China Eastern resumes flagship store on Qunar following Air China’s lead
China Eastern Airlines reopened its flagship store on Qunar on June 14, just one day after a similar move by Air China. The booking aggregator’s current listings also include China Eastern’s code-share flights operated by China Southern Airlines.
China Eastern Airlines restored its flagship store on Qunar on June 14, one day after Air China took the lead to reinstate its flagship store on the OTA platform.
While the Air China airfare offerings on Qunar are limited to those in the carrier’s flagship store, the China Eastern fare offerings also include those grabbed from Qunar’s major shareholder Ctrip.com, in addition to those in the carrier’s flagship store.
China’s largest OTA Ctrip also invested RMB 3 billion in China Eastern's A shares through a private placement and Bloomberg reported that the company acquired 3.55% of China Eastern’s stake from the deal in April 2016.
As China Eastern resumed business with Qunar, Qunar has also added to the listing China Eastern’s code-share flights operated by China Southern Airlines. A standard 3% commission is applicable to carriers cross-selling other carriers’ products.
Screenshot of China Eastern code-share flights listed on Qunar.com
As of 7:00 PM GMT+8 on June 15, 2016, the other major airline companies such as China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have yet to resume their flagship stores or agent content on Qunar.com. (Translated by Jerry)