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WestJet, China Eastern Airlines ink code share deal

June 22, 2012, Calgary - WestJet said Thursday it has signed a code-share agreement with China Eastern Airlines, one of the largest airlines in China.


June 22, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The airline said tickets were available immediately for flights starting on July 1.

Code share agreements allow travellers to more easily transfer from one airline's network to the other's.

"China Eastern is a high-quality airline and this code-share is an important step in our strategy to welcome on board new guests from around the world,'' said John MacLeod, WestJet's vice-president of network management and alliances.

In addition to China Eastern Airlines, WestJet has code-share agreements with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM and Korean Air.

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WestJet currently has only Boeing 737s in its fleet, which limits how far its planes can fly, and relies on code-share and interline agreements to draw in international travellers.