China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines joins SkyTeam

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China Eastern Airlines and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines have formally become members of the SkyTeam Alliance.

The addition of the Shanghai-based airlines gives SkyTeam 10% more daily departures to and from the Greater China region, says SkyTeam.

Guangzhou-based China Southern is already a member, while Taiwan's China Airlines is expected to join later this year.

China Eastern is the 14th airline to join SkyTeam, with the alliance expecting to have 19 members by 2012.