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oneworld rumoured to be courting China Southern

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Four years after it resigned from the SkyTeam airline alliance, there are renewed rumours that China Southern may join the oneworld grouping. This would make it an Avios earning and redemption partner.

The move was expected back in 2020, once the airline had fully unwound itself from SkyTeam, but obviously the pandemic got in the way.

American Airlines and Qatar Airways, both oneworld members, are shareholders in China Southern. It also has a Joint Business Agreement with British Airways.

China Southern A380

This latest rumour comes via a Bloomberg story last week (paywall) which claims that British Airways and American Airlines are leading the push to win over both the airline and fellow oneworld members.

Talks have, unsurprisingly, been complicated by the difficulties of getting in and out of China to conduct negotiations.

Whilst oneworld is lacking a mainland Chinese carrier, it does have Cathay PacificChina Southern has a major hub in Guangzhou which is on Hong Kong’s doorstep and would create complications.  If a deal went through it would provide a new set of Avios redemption options for getting from Europe to Asia.

Even if true, don’t expect this story to lead to any quick change. It tends to take 12-18 months for alliance memberships to launch from the day they are announced, and even this depends on trouble-free IT integration.


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Comments (14)

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  • ADS says:

    always good to get another redemption option … but sadly it won’t be in an a380 (pictured)

  • Concerto says:

    I’ve tried both China Southern and China Eastern, both times in Economy because music festivals transporting hundreds of people and orchestras don’t have the funds for fancy tickets. CZ was to Hong Kong via PEK, and MU was to Jeju via Shanghai (sorry, can’t remember the offbeat airport codes right now). Both were excellent, I thought, better than European and American carriers. The food was ok, although ex Paris they might have better caterers.

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