Airlines China Southern Airlines to leave SkyTeam
China Southern Airlines has announced to leave the global airline alliance SkyTeam.
China Southern Airlines signed an MoU with SkyTeam in 2004. Three years later, the carrier was officially welcomed as the 11th member of the alliance becoming the first mainland Chinese airline to join a global airline alliance. Now, the Guangzhou-based airline announced it will leave the alliance on 31.12.2018. The subsidiary Xiamen Airlines will remain in SkyTeam.
Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO, stated on its website: “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.”
Last year, American Airlines acquired a minority stake in China Southern Airlines. As American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld alliance, it is now suspected that China Southern Airlines could also join the alliance.
The alliance SkyTeam was founded in 2000 and has 20 full members, including China Southern Airlines. With Xiamen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, three Chinese carrier will remain in the alliance.
China Southern Airlines operates over 580 aircraft from its hubs in Beijing and Guangzhou as well as several smaller hubs across China.
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