09/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2019 05:49
On September 16th, China Southern Airlines(CZ) officially signed a code-share agreement with Qatar Airways(QR), effective from 15th January 2020 subject to governmental approval. As the first step to strengthen the cooperation between the two airlines, this code-share agreement will further improve China Southern's network in the Middle-East market and provide more diversified choices for passengers travelling with China Southern.
Moreover, this agreement will enable China Southern passengers to book the flights on Qatar Airways between Doha and Guangzhou/Beijing and further connect to more than 80 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa via Doha.
Together with Qatar Airways, China Southern Airlines will better develop'dual-hub'strategy in Guangzhou and Beijing, and further improve the network in Middle-East region.
By working together, China Southern and Qatar Airways will explore more opportunities to improve the transfer experience and service standards, so as to better serve the customers.
About China Southern Airlines
With headquarters based in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines possesses the largest fleet and the most developed route network, and offers the largest passenger capacity among any airline in the People's Republic of China.
China Southern transported 140 million passengers in 2018. Currently, China Southern Airlines operates more than 840 passenger and cargo transport aircraft, including Boeing B787, B777, B747 and B737, as well as Airbus A380, A330, A321, A320, and A319. The airline's fleet ranks 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world (Data source: IATA, in terms of fleet size) . China Southern operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.
In 2011, China Southern Airlines earned its Four-Star status from SKYTRAX, the world's most prestigious airline performance evaluation organization. In 2016, China Southern was listed among the Top 500 corporations in China by FORTUNE China with the highest ranking among companies in the transportation industry.
In 2017, China Southern was named among the most valuable airline brands by Brand Finance, a famous international consultancy, ranking 1st in China and 6th globally.
In 2018, China Southern won the'World's Most Improved Airline' by SKYTRAX.
On June 15th 2018, China Southern Airlines was honored with the 2-Star Flight Safety Diamond Award by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as the leading Chinese carrier to maintain the highest safety records in China.
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, established in 22th November, 1993, began its commercial flight on January 20, 1994. It is controlled by some members of Qatar's Royal family. Qatar Airways is one of the youngest global airlines and the fast growing airlines in the world. In 2013, Qatar Airways join One-World. Currently, it operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Airline' by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class' and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted 'Skytrax Airline of the Year' title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.