Virgin America launches codeshare agreement with China Eastern

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 18, 2014 16:56

Virgin America launches codeshare agreement with China Eastern

Virgin America and China Eastern have announced a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel from Shanghai, China to multiple destinations across the United States. The new agreement will see China Eastern place its two-digit flight code (MU) on a range of Virgin America routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington Dulles (IAD). Codeshare flights can be booked today for travel from December 17, 2014.

Starting next year the two airlines will launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. Members of China Eastern’s frequent flyer program will be able to earn Eastern Miles when traveling on all Virgin America flights and redeem their Eastern Miles for reward flights on all Virgin America routes. Members of Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program will also be able to earn Elevate points when flying across China Eastern’s network as well as redeem their Elevate points for international reward flights on any route operated and marketed by China Eastern.

“According to the latest update from the UN World Tourism Organization, China is the largest outbound tourism market for the second year in a row and is showing no signs of slowing down. We are very pleased to launch our first codeshare agreement in this important market with one of the largest airlines in mainland China, a partner that shares our passion for providing outstanding guest service,” said Adam Green, Virgin America’s Director of Network Planning. “We look forward to welcoming China Eastern guests onboard our flights and offering our award-winning service to and from a range of destinations across the United States. This is also great news for our Elevate members, who will be able to enjoy earning Points on even more destinations starting next year.”

“The United States is a key market for our airline and we are delighted to expand our reach even further with Virgin America. The agreement streamlines the booking process for travel between Shanghai and a range of destinations across the United States and will make it even easier at the airport, offering one-stop check-in for boarding passes and baggage. We look forward to working closely with Virgin America in the future,” said Ms. Li Yan, China Eastern’s Director of Commercial Cooperation Dept.

China Eastern offers daily direct flights from Shanghai to San Francisco and from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

The codeshare partnership expands on the two airlines’ existing interline agreement, which commenced in May 2013. China Eastern is Virgin America’s fifth codeshare agreement and joins the airline’s growing partner portfolio.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 18, 2014 16:56