Virgin America and China Southern Airlines today announce a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel between China, Southeast Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations across the United States.
Under the new agreement, China Southern will place its two-digit airline code (CZ) and flight numbers on a range of Virgin America routes operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington DC.
This partnership will bring expanded choice and convenience for travelers flying between China Southern’s numerous Chinese and Southeast Asia destinations and the United States. This agreement is unique in that China Southern is the only airline offering non-stop service between Guangzhou and Wuhan and the United States. This codeshare arrangement allows a one-stop booking process, a single ticket and one-stop check-in, including baggage handling, for the entire journey.
“China is a significant inbound and outbound tourism market and we are extremely pleased to partner with China Southern, Asia’s largest carrier by fleet size, and an airline that shares Virgin America’s commitment to providing excellent, guest-focused service,” said Adam Green, Virgin America’s Director of Network Planning. “We look forward to welcoming China Southern guests onboard our flights as we provide them with our signature, award-winning Virgin service to and from destinations across our U.S. route network.”
“We are thrilled to expand our network further into the United States with Virgin America,” said Mr. Zhao Xiaosong, SVP International Affairs and Alliances of China Southern. “The United States is a substantial market for us and through this partnership we could offer our passengers more travel destinations via Guangzhou. We look forward to working closely with Virgin America in the future.”
China Southern, which is headquartered in Guangzhou, offers daily flights from Guangzhou to San Francisco (three flights per week with one stop in Wuhan), ten flights per week from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and daily flights from Guangzhou to New York. China Southern has the most extensive network in China and in Asia and a strong presence in Europe and Oceania.
The agreement announced today builds and expands on China Southern’s existing interline arrangement with Virgin America. China Southern is Virgin America’s sixth codeshare agreement and joins the airline’s growing partner portfolio.