China’s Juneyao Airlines has become the first connecting partner under Star Alliance’s partnership model that allows regional low-cost or hybrid airlines to link to its network without having to become a full member.
This model has enabled Star Alliance to achieve “two important goals”, stated the alliance’s CEO Jeffrey Goh. “First, as an alliance we can offer regional airlines an attractive way to connect to our global alliance network, without requiring full membership. Going forward, this will enable us to strategically enhance our network,” he said.
“Second, with Juneyao Airlines we strengthen our market position in Shanghai, a city which is already served by 17 of our member airlines
and which will now offer even better connectivity to our customers.”
As a connecting partner, Juneyao Airlines now offers Star Alliance members transfer opportunities at either of Shanghai’s two airports and through check-in in both directions.
Qualifying Star Alliance Gold Status passengers can enjoy the following privileges on their Juneyao Airlines connecting flights: lounge access; fast track security; additional baggage; and priority for check-in boarding, standby and baggage delivery.
Juneyao Airlines has sealed agreements with Star Alliance member airlines, enabling frequent flyer members of Air Canada, Air China, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines and United to earn and use miles when travelling on the Chinese airline.