Shanghai Airlines to join China Eastern in SkyTeam

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China's Shanghai Airlines has confirmed that it will join the SkyTeam alliance following the move to SkyTeam by its merger partner China Eastern Airlines.

Shanghai Airlines had been a member of Star Alliance but formally withdrew at the end of October following China Eastern's selection of SkyTeam as its preferred airline group.

While Shanghai Airlines did not, at the time, state that it would switch to SkyTeam, the alliance has disclosed today that both carriers will join in 2011.

"The addition of the combined networks of China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines gives new opportunities for SkyTeam customers to access cities in all regions of China using Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao airports," says SkyTeam managing director Marie-Joseph Male.

China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines will bring another 32 destinations to the alliance's network and bring to four the number of SkyTeam carriers in the Greater China region.