SHANGHAI, China, May 23rd, 2017 - Juneyao Airlines today became the first airline to expand the Star Alliance network as a "Connecting Partner". Juneyao, a 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 privileges on their Juneyao Airlines connecting flights,. These privileges are Lounge Access, Fast Track Security, Additional Baggage, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Standby and Priority Baggage Delivery.

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.

Connecting Partners also enter into bilateral commercial agreements with selected Star Alliance member airlines, which may include Frequent Flyer Programme based privileges. In 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 Juneyao. 


--Mohamed El Hageen