Finnair and Shanghai-based Juneyao Air will enter into a joint business partnership on 1 July 2021.
The two carriers will cooperate commercially on flights between Helsinki and Shanghai as well points beyond, in China and Europe.
Finnair and Juneyao Air started a codeshare cooperation in July 2019, when Juneyao Air launched its Shanghai-Helsinki route.
The joint business further deepens the partnership, providing corporate and leisure customers with more flexible routing options, attractive fares and enhanced benefits for frequent flyer members.
Finnair’s and Juneyao’s customers will benefit from more consistent customer-focused policies, for example with baggage allowances, integrated customer care and enhanced frequent flyer award point accrual across the two airlines.
Finnair customers will also benefit from improved connectivity to a network of 57 destinations in China from Juneyao’s Shanghai Pudong hub. Juneyao customers will enjoy better access to Finnair’s extensive network of 65 European destinations via its Helsinki hub.
Finnair and Juneyao Air currently operate two flights per week between Helsinki and Shanghai and look forward to increasing frequencies as soon as the pandemic situation allows. In 2019, Finnair and Juneyao Air both operated daily flights between Helsinki and Shanghai.
Topi Manner, Finnair Chief Executive Officer, said: “Finnair is all about offering the best connections between Europe and Asia.
“This is a true win-win partnership, which will enable Finnair and Juneyao customers to enjoy vastly improved access to our joint network.
“It is also testament to Finnair’s steadfast commitment to China as a strategic market.
“We look forward to working closely with our friends at Juneyao, to build an even stronger bridge between China and Europe through our Shanghai and Helsinki hubs.”
Zhao Hongliang, Juneyao Air Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are honoured to formalise this strategic partnership with Finnair to offer our customers a wider range of products and quality services, provide more flexible flight choices, and seamless travel experiences.
“The joint business with Finnair will allow Juneyao Air to further strengthen its market in Europe, which is an important strategy in our global expansion.
“It significantly increases Juneyao Air’s presence in the aviation market and is set to become a ‘high-value carrier’.”
Juneyao Air launched its route from Shanghai to Helsinki in July 2019, and since then both Finnair and Juneyao have been codesharing on each other’s Helsinki-Shanghai services – as well as on selected connecting flights from Helsinki to Europe and from Shanghai to other destinations in China.