Continental Airlines and China Southern Airlines have entered
into a strategic partnership for frequent flyer and airport lounge access
reciprocity and extensive codesharing.“As we look to build upon our successful service to China, we are honored to partner
with China Southern. Our customers will appreciate the benefits of this new
agreement,” said Larry Kellner, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental
Airlines. “China Southern is the right partner for us in China and we look forward
to welcoming them into the SkyTeam alliance in the very near future.”
“As an industry leader, Continental Airlines’ cooperation with China Southern will
significantly increase CZ’s market share on cross-Pacific and the US domestic
market.” said China Southern Chairman Liu Shao Yong.
Beginning September 1, 2007, members of the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs,
Continental’s OnePass and China Southern’s Sky Pearl Club, will be able to earn and
redeem miles on all flights operated by the other carrier. Reciprocal airport
lounge access for eligible customers will begin when China Southern join SkyTeam.
In November, the carriers plan to begin codesharing. Continental will place its
code (CO*) on China Southern flights connecting to Continental’s daily flight
between New York and Beijing and on China Southern’s flights between Guangzhou and
Los Angeles. At the same time, China Southern will place its code (CZ*) on
Continental flights connecting with China Southern at Los Angeles and New York.
Continental and China Southern customers traveling on connecting itineraries will be
able to have single check-in for all flights, including the issuance of electronic
tickets, boarding passes and checked baggage to their final destination.