Category Archives: China Southern Airlines

Qatar Airways and China Southern expand their codeshare agreement

Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines has signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming a significant expansion of the existing codeshare agreement, and outlining greater benefits and more seamless connections between the two partners.

The comprehensive MoU signed by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and China Southern Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Han Wensheng, builds upon the existing codeshare agreement signed by the airlines in December 2019.

As part of the collaboration, all future flights between China and Qatar will be codeshared, allowing passengers to benefit from seamless connecting flights. The closer cooperation will also provide greater customer benefits, including increased joint lounge access and a soon-to-be confirmed enhanced frequent flyer agreement. In addition, the two airlines agreed to support the growth of Beijing’s Daxing International Airport, into a leading international aviation hub for both passenger and cargo services.

The expanded codeshare agreement is the latest development in Qatar Airways program of strengthening strategic cooperation between key global airlines, which has already seen partnerships with American Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Oman Air and RwandaAir in recent months.

The enhanced cooperation between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines is subject to the lifting of current travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and regulatory approvals.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivaled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination as required.

Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines launch a codeshare

Qatar Airways has announced the first stage of codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines has begun with the Chinese carrier placing its code on Qatar Airways flights between Guangzhou and Doha. Flights are already available for sale with the first codeshare flights starting on December 27, 2020.

This codeshare agreement is the first step in the strengthening of cooperation between both airlines, since Qatar Airways acquired 5 per cent of China Southern Airlines in December 2018. The codeshare flights will enable China Southern Airlines’ passengers to book travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Guangzhou and Doha and onwards to more than 60 destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The next stage of the codeshare agreement will see the Chinese carrier also place its code on Qatar Airways flights between Beijing and Doha, once the current restrictions for flights in and out of China are lifted.

Qatar Airways strategic investment in a variety of fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled it to continue flying throughout this crisis and perfectly positions it to lead the sustainable recovery of international travel. The airline recently took delivery of three new state-of-the-art Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, increasing its total A350 fleet to 52 with an average age of just 2.6 years. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large four-engine aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new program that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 100 destinations and plans to increase to 129 by the end of March 2021.

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British Airways and China Southern Airlines launch joint business

British Airways has signed a joint business agreement with China Southern Airlines, for travel from January 2, 2020.

The agreement will benefit customers of both airlines by opening more destinations between the UK and China, with a greater choice of flights and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. It will allow the airlines to cooperate on scheduling and pricing, providing customers with more flexible flight options and an attractive range of fares.

British Airways customers will be able to travel more easily on a combined route network which will develop over time thanks to both airlines’ move to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport. The joint business will initially see the two airlines code-sharing on all direct flights operated on mainland routes between London and the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sanya, Wuhan and Zhengzhou. This will expand to both airlines’ extensive domestic networks.

Customer benefits will include greater opportunities to collect frequent flyer points, the ability to book through both airlines’ web or app-based platforms, enhanced lounge access and access to high-quality Chinese and British products and services on board and on the ground.

  • British Airways and China Southern Airlines launched a codeshare agreement across ten routes in 2017. In January 2019, the airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the agreement on each other’s networks and implement reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.
  • In October 2019, British Airways was the first international airline to its all operations to Beijing Daxing International Airport, in recognition of its importance in driving travel between China and the UK and its offer of a world-class customer experience.
  • Under the joint business, customers will initially benefit from 31 direct flights a week between London and the six Chinese locations.

China Southern suspends adding any more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

China Southern Airlines will not add any additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (for now). The airline has suspended its remaining order for up to 64 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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China Southern Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

China Southern's first Airbus A350-900, to become B-308T

China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 20 Airbus A350-900s, becoming the newest operator of this latest generation and highly efficient twin-engine, long-range wide-body aircraft. The Guangzhou-based carrier operates an Airbus fleet of 335 aircraft, including 282 A320 Family aircraft, 48 A330 Family aircraft and five A380 aircraft (figures at the end of May 2019).

