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Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines Sign a Memorandum of Understanding, Strengthen Airline Partnership

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines have announced the next phase of their comprehensive partnership – which includes a codeshare agreement – with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance travel options and convenience for passengers. The MoU outlines a framework for the two airlines to boost their market presence and collaboration in the areas of cargo and frequent flyer programmes.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer and China Southern Airlines President and CEO, Mr. Han Wensheng signed the MoU on behalf of their airlines.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “As part of our robust partnership with China Southern Airlines, Qatar Airways is building on the success of the new route from Doha to Guangzhou, which was launched in April this year, to offer more choice to both airline passengers. It is a proud milestone for us to serve the prominent Chinese market in collaboration with our key partner, and look forward to extending our award-winning offerings to travellers flying through China.”


President and CEO of China Southern Air Holding Company Limited, Mr. Han Wensheng said: “China Southern Airlines launched a direct route from Guangzhou to Doha in April, which has strongly promoted the connectivity between China and countries and regions along the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. In the future, China Southern Airlines will deepen cooperation with Qatar Airways, strengthen complementary advantages, and work together to bring more comfortable and convenient travel experiences to our passengers.”


Qatar Airways and China Southern will further collaborate to provide their respective Privilege Club and Sky Pearl Club members’ frequent flyer benefits. These include collecting and spending Avios/Miles on both Qatar Airways and China Southern flights, as well as tier benefits in the form of lounge access and other airport offerings.


Additional information is available on: www.qatarairways.com


About China Southern Airlines


Headquartered in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China Southern Airlines is China’s largest carrier in terms of route network coverage and annual passenger traffic.


The Carrier has been devoted to developing its comprehensive international air hubs in Guangzhou and Beijing. In Guangzhou, sustained efforts have been made for building the Canton Route, which aims to turn the city into a major gateway that connects the Chinese mainland with Oceania and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, as the largest hub carrier in Beijing Daxing International Airport, China Southern Airlines operates Asia’s longest-span hangar, the largest operation control center and air catering facility.


Dedicated to the service philosophy of "Affinity and Refinement", China Southern Airlines spares no efforts in providing humanized, digitalized, refined, personalized and convenient travel experience to all passengers, and was awarded the "Best Airline in China" by SKYTRAX in 2022 and received the "Five-Star Diamond Award" from the World Brand Lab in 2023. It has been rated the top brand in air transportation service industry by China Brand Power Index for 13 years and Best Airline by CAPSE for 6 years consecutively.

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Airline’ for the unprecedented eighth time at the 2024 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. Qatar Airways has been the World’s Best Airline in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2024. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, ‘World's Best Business Class’, ‘World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was also recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to over 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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