British Airways has signed a joint business
agreement with China Southern Airlines.
The joint business will initially see the
two airlines codesharing on 31 direct flights a week between London and the Chinese cities of Beijing,
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sanya, Wuhan and Zhengzhou. This will expand
to both airlines' extensive domestic networks.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO,
said, “We are delighted to announce this joint business which will
bring the UK and China closer together by providing British
Airways and China Southern Airlines customers with a wide range of
benefits. The agreement reinforces our commitment to boost tourism
and business travel between the two countries and we look forward
to strengthening the relationship further.”
Customer benefits will include greater
opportunities to collect frequent flyer points, the ability to
book through both airlines’ web or app-based platforms, enhanced
lounge access and access to high-quality Chinese and British
products and services on board and on the ground.
Seats are now on sale for travel beginning
2 January 2020.
China Southern Airlines,