Shenzhen Airlines have officially joined Star Alliance today.
The airline (which is partially owned by Air China), operates400 flights a day to both domestic China and International destinations.
In terms of network, Star Alliance gains five new destinations:
Looking at the fleet, it’s a narrow-body aircraft operator operating a mixture of:
- 5 Airbus A319’s
- 52 Airbus A320’s
- 4 Boeing 737-700
- 48 Boeing 737-800
- 5 Boeing 737-900
Star Alliance has had a fair bit of fun with China so far, with Air China and Shanghai Airlines initially joining. Shanghai Airlines was subsumed by China Eastern Airlines, forcing an alliance switch to SkyTeam. This brings the airline count for Star Alliance back to two in the China Area.
This is the second Chinese airline that has made a move (sponsored by its bigger owner) this year – Xiamen Airlines joined Skyteam earlier this month (themselves owned by China Southern).