM’s integration in the joint-venture between Air France and Air Mauritius, KLM and Air Mauritius will share a coordinated flight schedule throughout the year on the Amsterdam-Mauritius route.

*Capacity measured in available seat kilometres compared to the 2018 summer season.
**Compared to the 2017 summer season.
*** 2 weekly flights from 3 May to 1 July then 3 weekly flights as from 2 July 2018.

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Juneyao Airlines and ANA launch codeshare and frequent flyer partnership

Juneyao Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-6922 (msn 5071) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939382.

Juneyao Airlines, one of the leading private-owned airlines in mainland China and the first “Connecting Partner” of Star Alliance, will launch codeshare cooperation starting from March 25, 2018 with ANA, one of the premier airlines in Japan focused on delivering excellent customer service. The codeshare cooperation mainly involves Sino-Japan trunk routes as well as beyond flights.

According to the codeshare agreement, Juneyao Airlines will place its own “HO” code on ANA operated Sino-Japan trunk routes connecting Shanghai Pudong to Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka Kansai, and also beyond routes in domestic Japan to Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo and Naha from Osaka Kansai. On the other side, ANA will have its “NH” code on Juneyao operated Shanghai Pudong – Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, Osaka Kansai and Nanjing – Osaka Kansai flights. Passengers will also see “NH” code on Juneyao operated Chinese domestic flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chongqing, Xi’an, Harbinand Changchun. Both sides have agreed to start codeshare sales through both official channels and authorized agencies from March 22. In addition, both parties will set up transit counters in Shanghai Pudong and Osaka Kansai airport, offering seamless experience for transit passengers.

Besides the codeshare, Juneyao Airlines and ANA have reached consensus on intensifying FFP (Frequent Flyer Program) cooperation and providing top-notch FFP services. The FFP cooperation will start on the same day of the codeshare implementation and will allow customers from Juneyao Air Club and ANA Mileage Club to earn miles on certain classes and redeem flights of both sides. What’s more, both carriers will offer priority privileges for elite members on codeshare flights, including priority check-in, priority baggage handling, priority boarding, extra baggage allowance and lounge access.

Juneyao will further launch intercontinental flights after receiving Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in late 2018.

Copyright Photo: Juneyao Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-6922 (msn 5071) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939382.

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