Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines and Air China sign codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Air China, China's exclusive national flag carrier.

Announced April 17, the agreement leverages the reach of the two airlines’ respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations, the airlines said in a news release announcing the agreement.

The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian's launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing on April 16.

The partnership will extend Hawaiian’s network beyond the capital city of Beijing, giving customers the ability to explore additional domestic destinations within China on a single ticket from Honolulu, according to Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley.

"We also look forward to introducing new customers to our friendly hospitality and the culture, people, and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands," he added.

Air China officials were equally effusive.

"Air China is dedicated to establishing close relationships with airlines worldwide,” Mr. Song Zhiyong, CEO of Air China, said in a news release announcing the agreement. “We believe the codeshare partnership with Hawaiian Airlines will further extend the networks of both companies, bring convenience to passengers from and around China traveling to the Hawaiian Islands and U.S. Mainland, and to Hawaiian passengers traveling to Beijing and beyond."

The airlines signaled that the codeshare agreement could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Future cooperation is expected to include additional codeshare cities in both China and North America. As well, the two airlines are negotiating a reciprocal partnership that will allow their respective frequent flyer members to earn and redeem miles for travel on either carrier.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.

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