Qatar Airways has announced a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines.
Qatar Airways announced that the 1st stage of codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines has begun with the Chinese carrier placing its code on Qatar Airways flights between Guangzhou and Doha.
This codeshare agreement is the 1st step in the strengthening of cooperation between both airlines, since the Doha-based carrier acquired 5% of China Southern Airlines in December 2018. The codeshare flights will allow China Southern Airlines’ passengers to book travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Guangzhou and Doha and onwards to more than 60 destinations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Flights are available for sale with the 1st codeshare flights starting from 27th December,2020.
“We are delighted to begin codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines, providing our passengers seamless connectivity via the Best Airport in the Middle East to more than 60 destinations across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Since Qatar Airways Group’s investment in China Southern Airlines in 2018, our two airlines have worked closely to develop opportunities to enhance the customer experience for our millions of passengers travelling via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. The beginning of codeshare flights is the natural first step and we look forward to further deepening our close relationship with China Southern Airlines in the future.”, said Mr. Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways.
The next stage of the codeshare agreement will see China Southern Airlines also place its code on Qatar Airways flights between Beijing and Doha, once the current restrictions for flights in and out of China are lifted.
“We have great expectations for the partnership between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines. During 2020, our global airline industry has faced unprecedented challenges and we look forward to an early recovery. We believe that bilateral cooperation will be an important element in the process of industry recovery and greatly promote air connectivity among countries and regions. Our collaboration with Qatar Airways is just one of these powerful combinations. Qatar Airways is a Five-Star Airline by SKYTRAX, with award-winning inflight service and innovative products and China Southern is committed to developing world-class service brands that combine ‘affinity and refinement’ to deliver an extraordinary travel experience to all passengers.”, said Mr. Wu Guoxiang, Senior Vice President, Corporate and International Relations, China Southern Airlines.
Qatar Airways’ codeshare agreement with Air Canada just took off a few days ago. The airline has also announced that it will increase the frequency of flights to the Canadian destination of Montreal from mid-January.