Doha: Yesterday, China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their codeshare agreement.
H E Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, and Han Wensheng, CEO of China Southern Airlines, signed the MoU. The agreement builds upon the existing codeshare agreement between the two airlines. The collaboration will allow for seamless connections between China and Qatar on all future flights.
“As the largest airline in China, the strategic cooperation between China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways will provide global passengers with expanded travel options and an exceptional travel experience. Our collaboration will also lay a solid foundation for the development of Beijing Daxing International Airport into a global aviation hub,” said Han Wensheng, China Southern Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to increased customer benefits, closer cooperation will lead to enhanced frequent flyer agreements and increased joint lounge access. Beijing’s Daxing International Airport, a leading international hub for both passenger and cargo services, will also be supported by the two airlines.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “This is the latest chapter in the story of our airline’s continued journey to provide an enhanced and seamless customer experience for passengers travelling via our two hubs of Hamad International Airport, the newly opened Beijing Daxing International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
“We look forward to further deepening our close relationship with China Southern Airlines and exploring even broader opportunities for collaboration in the years to come. Passengers can travel with confidence knowing that Qatar Airways is committed to safety, and our 5-stars COVID-19 safety rating is a testament to our efforts to remain the leading global airline for biosafety.”
Qatar Airways’ plan to strengthen strategic cooperation between key global airlines through an expanded codeshare agreement is the latest development in this effort. In recent months, American Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Oman Air and RwandaAir have all joined this programme.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and regulatory approvals, both are subject to lifting the current travel restrictions. Currently, Qatar Airways flies to over 140 destinations in its network, which is still being built. Passengers can easily change their travel dates or destination with Qatar Airways because more frequencies are being added to key hubs.