Airlines Emirates and China Southern Airlines announce codeshare agreement

Emirates and China Southern Airlines have stated, that the carriers have agreed on establishing a joint codeshare partnership

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Emirates and China Southern Airlines. The carriers have agreed on a codeshare agreement and hope to progress with the negotiations as fast as possible. However, the agreement is still subject to government approvals.

With the codeshare agreement, both airlines hope to open up new destinations for passengers that are travelling between the Middle East and Africa and China. The partnership allows Emirates passengers to experience seamless connections on domestic flights within China. This adds eight new destinations to the carrier´s global network.

Included by the codeshare agreement are cities like Fuzhou, Chongqing, Kunming, Qingdao, Xiamen, Chengdu, Nanjing and Xi 'an.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation & Aeropolitical Affairs said: “We’re pleased to establish a partnership with China Southern Airlines, allowing Emirates’ customers to benefit from increased choice, flexibility and ease of connection to different cities across China’s provinces, by connecting in Guangzhou. The addition of the eight domestic routes in the initial stage expands our reach in China, beyond the three Chinese hub cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.”

On the other hand, China Southern passengers travelling from China will have more choice to connect seamlessly when flying to Middle East destinations from Emirates like Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Muscat, Kuwait and Cairo. In addition, the agreement also includes flights to destinations like the Seychelles and Lagos.

“Strengthening cooperation is the long-term strategy of China Southern,” said Han Wensheng, Chief Operating Officer of China Southern Air Holding Company. “Emirates is our first bi-directional partner in the Middle East, and we are very pleased to enter into a codeshare partnership with Emirates.”

Emirates currently operates the Dubai-Beijing and Shanghai routes two times daily. In addition, one daily flight to Guangzhou is being operated by the A380. Altogether, the carrier hopes that customers will be able to enjoy connectivity to over 160 destinations in the Asia Pacific, once the agreement has been approved.

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