Oneworld woos China Eastern Airlines as alliance partner | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Oneworld woos China Eastern Airlines as alliance partner

Not open for further replies.


Active Member
May 1, 2007
Found this: Oneworld woos China Eastern Airlines as alliance partner-05/06/

Airline alliance Oneworld is to continue to court Shanghai-based carrier, China Eastern Airlines as a potential future member despite Singapore Airlines, a member of a rival alliance, taking a stake in the carrier.

Singapore Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, but Oneworld says that it can still accommodate carriers in China that are partners with another group.
John McCulloch, the alliance's managing partner, said, at a briefing on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association annual general meeting in Vancouver that he does not believe SIA's expected purchase of a sizeable minority stake will complicate Oneworld's discussions with China Eastern.
"China is an unusual market for this sort of activity. We are proceeding as before," "I don't think it is going to complicate things," he says.

China Eastern is the only one of China's "big three" carriers that has yet to commit to joining an alliance, after Air China announced last year that it would join Star and China Southern Airlines earlier declared that it would join SkyTeam.

McCulloch says Hong Kong-based Oneworld member, Cathay Pacific Airways, already has a sizeable stake in future Star member Air China, so there is a precedent for cross-alliance shareholdings in the China market.
He says that as Cathay subsidiary Dragonair will be joining as an affiliate member of Oneworld later in the year, the China market will be well covered until a member from within mainland China is brought in.
Not open for further replies.

AFF on Air Podcast

  • jb747’s Stellar Career with Qantas – AIR013
    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:00:41 AEST
      In this special edition of the podcast, Matt chats to John Bartels (a.k.a. jb747) about his flying career with Qantas, the A380, the QF30 incident, flight training, retirem ...
  • Cheap Virgin Australia Business Class – AIR012
    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 03:05:28 AEST
      Find out how to get cut-price Virgin Australia Business Class tickets by buying and redeeming Etihad Guest miles! This episode also includes some listener Q&A and an interv ...
  • Star Alliance Status – AIR011
    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:39:41 AEST
      Find out how to easily earn Star Alliance Gold status with several different frequent flyer programs! This episode also includes an interview with John Blom, Australia’s ...
  • Premium Economy – AIR010
    Sat, 04 May 2019 00:21:32 AEST
      Premium Economy is a great compromise if you want a more comfortable experience than Economy, without paying for Business or First class airfares! In this episode, AFF’s ...
  • Hyperinflation of Points – AIR009
    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:49:59 AEST
      Frequent flyer points are a valuable currency, but they aren’t immune from hyperinflation! In this episode, Matt discusses why frequent flyer points are a terrible long-t ...

Community Statistics

Latest member