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China Southern Airlines and Finnair launch codeshare cooperation that expand CZ’s network to the Nordic

China Southern Airlines and Finnair have agreed on new codeshare partnership starting on 01 June, 2019. The cooperation includes the Finnair route between Guangzhou and Helsinki, and selected Finnair destinations in Europe.The new codeshare partnership adds five new destination to China Southern Airlines’s network in Europe, and customers will be able to connect with Finnair from Helsinki to Amsterdam (AMS), Billund (BLL), Copenhagen (CPH), Goteborg (GOT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Riga (RIX) and Stockholm (ARN).

In addition, Finnair code AY will be added to China Southern Airlines’s flights from Guangzhou to several popular destinations in China: Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xian (XIY).

The new codeshare flights can be booked from 21 May, 2019 onwards.

Finnair recently moved to the new Terminal 2 in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport.Terminal 2 is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic, and this move also supports the codeshare collaboration between Finnair and China Southern Airlines, who offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.  

“We are very honored to establish the partnership with Finnair, one of the world's leading airlines with extensive network and high level of service. Through cooperation we will further expand our network to the Nordic. Finland is a popular tourist and business destinations, we are very glad to provide opportunity for travelers from all over the world to visit Helsinki more easily”, says Mr WU Guoxiang, Senior Vice President of International and Corporate Relations at China Southern. “Passengers can enjoy a convenient and smooth transfer process, with through check-in, seamless connectivity and other ground handling services. We will continue to work closely with our codeshare partners to provide seamless travel experience for passengers constantly.”

“We´re very excited about this first step of our partnership with China Southern. This codeshare opens up new destinations in China for our customers on the Helsinki-Guangzhou route, which we just extended to year-round operations. China is among our top markets globally, and we are delighted to be able to offer more destinations to our customers from Guangzhou onwards”, says Mr Christian Lesjak, Senior Vice President, Network and resource management at Finnair. “During this summer, we operate up to 42 weekly flights between Greater China and Helsinki, including four flights to Guangzhou.”

Over the years, China Southern Airlines has vigorously promoted the internationalization strategy, actively participated in the pattern of the world's economic opening and cooperation, expanded the global network to meet international standards to build partnerships, and greatly improved the company's international brand image and service capacity.As China’s largest carrier with over 800 aircraft and more than 100,000 employees around the globe, China Southern Airlines ranks 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world with regards to fleet size and maintains the highest safety record in China. China Southern Airlines has formed an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs, covering all of China, radiating throughout Asia and linking Europe, America, Oceania & Africa, building an international network-oriented airline. China Southern Airlines operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions. China Southern Airlines has been awarded as Skytrax 4 star airline, with continues efforts to provide passengers seamless and attentive travel experience.

In the future,China Southern Airlines will focus on the company's development strategy, adhere to the market and passenger-oriented purposes, establish mutually beneficial cooperative relationship with partners, so as to create greater value for passengers

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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than thirteen million passengers annually. Finnair's extensive network connects 20 cities in Asia and 8 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past nine years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.