Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines have begun a codeshare agreement with the Chinese airline’s code now placed on the Gulf carrier’s flights between Guangzhou and Doha. According to Qatar, the codeshare was “the first step in the strengthening of cooperation between both airlines.”

The initial codeshare route allows China Southern passengers to book travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Guangzhou and Doha and onwards to more than 60 destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

This is the first stage of a more extensive codeshare arrangement between the two airlines. At some point, China Southern will place its code on Qatar flights between Beijing and Doha, “once the current restrictions for flights in and out of China are lifted.”

“We have great expectations for the partnership between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines,” said China Southern Airlines SVP corporate and international relations, Mr. Wu Guoxiang. “We believe that bilateral cooperation will be an important element in the process of industry recovery and greatly promote air connectivity among countries and regions.”

Oneworld member Qatar Airways has held a 5 percent stake in China Southern since December 2018. The Doha-based carrier has also been expanding its network in recent months with the launch of services to new US gateways, Seattle and San Francisco.

qatarairways.com,  csair.com