China Southern Airlines is now making e-ticketing available - for the first time - between Shenzhen and Urumqi.
Urumqi - home base for Xinjiang Airlines in Western China and currently merging its operations with China Southern Airlines - will be the 17th major Chinese city to begin Internet E-ticketing.
In 2002, China Southern recorded E-ticket sales of $72 Million (US). 2003 Internet revenues are expected to top out at more than $193 Million (US). Holding steady, this would place China Southern Airlines as the number 1 E-business leader in China`s civil aviation marketplace.
“We will continuously explore the E-ticket business, extend the service into more cities, thoroughly upgrade the E-ticket system into a perfectly functional system and use this cutting-edge technology to meld the connection of reservations, booking, flight departures, revenue accounting and tariff,” said Mr. Yan Zhi Qing, President, China Southern Air Holding Company & Chairman of China Southern Airlines Company Ltd.
Mr. Yan added that the airline is, “demonstrating China Southern`s brand value of `convenience and quickness`, gradually improving the proportion of E-ticket sales in China Southern`s sales revenues, making China Southern one of the leading E-business airlines within China.”
China Southern was the first airline in China to start Internet sales business on February 1, 1999 ... and sold the first domestic E-ticket on March 28, 2000.
During the past three years, China Southern Airlines has gradually built up its service network while continuously expanding its E-business platform to the B-to-C and B-to-B customers and is currently available in 33 major metropolitan cities across China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan.
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