October 16, 2019 / 9:46 AM / a month ago

Air France KLM and China Eastern enlarge JV with Virgin Atlantic

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Air France is pictured on the first Air France airliner's Airbus A350 as it prepares to take off after a ceremony at the aircraft builder's headquarters in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

PARIS (Reuters) - French airline Air France KLM (AIRF.PA) said on Wednesday plans to enlarge its current joint-venture cooperation with China Eastern (600115.SS) with the addition of Virgin Atlantic.

The planned cooperation between the three airlines is due to enter into force in spring 2020, Air France KLM said in a statement.

“The announcement reaffirms Air France KLM’s commitment to the Chinese market, having already implemented an enlarged scope of cooperation with China Eastern in January this year”, French airline said.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Louise Heavens

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