Caribbean Airlines seeks partnerships with two Chinese airlines

Caribbean Airlines is seeking to establish an agreement with Hainan Airlines which is owned by the HNA Group in China.

The Chairman of Caribbean Airlines, Ronnie Mohammed is currently in China as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s official delegation.

The delegation which is led by the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley met with the Chairman of the HNA Group Co. Ltd., Chen Feng.

The HNA Group owns over 1,200 aircraft and is a major shareholder in international hotel chains.

It is also the largest tour operating company in China.

In a statement, Caribbean Airlines says the HNA Group has been invited to establish code sharing and interline arrangements with Caribbean Airlines, through its many international airline and tourism industry affiliates.

Chairman Mohammed also met with senior officials from Air China, the Vice Chairman, of the Commercial Committee, Rao Xinyu and the Deputy Director Bilateral and Government Affairs, International Affairs and Cooperation, Zhang Baoru.

The meeting explored the possibility of code sharing and interlining opportunities between the two air carriers.

Air China is China's sole flag carrier and a member of the world’s largest airline alliance, the Star Alliance.

On its own, Air China serves 185 destinations in 40 countries/regions, of which 66 are international destinations, including Havana, Cuba and John F. Kennedy, New York, which are destinations serviced by Caribbean Airlines.

Through its partnership with the Star Alliance, Air China’s reach extends to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries. Caribbean Airlines is optimistic that these preliminary discussions will develop into a productive partnership between the two airlines.