Virgin Atlantic, China Eastern announce new codeshare agreement

- A Monitor Report Date: 17 February, 2024

Shanghai : Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern announced a new codeshare agreement, strengthening business and leisure connections to East Asia and providing greater access to more destinations throughout China.

The first phase of the agreement will allow customers booking through Virgin Atlantic to connect seamlessly from the airline's Heathrow to Shanghai services to other destinations in China on one ticket, including Chengdu, Changsha, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Xi'an. Flights are on sale now for these destinations.

China Eastern customers will also, subject to government approval, soon have the opportunity to connect via Heathrow onto Caribbean and African destinations, including Jamaica, Nassau, Lagos, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

China Eastern is a fellow member of the SkyTeam alliance, which Virgin Atlantic joined in 2023.  Since November 2023, the two airlines have been conveniently co-located at Shanghai Pudong Terminal One. Here, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold and Silver members and China Eastern Miles members can take advantage of SkyPriority services, including priority check in, boarding and extra baggage.

The expanded codeshare also allows Flying Club members to reach their rewards faster, with opportunities to earn Virgin Points and Tier Points on every codeshare flight with China Eastern.  The option to spend Virgin Points is expected to follow shortly.

Virgin Atlantic resumed its services to Shanghai on May 1, 2023, following the global pandemic.  China remains one of the most important trading partners to the UK and as the country's largest city, Shanghai is a world renowned commercial and financial hub.

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