Please baby, please.

I have been a United Airlines Mileage Plus member since I kicked off my legal career with Chicago (United’s hub) mega law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, and I am addicted to miles.

So it is with great joy that I pass on today’s news that Shanghai Airlines will be joining the Star Alliance mileage network.  The Star Alliance presently consists of United Airlines, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International,  US Airways (America West),  and Varig (Brazil).  Rumours have been “flying” about Air India, and Qatar Airways also possibly joining the Star Alliance fold.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the “three main global airline alliances are scrambling to line up members in China, where there has been a boom in air travel.”  The SkyTeam alliance (Air France, Aeroflot, KLM, AeroMexico, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Czech Airlines, Northwest Airlines (NWA), and Korean Air), already has inked a deal to have China Southern in its fold, while the Oneworld Alliance (American Airlines, , Iberia, LAN (Chile), Qantas, Finnair, has also been wooing Air China, in which Cathay Pacific has a 10% stake.  The WSJ says that if Air China joins the Star Alliance, China Eastern Airlines would likely become Oneworld’s new target.

Fly me.

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog ( Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.

  • great news! thanks for posting that, i was wondering when the big air mile groups would sign up the chinese airlines.
    unfortunately, i fly china southern a lot (not by choice, they just have a lot of flights to where i go) it’s too bad they’re not signing with star alliance, which i’m a member of..