Qatar Airways has formed a new codeshare alliance with China Southern Airlines, effective as of January 2020.
Since Qatar Airways’ five per cent acquisition of China Southern Airlines in December last year, the Qatari carrier has been working to strengthen cooperation. This new codeshare will enable China Southern Airlines’ passengers to book travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Guangzhou and Doha and Beijing and Doha, allowing for one stop connections to more than 80 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Qatar Airways began operating to China in 2003 with a service from Doha to Shanghai. The airline now operates 45 weekly services to seven Greater China gateways, including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. In May 2018, Qatar Airways’ Qsuite Business Class experience debuted in China on the Shanghai route, with Beijing receiving the Qsuite in December 2018.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker commented: “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.”
Also remarking on the news was senior vice president of international and corporate relations, China Southern Airlines, Wu Guoxiang: “We are very pleased to have Qatar Airways as our codeshare partner. As a Skytrax Five-Star airline, Qatar Airways’ high service quality and massive network is 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.”