Starting this month, Guangzhou-based China Southern is launching an airport lounge-sharing program with Dallas, Texas based American Airlines.

As part of the program, American and China Southern frequent fliers and premium passengers can access both airlines' lounges. China Southern passengers can receive services at 50 American Airlines' Admirals Clubs at 34 airports worldwide, while American Airlines customers can access 38 of China Southern's Pear VIP Lounges at 23 airports in China.

The new agreement comes as both China Southern and American have expanded their business ties after China Southern left the SkyTeam alliance at the start of the year. American currently has a 2.68% stake in China Southern – the largest airline in mainland China in terms of passenger traffic and fleet size. Both airlines have codeshare agreements on domestic flights in the US and China, as well as trans-Pacific flights between the two countries.

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