The carriers aim to expand their codeshare network
The UAE’s Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines are set to expand cooperation opportunities following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide passengers with more travel options.
The new MOU provides scope for expansion of the current codeshare co-operation and allows the partners to extend their existing global flight networks beyond the two carriers’ hubs, providing passengers with a more convenient travel experience.
There are also plans for mutual procurement opportunities across ground handling, cargo handling, bonded warehousing, catering, maintenance, repair and overhaul in either Guangzhou, Beijing or Abu Dhabi, broadening cooperation opportunities in the airline supply chain.
Etihad Airways chief revenue officer Arik De said: “Etihad looks forward to working with China Southern Airlines to explore comprehensive and pragmatic ways in which the two carriers can work more closely together to drive greater value through our unique strengths at Beijing Daxing International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and further extend the reach of our joint network.”
China Southern Airlines deputy director general, Commercial Steering Committee Zhang Dongsheng added: “China Southern Airlines and Etihad have maintained a good partnership throughout the pandemic and will continue to deepen cooperation and explore more possibilities in the future.
"We look forward to working with Etihad to build a new model of cooperation, to work side by side, to connect business and procurement opportunities, to engage in dialogue, and embrace the future in an innovative way.”
Etihad launched services to China Southern’s home hub at Guangzhou Baiyuan in October 2022.
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