(Copied from my blog) American Airlines and China's 4th largest Carrier and ONLY SKYTRAX 5 star airline, Hainan Airlines today announced a new codeshare agreement to expand both of their presences and customer base in the USA and China. Hainan Airlines has been serving the USA via a single point in Seattle, Washington since June 10, 2008 but has yet to expand their presence or developed any codeshares with US carriers. However today that all changed with the new expansion and code share agreement with AA. Under the agreement the following codeshares will be put in place: · Display of AA’s flight numbers (AA*) on Hainan flights between Seattle and Beijing as well as on Hainan flights beyond Beijing to Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming and Urumqi.· Display of Hainan’s flight numbers (HU*) on American flights between Chicago and Beijing and Shanghai, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as on American flights to and from 12 other cities in the U.S.This codeshare is a prized possession for AA as they try to expand their presence in Asia. Currently with no mainland Chinese carriers, both AA and OneWorld is missing out on one of the worlds fastest growing travel market. This may be just a first step AA and OneWorld takes to court a Chinese carrier into their alliance.