STAR ALLIANCE AND JUNEYAO SEAL PARTNERSHIP

SHANGHAI, China, October 10, 2016 – Star Alliance and Juneyao Airlines have sealed a strategic partnership which will see the Shanghai-based airline become a "Connecting Partner" of Star Alliance in 2017. The Connecting Partner Model is designed to allow airlines to connect 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.

"Juneyao Airlines is a terrific addition to our network proposition in China and particularly in the Shanghai market", Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance said at a news conference.

The Shanghai-based airline started operations 10 years ago with the aim of offering a competitive and high quality product to both the business and leisure market.

"Juneyao Airlines is proud to play its role in enlarging the Star Alliance network offer through Shanghai's two airports. We look forward to welcoming connecting passengers from Star Alliance on our airline in the near future. We offer 53 additional routes which will complement Star Alliance's existing services from Shanghai and will no doubt attract more connecting passengers to our two home hub airports", said Wang Junjin, Chairman Juneyao Airlines.

Under the innovative Connecting Partner concept, customers travelling on an itinerary which includes a transfer between a Star Alliance member airline and a Connecting Partner will be offered the standard Alliance benefits such as passenger and baggage through check-in. In addition, Star Alliance Gold status customers will enjoy a tailored set of privileges in line with the product offerings of the individual Connecting Partner. In the case of Juneyao Airlines, connecting Gold status customers will be offered the following privileges once the airline achieves Connecting Partner status in 2017:

  • Lounge Access
  • Fast Track Security
  • Additional Baggage
  • Priority Check-in
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority Standby
  • Priority Baggage Delivery
  • Currently 17 Star Alliance member airlines are operating around 1,600 weekly services in and out of the two Shanghai airports, Pudong International and Hongqiao International, which are both served by Juneyao Airlines. With a fleet of 56 aircraft, Juneyao Airlines provides more than 1,700 weekly flights to 69 destinations in eight countries and regions.

    -- Janet Northcote