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KLM and China Southern Airlines in collaboration deal

Author: Marina Spanou / Date: Fri, 10/26/2007 - 12:57
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The largest airline in The People`s Republic of China, China Southern Airlines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Monday July 16, 2001, signed a cooperation agreement...

The largest airline in The People`s Republic of China, China Southern Airlines , and KLM  Royal Dutch Airlines on Monday July 16, 2001, signed a cooperation agreement  on the joint Beijing-Amsterdam and Shanghai-Amsterdam service. As this new cooperation begins, China Southern Airlines` Beijing-Amsterdam service will increase to five times weekly and will also offer a new Shanghai to Amsterdam service three times a week.

The agreement, the first of its sort for China Southern Airlines, establishes an important relationship with one of the leading airlines in Europe and calls for the establishment of better services to travellers. China Southern and KLM have agreed to implement code-share service on the Beijing-Amsterdam and Shanghai-Amsterdam routes. China Southern currently operates the Beijing-Amsterdam service twice a week (CZ 345/346) using the state-of-the-art Boeing 777. KLM operates three Amsterdam-Beijing frequencies (KL 897/898) and two Amsterdam-Shanghai services (KL 895/896) at present using Boeing 747 aircraft.

On its part, KLM is going to take a block of seats on each of Chinese air carrier's current frequencies between Amsterdam and Beijing and publish these blocks under its own KL (code share) flight numbers. China Southern will take a block of seats on each of KL`s current frequencies between Amsterdam and Beijing/Shanghai and publish these blocks under its own CZ (code share) flight numbers.

China Southern and KLM also expressed the joint intention to further extend their cooperation to loyalty programs, cargo/freight, ground handling and other areas.

Such a partnership enables both airlines to bring into full play each other`s potential without capacity and investment increase and lay a good foundation for further cooperation in the future. For passengers, they can get more convenient travel service.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the world`s oldest operating airline and a key member of the first global airline alliance "Wing", carried 16.1 million passengers in fiscal 2000/01. KLM and its partners serve more than 400 cities in 78 countries. The Dutch carrier operates a fleet of 126 aircraft. In 2000/01 KLM`s net profit amounted to EUR 77 million (US$65.2 million).

China Southern Airlines is China`s largest airline, carrying 16.7 million passengers in 2000. Its net profit in fiscal 2000 was US$60.6 million. Currently China Southern operates the nation`s largest commercial fleet of 109 jet aircraft, including nine Boeing 777. The airline operates 361 domestic, regional and international routes and serves more than 80 cities, both within China and internationally, providing convenient connections to Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

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