Tuesday, June 24, 2008

US Airways Inks Codeshare Pact with Air China

BUSINESS WIRE--US Airways (NYSE: LCC) customers will soon have more Asia-Pacific connecting options through a new US Airways codeshare relationship with Star Alliance member carrier Air China Limited. The agreement puts the US code on Air China service to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York Citys John F. Kennedy International Airport.

US Airways will also put its code on connecting flights to Shanghai through Air Chinas Beijing hub. However, these connecting options are only available for bookings that include Los Angeles or San Francisco-Beijing service. Customers may purchase these new US Airways travel options beginning June 25, 2008.

Conversely, Air China will put its code on US Airways flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

We continue to expand our network across the Pacific through our codeshare partners. Air China provides our customers with three U.S. gateways to Beijing and Shanghai, and we now have codeshare arrangements to over 20 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, said Andrew Nocella, US Airways senior vice president, schedule planning and alliances.

We are pleased to establish this partnership with US Airways, which enhances our cooperation within the Star Alliance network. We believe passengers will benefit from our cooperation, with more convenience and choice through our expanded network and competitive products, said, Zhang Lan, Air Chinas senior vice president.

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