After announcing its intentions to leave the SkyTeam airline alliance towards the end of last year, China Southern is officially leaving the alliance at the end of this year.

In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Guangzhou-based airline will officially no longer be a part of SkyTeam on Deccember 31 after completing all work necessary for the transition.

While the airline will leave SkyTeam, the statement further added it will continue existing codeshare agreements with SkyTeam airlines including Aeroflot, Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Xiamen Airlines.

For its frequent fliers, the airline will substitute the "SkyPriority" service offering added traveler benefits with its own brand: "CZ Priority."

While keeping its existing relationships with current SkyTeam partners, China Southern has stepped up its efforts for new bilateral partnerships with other airlines saying: “the Company has accelerated the expansion of its global “circle of friends” by establishing bilateral code-share partnership with American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways”.

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