Strengthened cooperation between Air France and China Southern with the signing of a joint venture agreement

Wednesday 22, September 2010


Strengthened cooperation between Air France and China Southern with the signing of a joint venture agreement


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 Paris-Guangzhou route.


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.


Air France and China Southern will have joint governance of the joint venture. A management committee will be implemented, with five working groups in charge of implementing the joint venture agreements in the fields of network management, revenue management, sales, products and finance. 


Since 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.


China 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 June 2006.



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