State-owned Air China has joined German flag carrier Lufthansa in an international code-sharing agreement. The deal will enable each airline to offer travellers connections to the other’s routes via a single flight number.

The agreement will take-off on October 29 when new services to Beijing and Shanghai will be launched by the German carrier.

Partnerships of this kind invariably extend to marketing and advertising co-operation and the deal is seen by industry observers as a precursor to offering Air China membership of the 15-member Star Alliance led by Lufthansa and United Airlines of the USA.

News source: Handelsblatt (Germany)