British Airways & China Southern To Launch Joint-Business

British Airways and China Southern Airlines are to launch a joint business in respect of flights between the UK and mainland China.

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British Airways & China Southern
British Airways & China Southern

British Airways and China Southern Airlines have announced plans to launch a joint business in respect of flights between the UK and mainland China.

Currently, BA and China Southern Airlines have a limited codeshare relationship with BA placing its code on China Southern Airlines operated flights from Shanghai when connecting to/from BA operated flights between London and Shanghai. China Southern Airlines also places its code on a number of BA short-haul flights from London Heathrow.

Under the joint-business the two airlines will offer full codesharing on each other’s routes between London and mainland China. They will also offer reciprocal benefits to each other’s frequent flyers.

Currently, BA flies from London Heathrow to Beijing Daxing and Shanghai airports. China Southern Airlines flies from London Heathrow Terminal 4 to Guangzhou, Sanya, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan.

The expanded codeshare relationship will take effect from Thursday 2 January 2020 and flights are on sale from today, Tuesday 17 December 2019. The two airlines are expected to explore further co-operation in 2020.

For BA, this does substantially improve its coverage of mainland China where it has been relatively weak compared to other European network airlines, partly due to the lack of a local alliance partner.

BA does also have a local codeshare relationship with China Eastern Airlines which does not appear to be disturbed by this news.

British Airways Launches Codeshare with Malaysia Airlines

British Airways has launched a new codeshare partnership with its Oneworld alliance partner Malaysia Airlines.

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British Airways and Malaysian Airlines, London Heathrow
British Airways and Malaysian Airlines, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has launched a new codeshare partnership with its Oneworld alliance partner Malaysia Airlines.

Currently, BA flies from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur daily with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft and Malaysia Airlines flies from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur twice daily with Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

BA will now place its code on Malaysia Airlines flights from Kuala Lumpur to the following destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, which are not served by direct BA flights:

Malaysia: Alor Setar, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kuantan, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sibu, Kuala Terengganu, Sandakan, Kota Bharu, Bintulu

Australia: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth

Cambodia: Phnom Penh

Indonesia: Denpasar-Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya

New Zealand: Auckland

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

Note that these can only be booked when connecting to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur. The two airlines will not codeshare on London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur.

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British Airways Extends Loganair Codeshares

British Airways has extended its codeshare relationship with Loganair to include Edinburgh – Bergen & Stavanger.

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Loganair Embraer 135 Aircraft
Loganair Embraer 135 Aircraft (Image Credit: Loganair)

British Airways has a long-running codeshare with Loganair, which for the past two years has operated as an independent airline after previously being a Flybe and BA franchisee.

This has been largely limited to UK domestic flights from Scottish airports to the Highlands and Islands.

However, this has now been extended to two international routes from Edinburgh to Bergen and Stavanger in Norway. These two routes were suspended by BA from London Heathrow in October 2017.

Loganair flies to Bergen three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It flies to Stavanger four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Both routes are operated with Embraer E135 aircraft with 37 seats in a single cabin configuration.

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