China Eastern to cooperate with Air France - KLM Group

17:10, May 07, 2010      

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China Eastern Alliance Corp., one of the three leading Chinese carriers, is working with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to discuss possibility of joint operation on the Shanghai-Paris and Shanghai-Amsterdam routes, said Pieter Elbers, senior route-network vice president of KLM, on May 6.

This is a further cooperation within the two SkyTeam alliance members after China Eastern Airlines announced in last month its soon-to-be membership in 2011. Joint operation in flying routes, mainly to share revenue and cost, is a higher level of cooperation than the code-sharing.

Currently, China Southern Airlines Corp., another SkyTeam alliance member, is jointly cooperated with Air France-KLM Group in Beijing-Amsterdam route and is also exploring the possibility of joint operation between Guangzhou-Paris.

Moreover, China Southern Airlines has also signed a framework agreement with Air France to set up a joint shipping company. Unfortunately, the plan was temporarily shelved after the financial crisis broke out. Nonetheless, Pieter Elbers said the two members are still seeking opportunities to resume cooperation if market recovery is favorable. He also said Air France may seek cooperation in the freight business with China Eastern Airlines.

By People's Daily Online


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