American Airlines Begins Strategic Relationship With China Southern Airlines

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American Airlines 757American Airlines has announced it will make a US$200 million equity investment in China Southern Airlines, creating a partnership between two of the world’s biggest carriers. Robert Isom, President of American Airlines commented: “China Southern’s extensive network within China touches developing and thriving markets that only a Chinese carrier can reach and they have a reputation and record of excellence. We are two of the biggest carriers in the world and our networks are highly complementary, with the potential to offer China Southern and American customers an unmatched range of destinations in two critical markets for business and leisure travellers. This investment will allow us to build a relationship that will benefit our teams, the communities we serve and the millions of customers around the globe who travel with us each day.”
China Southern Chairman, Wang Cheng Shun, added: “We’re pleased to begin this relationship to better connect two of the world’s largest aviation markets and leading economies. Our cooperation has the possibility to create enormous benefits for our industry and customers around the world as we work to offer them more travel options and better value.”
China Southern’s primary hub is located in Guangzhou (IATA: CAN) with the majority of its transpacific flights positioned there, while American flies to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from its hubs in Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX).
The two carriers say they expect to begin codeshare and interline agreements later this year.

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