China Southern’s A350-900 aircraft features a modern and comfortable three-class cabin layout of 314 seats: 28 business, 24 premium economy and 262 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes from Guangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing, followed by flights to international destinations.

At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): China Southern Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZGP (B-308T) (msn 318) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946674.

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Finnair and China Southern launch codeshare cooperation that brings five new destinations for Finnair customers in China

Finnair and China Southern Airlines have agreed on new codeshare partnership starting on  June 1, 2019. The cooperation includes the Finnair route between Guangzhou and Helsinki, and selected China Southern destinations in China.

The new codeshare partnership adds five new destinations to Finnair´s network in China, and customers will be able to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xi´an (XIY).

In addition, China Southern code CZ will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to several popular destinations in Europe: Amsterdam (AMS), Billund (BLL), Copenhagen (CPH), Goteborg (GOT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Riga (RIX) and Stockholm (ARN).

The new codeshare flights can be booked from May 21, 2019 onwards.

Finnair recently moved to the new Terminal 2 in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Terminal 2 is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic. This this move also supports the codeshare collaboration between Finnair and China Southern, who offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.

4 airliners test the new Beijing Daxing International Airport

Four airliners landed today (May 13) at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport during a test of the new facilities.

The new airport is designed to someday become the world’s busiest airport.

Photos from China Southern Airlines. As the first plane of the trial flights, our  Airbus A380 took off from Beijing Capital Airport at 9:03 a.m. and successfully landed at Daxing International Airport half an hour later.

Air China made this announcement with a photo:

May 13 – An Air China  Boeing 747 -8 landed smoothly at Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport, successfully completing its first test flight at the new mega-airport. It’s an important milestone for the airport, which is set to become one of the world’s busiest. PKX , we’re ready for takeoff!

Xiamen Airlines issued this statement and photos on social media:

On May 13, the newly constructed Beijing Daxing International Airport has finished its four verification test flights. Our Boeing 787 United Dream, equipped with our best staff, landed smoothly and safely.

From Wikipedia:

Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA: PKX; ICAO: ZBAD), located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province, is Beijing’s second international airport and is currently under construction.

The name of the airport was announced on September 14, 2018. The terminal building, the second-largest single-building airport terminal after Istanbul Airport, with an area of more than 1,000,000 m2 (11,000,000 sq ft), is expected to be completed on July 15, 2019, and the airport is expected to be open on September 30, 2019.

Upon completion, it will serve as a major international hub airport in Northern China. There will be 4 runways, and approximately 80 aircraft stands, most of which can be configured to handle either one twin-aisle or two single-aisle aircraft. The new airport is expecting a total of 7 runways and another terminal to the south of the current one in the future, in order to accommodate 620,000 flights and 100 million passengers each year.


Air Lease Corporation announces delivery of first of five new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with China Southern Airlines

First visit to LAX

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced the delivery of one new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on a long-term lease to China Southern Airlines today.

Featuring GEnx-1B76A engines, this aircraft is the first of five 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft scheduled to deliver to China Southern Airlines through 2020 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

China Southern has just started operating the 787-9 into Los Angeles on March 31.

Top Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1167 (msn 38796) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946134.

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Boeing delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner to AerCap and China Southern

Boeing's 787th Boeing 787

Boeing has delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.

Since its first delivery in September, 2011, the 787 family has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the airplane’s superior fuel efficiency and range.

The airplane was delivered to AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and 787 customer. Sporting a special logo commemorating the production milestone, the airplane will be leased and operated by China Southern, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.

China Southern Airlines first ordered 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when they placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.

The 787s have enabled the airline to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe; Vancouver, British Columbia, in North America; and Perth, Auckland, and Christchurch in the Oceania region.

About China Southern Airlines

As China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates more than 800 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747 and 737s. The carrier operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2018, 1,457 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Los Angeles, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by China Southern): China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1168 (msn 38797) (787th Boeing 787) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 944679.

