International Consolidated Airlines Group is in formal talks with China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines concerning a proposed codesharing deal on flights between Europe and China for British Airways. IAG chief Willie Walsh has stated that since there is no domestic Chinese carrier in the Oneworld alliance, a codeshare outside of the alliance makes sense for BA. Walsh hopes a codeshare agreement can be completed this year but has ruled out any possible acquisitions for IAG in Asia or in Europe to boost connections to Asia, preferring a more organic growth strategy for the region. BA flies to twice
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