Posted on: 19 January 2016 by Mark Howells
Four low-fare airlines – HK Express, Lucky Air, Urumqi Air and West Air – have come together to create U-FLY, the world’s first alliance of LFAs.
The U-FLY Alliance will offer a network of 85 destinations with 168 city pair options in the Asia-Pacific region through a new website, www.uflyalliance.com, where passengers can obtain first-hand promotional information and up-to-date route information.
Passenger numbers across U-FLY’s four airlines currently stand at 17.1m. Combined, the alliance has a fleet of 67 aircraft, but its projected fleet plans suggest this number will grow to 200 by 2020.
These ambitious growth plans are underpinned by statistics which state 200m people alone live within 2 hours of ground transportation time from one of U-FLY's seven home bases. Furthermore, the combined population of the countries served by U-FLY is 1.75 billion; 23% of the world population of 7.5 billion.
U-FLY claims procedures to facilitate the streamlined transfer of passengers between the airlines will be put in place in due course.
“With the launch of the first low-cost carrier alliance in the world, we are entering into a new era of travel that speaks to what travellers really want: flexible and affordable routes that are also safe and secure,” declared Andrew Cowen, CEO of U-FLY Alliance. “Thanks to the cooperation from the innovative low-fare airlines, we are able to connect travellers from Asia and Greater China to an ever-increasing network of cities.”