In another step towards a possible oneworld alliance membership, China Southern and Finnair have applied to codeshare together from 22 April 2019.
The Chinese carrier is leaving the SkyTeam alliance, and there is speculation they may join oneworld in the future. What does this codeshare entail?
China Southern and Finnair Codeshare
A codeshare agreement is where one airline sells seats on another airlines flights. This provides extra network reach without having to purchase extra aircraft or go to the expense of hiring crew.
China Southern is planning to codeshare on 15 of Finnair’s European routes out of Helsinki. Filling a gap on their route map, it will open up cities such as Copenhagen and Stockholm on their network.
Eight Chinese cities will carry Finnair’s code, including places such as Chongqing and Nanjing. In addition, there will be eight cities added in Australia and New Zealand.
A long term strategic partnership is being mooted between the two airlines. It adds to China Southern’s oneworld connections, as they already have relationships with American Airlines, Qantas, Japan Airlines and British Airways.
People are predicting that China Southern would be a good fit for the oneworld alliance. If approved, the new relationship with Finnair is another step in that direction.
It is entirely possible that the Guangzhou based airline will enter into partnerships like this and not join an alliance. However, it would make little sense for such a large carrier to not be in an alliance like their local competitors.
What do you think of this codeshare agreement? Is it another step towards alliance membership or just an agreement between two carriers that should not be read into? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by byeangel from Tsingato, China via Wikimedia Commons.
Finnair image by Anna-Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia via Wikimedia Commons.