Qatar Airways announced codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines starting from January 2020. Subject to regulatory approval, this codeshare agreement is according to the airlines, the first step in the strengthening of cooperation between both airlines since Qatar Airways acquired 5 percent of China Southern Airlines in December 2018.
This agreement will enable China Southern Airlines’ passengers to book travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Guangzhou and Doha and Beijing and Doha allowing one-stop connections to more than 80 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
Qatar Airways first began flying to China in 2003 with a service from Doha to Shanghai. Qatar Airways currently operates 45 weekly flights to seven Greater China gateways: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Hong Kong. In May 2018, Qatar Airways’ award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience debuted in China on the Shanghai route with Beijing receiving Qsuite in December 2018.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In December 2018 when we announced our investment in China Southern Airlines, I noted the significant potential for cooperation between our two prestigious airlines. This codeshare agreement is the natural first step in us working together and leveraging our complementary strengths and resources to bring benefits to customers of both our airlines. Qatar Airways very much looks forward to the opportunity to further deepen our working relationship with this great airline and further enhance the travel opportunities for passengers across the globe.”
China Southern Airlines Senior Vice President of International and Corporate Relations, Mr. Wu Guoxiang said: “We are very pleased to have Qatar Airways as our codeshare partner. As a Skytrax Five-Star airline, Qatar Airways’ high service quality and the massive network are very impressive. Through the efficient Hamad International Airport, with its first-rate service, passengers of China Southern Airlines will be able to enjoy the pleasant service to Doha. We very much look forward to enhancing our cooperation in the future and working together to bring more benefits to our customers.”
Multiple award-winning airlines, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization 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 recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia, and Gaborone, Botswana, to its extensive route network in October 2019 with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.