Emirates signs first Chinese codeshare deal

Partnership with China Southern Airlines to deepen Dubai carrier's presence in world's second-largest economy

United Arab Emirates, February 2, 2019

Emirates and China Southern Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to progress a comprehensive reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open up new destinations for passengers travelling between China and the Middle East and Africa.

The partnership with the Guangzhou-based carrier also allows Emirates' passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on domestic flights within China, adding eight new destinations to its global network.

The Chinese cities covered by the codeshare agreement include Fuzhou, Chongqing, Kunming, Qingdao, Xiamen, Chengdu, Nanjing and Xi'an during the initial phase of the partnership, subject to necessary government approvals.

Passengers travelling from China will have more choice and travel seamlessly with minimum connection times, when flying to destinations in Emirates' Middle East network such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Muscat, Kuwait and Cairo. The codeshare agreement also includes flights to African destinations such as Seychelles and Lagos, operated by Emirates.

'[This] signing is especially monumental for Emirates, as it represents the first codeshare agreement between Emirates and a China-based airline. It is also the largest airline in China by passenger numbers so we are excited by the prospects the agreement brings. This will be an important milestone in our efforts to deepen Emirates' presence in the Chinese market,' said Adnan Kazim, Emirates' divisional senior vice-president of strategic planning, revenue optimisation and aeropolitical affairs.

'Emirates is our first bi-directional partner in the Middle East... it signifies a key step for China Southern in the process of building new international partnerships,' said Han Wensheng, chief operating officer China Southern Air Holding Company.