The cities of Harbin, Changchun and Dalian are now available to book via the British Airways system for the first time. Photo credit – Pixabay
British Airways and China Southern have agreed a codesharing relationship. Could the Chinese carrier now join One World?
The agreement will see British Airways passengers able to easily connect onto China Southern flights from Beijing and Shanghai, and China Southern passengers able to do the same on British Airways flights from London.
As a result, each airline will be able to offer itineraries to passengers from and to a greater number of European / Chinese cities.
For example, the cities of Harbin, Changchun and Dalian are now available to book via the British Airways system for the first time.
For the second time in a week, British Airways CEO Alex Cruz spoke of the importance of the blossoming relationship between China and the UK in context of Brexit:
”China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links. This is even more critical post Brexit.”
One interesting aspect of the news is that it brings China Southern closer to the One World alliance of airlines. It is presently a member of rival alliance Sky Team.
In March, American Airlines (which is also part of One World) and China Southern Airlines entered into a partnership which will see greater cooperation between the two companies.
The carriers are respectively the largest and fourth largest in the world by various metrics, with the latter also being the largest in China.