China Southern and Air France have signed a joint
venture agreement which will come into effect on 1 November 2010 and allow for
the code sharing of each other’s services on the Paris Guangzhou route
The full media release from China Southern Airlines
can be read below:
STRENGTHENED COOPERATION BETWEEN AIR FRANCE AND CHINA
SOUTHERN WITH THE SIGNING OF A JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT
Paris- September 21, 2010- Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of the AIR FRANCE KLM
Group and Tan Wan Geng, President and Chief Executive Officer of China Southern, today signed
a joint venture agreement at Paris-Charles de Gaulle which will come into
effect on 1 November 2010 and which is based on sharing revenues on the
As a reminder, all Air France and China Southern
flights between Paris and Guangzhou are operated on a code-share basis.
Customers of both airlines therefore benefit from a wider choice of departure
times and more frequencies. Several other connecting destinations beyond these
two cities will gradually be introduced on a code-share basis within the
framework of this joint venture.
“This joint venture agreement strengthens
the links which already exist between Air France and China Southern, who are
also partners within the SkyTeam alliance. It consolidates our position in one
of the most buoyant regions of the world and enables us to offer our customers
improved service whilst maintaining costs. In this way, the Air France-KLM
group is confirming its rank as European airline leader to China”, declared Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.
“By joining forces, China
Southern – China’s leading airline and Air France – a European major – are
entering a new phase of cooperation. The joint venture will enable both
airlines to improve their competitiveness on a very buoyant market”, added Tan Wan Geng.
2004, Air France and China Southern have been operating code-share flights
between Paris and Guangzhou thanks to an agreement signed in 2003. On this
route, China Southern today uses its CZ code on Air France’s three weekly
flights and Air France uses its code on China Southern’s four weekly flights,
thus offering 7 code-share flights by Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A340.
Southern has also been operating a daily flight by Boeing 777-200, between
Guangzhou and Amsterdam since 2001 on which KLM codeshares. KLM also operates a
joint-venture with China Southern Airlines between Amsterdam and Beijing since