The agreements will allow both Chinese carriers to place their codes and flight numbers on Delta Air Lines-operated flights between Seattle and Beijing. In...

Delta Air Lines has expanded its codeshare agreements with China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, two of the largest carriers in the People’s Republic of China, to provide more options for customers traveling between the United States and China.

The agreements, recently approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, will allow both Chinese carriers to place their designator codes and flight numbers on Delta Air Lines-operated flights between Seattle and Beijing.


In addition, China Eastern Airlines will place its designator code and flight numbers on Delta-operated flights between Detroit and Beijing.

One of China's three largest airlines, China Eastern Airlines operates a varied and sizable fleet that includes five Airbus A330-300s and five A330-200s

“We thank the Civil Aviation Administration of China for approving our expanded partnership with China Eastern and China Southern, which provides significant new options for customers of all three carriers and will enhance travel and trade between our nations,” says Vinay Dube, Delta’s senior vice president – Asia Pacific.

The codeshare agreements between Delta and the Chinese carriers already allow China Eastern to codeshare on Delta’s flight between Detroit and Shanghai; and allow Delta to codeshare on China Eastern-operated flights from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai, as well as on China Southern Airlines’ service between Los Angeles and Guangzhou.

China Southern Airlines' first Airbus A380 is photographed from an aircraft flying above as the A380 takes off on its delivery flight on October 14, 2011

In addition, once the expanded codeshare goes into effect, Delta and China Eastern will provide codeshare service to 34 cities within the U.S and China, while Delta and China Southern will provide codeshare service to 18 cities in the two nations.

China Southern and China Eastern are both members of the SkyTeam alliance, which also includes Delta.

Later this year, Xiamen Airlines, which operates a network of domestic and regional services throughout China and Asia and whose major shareholder is China Southern, also will join SkyTeam.

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