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American Airlines and China Southern Airlines to expand partnership

Delivered on January 27, 2017

American Airlines and China Southern Airlines are taking steps to strengthen their partnership with a significant expansion of codeshare cooperation and the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access. The carriers announced the news today at a signing ceremony in Guangzhou, China.

“We are very pleased with the progress we have made so far in our newly formed relationship with the largest airline in Asia,” said Robert Isom, President of American Airlines. “We look forward to building on our successes with a significant expansion of our codeshare cooperation and the addition of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access. With the opening of Beijing Daxing International Airport in 2019, and the ability to cooperate fully with China Southern, we are incredibly excited about American’s future in the Chinese market.”

“We are delighted to see our partnership with American Airlines being further strengthened,” said Zhang Lin, Assistant President of China Southern Air Holding Company Limited. “The advanced cooperation between China Southern and American will help both of us extend networks and meet passenger demands through sharing resources. Our cooperation is market- and passenger-oriented, founded on a win-win relationship. It corresponds to the need for frequent and intimate exchange between China and the U.S. and is in line with our value proposition of customer first. Our partnership with American is an important move in China Southern’s initiative to build new international relationships.”

American and China Southern’s reciprocal codeshare, which launched in January, gives American’s customers better access to interior China and China Southern’s customers better access to the U.S. Pending regulatory approvals, the carriers will expand the codeshare in early 2019 as follows:

American expansion on China Southern:

  • In addition to the 14 cities currently served beyond Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), American will place its AA* code on flights to additional cities from PEK and introduce codeshare service beyond Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
    • From PEK:
      • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)
      • Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (KWE)
      • Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)
      • Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)
      • Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX)
    • From PVG:
      • SYX
      • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
      • Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE)
      • Changsha Huanghua International Airport (CSX)
      • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)
      • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC)
      • Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB)
      • Changchun Longjia International Airport (CGQ)
      • Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO)
  • With this expansion, American will have its AA* code on flights operated by China Southern to 20 cities in China beyond PEK and PVG.

China Southern expansion on American:

  • In addition to the six cities in the U.S. currently served by China Southern on American, China Southern will place its CZ* code on additional flights beyond Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
    • From LAX:
      • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
      • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
      • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
      • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
      • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL)
      • McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS)
      • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
      • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
      • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
      • Portland International Airport (PDX)
      • Denver International Airport (DEN)
      • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
      • Tucson International Airport (TUS)
    • From SFO:
      • LAX
      • JFK
      • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
      • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
      • Miami International Airport (MIA)
      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
    • From JFK:
      • LAX
      • BOS
      • MCO
      • MIA
      • DFW
      • Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU)
      • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
      • Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (PHX)
  • With this expansion, China Southern will have its CZ* code on flights operated by American to 21 cities in the U.S. beyond LAX, SFO and JFK.

Long-haul codeshare

  • American and China Southern will also begin codesharing on each other’s trans-Pacific flights between the U.S. and China.
  • American will place its AA* code on the following China Southern flights:
    • From LAX:
      • CAN
      • SHE (service starts December 2018)
    • From SFO:
      • CAN
      • Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH)
    • From JFK:
      • CAN
  • China Southern will place its CZ* code on the following American flights:
    • From DFW:
      • PEK
      • PVG
    • From LAX:
      • PEK
      • PVG

American and China Southern will also launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits early next year, giving customers the ability to earn and redeem miles on the other carrier’s flights. American Airlines AAdvantage® members will be able to earn and redeem miles throughout China Southern’s network of more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions. China Southern Sky Pearl Club members will have the ability to earn and redeem miles throughout American’s network of 6,700 daily flights to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

Additionally, American and China Southern will begin offering reciprocal lounge access next year. Eligible American Airlines customers will have access to selected China Southern Sky Pearl Lounges throughout Asia and eligible China Southern customers will have access to selected American Airlines lounges around the world.

The new codeshare routes will be available for sale in due course with the first day of travel expected in early 2019. The reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access will also take effect early next year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N825AA (msn 40644) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944588.

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