Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern are thrilled to announce a new codeshare agreement, which strengthens vital business and leisure connections to East Asia and expands access to more destinations throughout China.
The first phase of the agreement will enable Virgin Atlantic customers to connect seamlessly from the airline’s Heathrow to Shanghai services to other destinations in China on a single ticket, including Chengdu, Changsha, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Xi’an. These destinations’ flights are currently on sale.
Subject to government approval, China Eastern customers will soon be able to connect through Heathrow to Caribbean and African destinations such as Jamaica, Nassau, Lagos, Cape Town, and Johannesburg.
Virgin Atlantic joined the SkyTeam alliance last year, and China Eastern is one of its fellow members. The two airlines have had a convenient co-location at Shanghai Pudong Terminal One since November. Members of China Eastern Miles and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold and Silver can benefit from SkyPriority services here, such as priority check-in, boarding, and additional baggage.
Members of Flying Club can now earn Virgin Points and Tier Points on every codeshare flight with China Eastern, which expedites the process of reaching rewards. It is anticipated that the ability to spend Virgin Points will arrive soon.