United, Air China expand partnership to offer more flight options

CHICAGO (KRON) — United Airlines and Air China on Tuesday announced an expanded partnership designed to offer passengers more flight options between U.S. cities including San Francisco and locations in China.

The airliners are both members of the global airline network, Star Alliance. The companies say they plan to expand their code-sharing cooperation which will allow for an additional 22 routes. The expanded collaboration will result in the most comprehensive route network between the U.S. and China, according to the companies.

Air China says it will place its code on United-operated flights on 12 additional U.S. domestic routes: from San Francisco to Salt Lake City and Austin;
from Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth, Cleveland, Tucson, San Antonio, Newark and Seattle; from Washington Dulles to Columbus and Tampa; and from Houston/Bush Intercontinental to Tampa and Nashville.

United says it is placing its code on Air China-operated flights on 10 additional domestic routes in China: from Beijing to Mianyang, Taiyuan, Sanya, Shanghai Hongqiao, Yinchuan, Xining, Liuzhou, Haikou and Lanzhou; and from Shanghai Pudong to Yinchuan.

The latest announcement expands an already established alliance between the two companies which have worked in partnership since 2003.

Air China has six gateways in the U.S.: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York/JFK, Houston/Bush Intercontinental, Washington, D.C./Dulles and Honolulu.

United says its San Francisco hub is America’s leading trans-Pacific gateway.

Tickets for the new code-sharing routes went on sale on Tuesday.

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