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Juneyao Airlines Jets Into Global Star Alliance

By Huang Rong and Yang Ge
A red Airbus A321 passenger jet of Juneyao Airlines prepares to land at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, on March 3. Photo: IC
A red Airbus A321 passenger jet of Juneyao Airlines prepares to land at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, on March 3. Photo: IC

(Beijing) – Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has joined the global Star Alliance, becoming the first of a new generation of private Chinese carriers to enter one of world’s three major frequent flyer groups as it prepares to launch long-haul flights.

The move also makes Juneyao the first airline admitted under Star’s Connecting Partner program, which opens the alliance to smaller, and low-cost regional carriers. It also comes just three months after Juneyao announced its first purchase of long-haul planes, with plans to buy five Boeing 878 Dreamliners and the option for five more.

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