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China Southern and American Airlines expand partnership

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November 30th 2018

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Following last week’s announcement that China Southern Airlines would not renew its SkyTeam membership, Asia’s largest carrier this week said it would deepen its partnership with oneworld member and investor, American Airlines. Read More »

In 2019, China Southern and American will significantly expand their codeshare cooperation and launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access.

Specifically, China Southern will now codeshare on 21 American routes beyond Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, while American will now codeshare on 20 China Southern routes beyond Beijing and Shanghai.

Perhaps more importantly, the two airlines will also begin codesharing on their respective trans-Pacific services. China Southern will add its ‘CZ’ designator on American flights from Dallas and Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai. In the interim, American will place its ‘AA’ code on China Southern services from JFK, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Guangzhou, as well as Los Angeles-Shenyang and San Francisco-Wuhan.

“We are very pleased with the progress we have made so far in our newly formed relationship with the largest airline in Asia,” said American president, Robert Isom. “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,” Isom added.

“We are delighted to see our partnership with American Airlines being further strengthened,” said China Southern Air Holding Company Ltd. assistant president, Zhang Lin. “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,” the China Southern official added.

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