Moving one step closer to official alliance membership, the addition of China Southern to SkyTeam will expand service offerings for all involved. In addition to expanded coverage in China, SkyTeam members will add a well-positioned, modern hub, at Guangzhou to the alliance network.
China Southern operates in China with more than 600 routes and a fleet of 259 aircraft. It serves a number of international destinations that match up with SkyTeam member destinations, including Dalian and Changsha in China and Melbourne in Australia.
Working since 2004, when it signed an initial agreement, China Southern has established relationships for cargo and passenger handling with five of SkyTeam’s ten members – Air France, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. The remaining membes are Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Alitalia, Continental Airlines and Czech Airlines.