China Eastern In Talks To Join Oneworld

March 1, 2007

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China Eastern Airlines, the country's third-largest airline, is in talks with the oneworld airline alliance to be a member carrier, the alliance's managing partner said on Thursday.

The oneworld alliance, led by American Airlines and British Airways, hopes to expand its network in the growing Chinese market by recruiting an airline on the mainland.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways is a member.

"We will continue to look for expanding our network in China, and yes, we are talking with China Eastern at the moment," oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch told a briefing, adding the alliance was also in talks with other carriers.

The chief executives of the oneworld members held a joint briefing in Tokyo on Thursday to mark Japan Airlines' inclusion from April. Royal Jordanian and Hungary's Malev will also join the alliance from April.

Other oneworld members include Finland's Finnair, Spain's Iberia, and Chile's LAN.