All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its connections within mainland China through a new codeshare agreement with Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines that will include flights between and within China and Japan.

Starting from March 25 this year, passengers flying with the Japanese carrier will be able to book connecting flights operated by Juneyao Airlines between Shanghai Pudong and Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, and Osaka, as well as between Nanjing and Osaka and domestic flights between Shanghai Pudong and Chongqing, Xian, Harbin and Changchun.

Meanwhile, Juneyao Airlines will also place its code on flights operated by ANA between Shanghai Pudong and Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka, as well as domestic flights between Osaka and Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo and Okinawa.

Members of the ANA Mileage Club and Juneyao Air Club frequent-flyer programmes will also be able to accrue miles on these routes as well as redeem them for award trips.

The codeshare provides ANA, a member of Star Alliance, with important connectivity through Shanghai – a major white space in the airline alliance’s network following the departure of Shanghai Airlines in 2010 when it was acquired by Skyteam member China Eastern Airlines.

In May last year, however, Juneyao Airlines joined Star Alliance as its first Connecting Partner, a programme developed in 2015 designed to make regional and local carriers’ networks accessible to the alliance’s airlines without these smaller carriers coming on board as fully fledged Star Alliance members.

Notably, this enables passengers flying on Star Alliance carriers to receive a boarding pass for all flights in their itinerary when connecting to or from a Connecting Partner-operated flight, as well as check through baggage (where government regulations permit).

Star Alliance Gold members can also receive privileges such as fast-track security, priority boarding and check-in, and lounge access for top-tier Star Alliance members.;