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British Airways in talks to codeshare with Chinese airlines

11 Apr 2016 by Clement Huang
British Airways (BA) has initiated talks with China Eastern and China Southern to discuss the possibility of codesharing on flights between Europe and China. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, noted that mainland travel is on the rise, and the absence of a domestic Chinese carrier in the Oneworld alliance has prompted the airline to seek partnerships outside the airline alliance. "We've been in discussions with China Eastern and China Southern for some time with the view to codesharing with British Airways and we're optimistic that we'll make progress there," said Walsh who hopes that some codeshare agreements can be completed this year. "We met informally for a number of years but we've been having more formal discussions over the past couple of months". Asia is becoming a big focus for BA’s expansion, as the airline has added new destinations, such as Chengdu, while re-entering markets including Kuala Lumpur and Seoul in recent years. For more information, visit britishairways.com Clement Huang
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