Category Archives: China Southern Airlines

China Southern to leave the SkyTeam alliance

China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B WL B-5640 (msn 38918) (SkyTeam) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 944381.

China Southern Airlines will leave the SkyTeam alliance on January 1, 2019.

SkyTeam issued this statement:

China Southern Airlines has decided not to renew its contract with SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, as of 1 January 2019.

China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic development, the changing trends of the global aviation industry and the evolution of alliances.

SkyTeam and China Southern have agreed to work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for all customers and partners. That process will run throughout 2019 and will complete by the year-end.

Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO, “Network has always been the foundation of SkyTeam. Our new value proposition retains that strong integrated network and combines it with our continued focus on improving customer experience through technology. China Southern has been a valued member of SkyTeam. We respect its decision and wish it well.”

Top Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B WL B-5640 (msn 38918) (SkyTeam) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 944381.

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AerCap takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX for China Southern

AerCap Holdings N.V. has today announced that it has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The aircraft will be leased to China Southern Airlines, the first of 5 aircraft to go on lease to the airline from AerCap’s 737 MAX order book with Boeing.

AerCap has a total of 104 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft owned and on order, delivering through 2022.

AerCap and China Southern Airlines have recorded several firsts in recent years. In March 2018, AerCap made history when it delivered China Southern Airlines’ first A321neo, making the airline the first operator of the aircraft type in China. In 2016, AerCap delivered the first Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo into China, to China Southern Airlines.

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Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines now form a single joint venture

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have today announced in Amsterdam the merger of their existing joint venture agreements. The aim is to create even stronger links between the partners and offer customers smoother, seamless travel solutions.

By connecting the four airlines’ networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinationsconnecting Europe (Paris and Amsterdam) to China (Beijing*, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen). Transfer and connection times are also optimized.

It has been a good week for France.

Air France-KLM customers can also earn Flying Blue Miles on all flights operated within this joint venture formed by the four airlines.

This extended joint venture marks an important step for Air France-KLM. Moreover, it contributes tostrengthening the two airlines’ position on the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow. Everyyear, the four airlines – Air France, KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines – carry some 1,250,000 passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes.

Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, stated: “In 2016 we celebrated 10 years joint venture between KLM and China Southern, today we merge the existing two joint ventures into one. I’m proud of this joint venture because it serves to further intensify Air France-KLM’s interests in China. Joining forces offers ourcustomers an extensive, seamless network within China and Europe.”

Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Air France-KLM added: “We are proud to pursue our cooperation with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines by combining the existing joint-ventures. Our single joint venture will at the same time preserve the benefits our customers enjoy and safeguard Air France-KLM’s position in China.”

Beyond the joint venture, the airlines closely cooperate in other areas, notably in airport handling, catering and aircraft maintenance services. For example, Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance carries outengine maintenance for Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787 fleet. More closely-integrated partnerships are also being discussed in other areas, such as aircraft maintenance, or cargo operations.

A global joint venture between Europe and China

Since 2006, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines have been operating a joint venture on the Amsterdam-Beijing service.

In 2015, Xiamen Airlines joined this joint venture on the Amsterdam-Xiamen route. In 2010, France formed a partnership with China Southern Airlines to also create a joint venture on the Paris-Guangzhou route. These agreements are currently combined to form a single joint venture between Europe and China.

Below: Xiamen Air is now the last passenger operator of the Boeing 757-200 in China. The 757s will soon be retired.

China Southern Airlines retires the last Boeing 777-200

Type Retired: May 20, 2018, flight CZ6902 Beijing - Urumchi with B-2051

China Southern Airlines has retired its last Boeing 777-200.

According to Aeronautics Aviation News and Media, the last revenue flight was operated on May 20, 2018 with the pictured B-2051 on flight CZ6902 between Beijing and Urumchi.

Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-21B B-2051 (msn 27357) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942219.

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China Southern to retire its last Boeing 757-200

Type Retired: December 23, 2017

China Southern Airlines on December 23, 2017 will operate its last scheduled Boeing 757-200 revenue flight. The type is being traded into Boeing for newer aircraft.

According to Airline Route, the last flight will be on December 23, 2017 as flight CZ 6008 from Islamabad and Urumqi.

China Southern added its first Boeing 757-200 in 1991.

Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 757-28S B-2859 (msn 29217) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 904415.

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British Airways signs a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines

British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIE (msn 27487) LHR (SPA). Image: 936781.

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways customers are set to gain access to even more Chinese cities thanks to a new codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines.

As part of the new agreement, customers can book seats on China Southern Airlines flights to four destinations in China – Shenyang, Harbin, Changchun and Dalian.

British Airways customers will be able to connect on to Shenyang and Harbin through Shanghai, connect on to Dalian through Beijing, and connect on to Changchun through either Shanghai or Beijing. British Airways offers 10 weekly flights to Shanghai and seven to Beijing, from London Heathrow.

As part of the agreement, China Southern Airlines customers will be able to book seats on British Airways flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast, connecting on to these destinations through London Heathrow.

China Southern Airlines operates the largest fleet, most developed route network and largest passenger capacity of any airline in The People’s Republic of China, devoted to providing a comfortable travel service. China Southern Airlines has formed an extensive network both throughout China and globally with Guangzhou, Beijing, Urumqi hubs.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIE (msn 27487) LHR (SPA). Image: 936781.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2787 (msn 34931) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 935073.

China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2787 (msn 34931) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 935073.

China Southern takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1206 (msn 63245) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939951.

China Southern Airlines on November 28, 2017 received from Boeing its first 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured B-1206 departed for China.

Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1206 (msn 63245) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939951.