22 AUGUST 2016
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Access for business travellers to the domestic Chinese market took several steps forward last week after British Airways launched a new partnership with Shanghai-based carrier China Eastern Airlines (MU).
BA will now start selling flights to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing on a BA flight code, while the Chinese carrier will sell BA flights to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle on an MU flight code.
BA chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: “We believe the start of this codeshare will help to generate more opportunities for companies based in these important regional Chinese cities, as it will be simpler and easier to travel to do business in person.
“We are delighted to be partnering with China Eastern Airlines and pleased we can now offer our customers the opportunity to book with BA to fly to these destinations.”
BA said the new deal meant an easy one-stop-shop booking experience for passengers and ease of connection between the two carriers.
“UK customers can travel through China’s gateway cities to destinations that have previously been more difficult to access from the UK and China Eastern customers can connect on to BA in Shanghai and Chengdu,” the airline added.
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