Finnair announced that it has agreed on a new codeshare partnership with China Southern, China’s largest carrier with over 800 aircraft and more than 100,000 employees around the world, according to Finnair’s media release published on May 21, 2019.
Starting on 01 June, 2019, the cooperation will add five new destinations in China for Finnair’s customers allowing the customers to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xi´an (XIY).
Likewise, China Southern code CZ will be added on Finnair routes from Helsinki to several popular destinations in Europe including Amsterdam, Billund, Copenhagen, Goteborg, London, Paris, Riga (RIX) and Stockholm.
The customers can book the new codeshare flights from 21 May, 2019 onwards.
Ahead of the cooperation with China Southern, Finnair recently joined hand with Juneyao Air to launch codeshare flights that can be booked since May 16.
Christian Lesjak, Senior Vice President, Network and resource management at Finnair said “we’re very excited about this first step of our partnership with China Southern. This codeshare opens up new destinations in China for our customers on the Helsinki-Guangzhou route, which we just extended to year-round operations. China is among our top markets globally, and we are delighted to be able to offer more destinations to our customers from Guangzhou onwards.”
WU Guoxiang, Senior Vice President of International and Corporate Relations at China Southern, said “we are very honored to establish the partnership with Finnair, one of the world’s leading airlines with extensive network and high level of service. Through cooperation we will further expand our network to the Nordic. Finland is a popular tourist and business destinations, we are very glad to provide opportunity for travelers from all over the world to visit Helsinki more easily.
“Passengers can enjoy a convenient and smooth transfer process, with through check-in, seamless connectivity and other ground handling services. We will continue to work closely with our codeshare partners to provide seamless travel experience for passengers constantly.”