Air China and United Airlines recently signed a multi-year agreement to strengthen their long-standing strategic partnership.
In addition to the long-term extension of their agreement, Air China and United have established a joint strategic initiative that will significantly deepen coordination between the two airlines for the benefit of their customers in China and the United States.
Through the new initiative, Air China and United will work together to elevate their product offering to customers across the travel experience.
United´s President and Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Munoz, said: “We are honored by the close partnership United and Air China have shared since 2003 and the positive difference it has made in the travel experience for both carriers´ customers. This agreement marks a significant milestone in our long-standing cooperation and further distinguishes United and Air China as the leading carriers between the US and China.”
United currently serves three mainland China destinations nonstop from its premier Asia-Pacific gateway at San Francisco.
United will launch an additional nonstop service from San Francisco to its fourth destination in mainland China, Xi´an, on May 8, 2016 (westbound), and its fifth destination in mainland China, Hangzhou, on July 13, 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval.
Air China and United, both members of Star Alliance, currently operate the leading joint network between China and the United States, and together carried more than 2.7 million customers between the two countries in 2015. The carriers operate codeshare flights on 47 routes in China, 72 routes in the US and Mexico, and 16 trans-Pacific nonstop routes between China and the United States.
Air China is China´s only national flag carrier and a member carrier of the world´s largest airline network – Star Alliance.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.