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