China Southern deal boosts connectivity

China Southern Airlines has selected the AviNet
Airport network service of ARINC Incorporated to connect its host computer system
at Beijing with growing International passenger operations in Australia, Korea and
Japan. ARINC’s Asia Pacific Division and China Southern Airlines’ world headquarters in
Guangzhou jointly made the announcement.

AviNet Airport is a cost-effective global IP network solution that allows airlines
to network their legacy and modern applications on a single fully-managed
connection.

“AviNet Airport allows us to cost-effectively and securely network all our
traditional and modern operating applications with a single connection. We also
expect to enjoy increased productivity and uptime with the added network redundancy
it provides,” said Jerry Hu, Chief Information Officer, China Southern Airlines.

According to Randy Pizzi, ARINC Managing Director, Asia/Pacific, “ARINC is very
pleased that China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China, has selected our
AviNet Airport network for these major international passenger operations. China
Southern joins a growing list of global airlines that have benefited from this
innovative ARINC service. We will continue to develop AviNet Airport to meet the
growing needs of the aviation industry.”

The IP technology behind AviNet Airport supports aviation industry connectivity
requirements for check-in, ticketing, baggage handling, fueling, gate management,
flight information display systems (FIDS), ground-handling operations, and many
other applications in the airport environment.

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ARINC anticipates completing four cutovers starting in April for China Southern
passenger operations at Australia’s Melbourne International Airport, Korea’s Incheon
International Airport and Japan’s Kansai International and Narita International
Airports.

China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. flight operations are based at the brand-new, $3
Billion Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, with a second hub in Beijing, 13
branches throughout China.  China’s largest airline has International offices in 44
major global markets.
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