NWA, Air China share codes

BEIJING -- Northwest Airlines and Air China began code-share service linking Northwest's hub in Memphis with Beijing and Shanghai.

Air China flies nonstop to Beijing and Shanghai from Los Angels and San Francisco, and the agreement allows Northwest passengers in 17 U.S. cities to fly from Memphis to either San Francisco or Los Angeles and on to Beijing and Shanghai with all luggage checked and boarding passes assigned in Memphis.

In addition, the agreement allows passengers from China to fly on one ticket to Memphis and on to any of 17 connecting cities. Those cities are: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New York (LaGuardia); Newark; Orlando; Philadelphia; St. Louis; San Francisco, and Washington.

"Northwest's partnership with Air China will provide seamless transpacific connections for our Memphis customers," said Douglas Birdsall, Northwest senior vice president-alliances. "As our alliance with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines provides within Europe, this partnership will provide greater access to Asia for passengers from Memphis and throughout the U.S," he said.

"Memphis provides a geographically central point of entry for our passengers, plus one of the most efficient hub airports in the world," said Zhang Kaijian, Air China's deputy chief economist.

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