The oneworld member says its partnership with Juneyao, a Star Alliance member, will extend its network in China.
Finnair and Shanghai-based carrier Juneyao Air, one of the leading privately-owned carriers in mainland China, have agreed on a new codeshare on the route operated by the two airlines between Helsinki and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
The agreement also covers “selected Juneyao routes in China and selected Finnair routes in Finland”, the Finnish flag carrier says, and it adds “eight new destinations to Finnair’s network in China”.
From 28 June onwards, customers with Finnair, a oneworld alliance member, will be able to connect with Juneyao Air, a Star Alliance member, from Shanghai to Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Xi’an, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen and Fuzhou.
In addition, the Finnair code AY will be added on Juneyao routes between Nanjing and Xi’an, Chongqing and Zhangjiajie.
At the same time, the Juneyao code HO will be added to Finnair’s route between Shanghai and Helsinki, and to its domestic routes from Helsinki to Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Kuopio and Oulu. As is well known, Finnish Lapland has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists in recent years.
These new codeshare flights can already be booked from today.
42 weekly flights
During summer 2019, Finnair is operating up to 42 weekly flights between China and Helsinki, including daily flights to Shanghai.
“We warmly welcome this cooperation with Juneyao Air and are delighted to offer our customers more destinations and smooth connections in China,” said Christian Lesjak, the Finnish airline’s senior vice president for network and resource management.
Yu Chengji, executive vice president of Juneyao Air, added: “By connecting the Juneyao Air and Finnair networks we can offer more choices, enabling easy connection and communication between China and Europe via Finland. We believe the codeshare partnership between Juneyao Air and Finnair will be a win-win collaboration.”