8 July 2014
During German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel´s state visit to China, Song Zhiyong, president of Air China Ltd. and Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing to expand the scope of the strategic partnership between their companies.
In the summer season of 2014, Air China and Lufthansa have a joint capacity input of 81 flights per week on the Sino-German routes. Air China and Lufthansa recently began codesharing on all their flights between China and Germany. Meanwhile, with the domestic and third-country codeshare, Air China and Lufthansa are able to expand network access to nine points in China and Germany, as well as destinations in Zurich, Spain and Brazil, etc.
This new joint venture with Lufthansa will also offer customers of both airlines a product range that is more varied and can be combined more flexibly. This provides additional travel options and flight connections. The new partnership agreement should come into force in two phases as early as the start of the winter flight timetable in late October 2014. Both companies also signed a memorandum of understanding to expand collaboration in the area of maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Air China has been expanding its route network covering the whole Europe. It owns 23 flight routes between China and Europe with 194 flights per day, reaching 19 major cities in Europe including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, and Madrid, etc.