Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, have announced a new codeshare partnership.Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its CZ code on Etihad Airways’ daily
services between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG)/Chengdu (CTU) and Abu Dhabi.
The codeshare partnership, which came into effect on 22 June 2017, will give China Southern guests the opportunity to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and connect onto Etihad’s network of over 100 destinations worldwide.
“China is one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world, and one of the most competitive. By partnering with China Southern Airlines, each airline can use its strengths to benefit the other and offer more choice with enhanced connectivity to all guests, while experiencing the world-class services and products offered by both airlines,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zhang Lin, China Southern Airlines’ senior management on international cooperation noted that ” recent developments such as visas upon arrival will help promote the UAE and Abu Dhabi as unique business and leisure destinations among Chinese travellers. Furthermore, Etihad Airways’ innovative and award-winning products and service will surely meet guests’ high expectations for greater comfort, superior service standards, more choice and convenience.”
He added that through this partnership, “China Southern Airlines will be able to extend its services globally- via Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.”
Both Etihad Airways and China Southern are planning to implement a reciprocal loyalty partnership in the near future to enable the guests to earn and redeem miles on each other’s flights network-wide.