Just before Christmas, Qatar Airways announced the first stage of its codeshare operations with China Southern.

Effective December 27, China Southern will place its airline code on Qatar Airways-operated flights between Guangzhou and Doha. With the codeshare flights, China Southern customers will be able to make connections on Qatar Airways' network via Doha. From Doha, customers can connect to flights to more than 60 destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The move is the first step of cooperation since Qatar Airways acquired a 5% stake in the Guangzhou-based carrier in December 2018. According to a statement by Qatar Airways, the next step of the partnership will be the addition of China Southern placing its code on Qatar Airways' flights from Beijing to Doha once travel restrictions to/from China are lifted.

In the statement, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori said: “We are delighted to begin codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines, providing our passengers seamless connectivity via the Best Airport in the Middle East to more than 60 destinations across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Since Qatar Airways Group’s investment in China Southern Airlines in 2018, our two airlines have worked closely to develop opportunities to enhance the customer experience for our millions of passengers travelling via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. The beginning of codeshare flights is the natural first step and we look forward to further deepening our close relationship with China Southern Airlines in the future.”

China Southern's SVP Corporate and International Relations Wu Guoxiang added: “We have great expectations for the partnership between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines. During 2020, our global airline industry has faced unprecedented challenges and we look forward to an early recovery. We believe that bilateral cooperation will be an important element in the process of industry recovery and greatly promote air connectivity among countries and regions. Our collaboration with Qatar Airways is just one of these powerful combinations. Qatar Airways is a Five-Star Airline by SKYTRAX, with award-winning inflight service and innovative products and China Southern is committed to developing world-class service brands that combine ‘affinity and refinement’ to deliver an extraordinary travel experience to all passengers.”

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