Airlines for America (A4A) and the Chinese Air Transport Association (CATA) formally agreed Monday to work together to promote air travel and tourism between the U.S. and China.
The memorandum of understanding, signed by A4A CEO Nick Calio and CATA Chairman Li Jun, “creates a platform for A4A and CATA to further engage on issues impacting their member airlines and the global aviation community, including market access for U.S. carriers,” A4A said.
U.S. carriers Delta, Southwest, United and American as well as China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China are among the 10 largest airlines by passengers carried in the world, according to IATA.
A4A represents most major U.S. carriers, though Spirit, Frontier, Virgin America and most notably, Delta, are not members. The organization said that Monday’s agreement formalizes its longstanding relationship with CATA.