TAP and Air China to begin code-share operations

Thursday 21, October 2010


TAP and Air China to begin code-share operations


From 14 October 2010, TAP Portugal and Air China — both members of the Star Alliance network — will enter into a commercial cooperation agreement that covers code-share operations on selected flights between Portugal and mainland China, providing even more benefits to their customers.


This code-share will allow TAP and Air China to sell flights from each airline, connecting Lisbon and Porto to Beijing and Shanghai through selected European cities in Italy, Germany and Spain.


Code-sharing with Air China allows TAP to offer new services to the fastest-growing market in Asia and provide its passengers with a variety of choices and convenient access to key tourist and business destinations in this part of the world. 


Thirteen years after having suspended its own operations to Asia (Macau), TAP will add Beijing and Shanghai to its range of destinations while extending its cooperation to yet another Star Alliance partner, Air China.


“Through the combination of services offered by TAP and Air China, both tourists and business travellers can now enjoy the most convenient and direct connections between Portugal and China. Our agreement will help strengthen the commercial and cultural ties between the two countries and the position of Lisbon and Porto as additional European destinations for Air China, while Beijing and Shanghai become two new and important points in Asia for TAP,” said José Guedes Dias, TAP Portugal’s Director of Alliances and Foreign Affairs. 


Zhang Lan, Vice President of Air China, also commented on the cooperation: “Air China’s policy has always been focused on passenger service and it endeavours to provide safe, rapid, convenient and satisfying transport services for our customers. I believe that through combined efforts we will provide more options and high-quality services to customers travelling between China and Portugal.”


In pursuing a strategy to expand the range of travel options available to their customers and providing additional benefits resulting from close cooperation among Star Alliance members, TAP and Air China are beginning code-share operations through cities in Italy (Milan Malpensa and Rome), Germany (Frankfurt) and Spain (Madrid) and hope, in the future, to successfully strengthen and expand connections with other destinations around the world.



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