China Southern Airlines Company Limited (chinois simplifié: 中国南方航空公司; chinois traditionnel: 中國南方航空公司) is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, République populaire de Chine. It is the world’s sixth-largest airline measured by passengers carried and Asia’s largest airline in fleet size and passengers carried. It is the fourth-largest airline in the world in domestic passenger traffic and the sixth-largest in scheduled domestic passenger-kilometres flown. From its main hubs at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, la compagnie aérienne dessert 193 destinations using a fleet of more than 400 avion.
China Southern Airlines was established on 1 Juillet 1988 following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Depuis ce temps, it acquired and merged with a number of domestic airlines, becoming one of China’s “Big Three” compagnies aériennes (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines). China Southern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam. The airlines’s logo is a red kapok on a blue vertical tail fin. Dans 2012, China Southern Airlines carried 86.5 millions de passagers nationaux et internationaux avec un facteur de charge moyen de 81%. China Southern Airlines serves 193 destinations en 35 different countries worldwide. It maintains a strong presence in the domestic market with its main hubs at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, and Beijing Capital International Airport, along with other focus cities in Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Ürümqi, Wuhan and Zhengzhou. The airline plans to continue to develop Chongqing and Ürümqi as hubs as well to exploit the domestic market potential. China Southern currently offers 485 flights a day from its Guangzhou hub and 221 from its Beijing hub. The airline provides services to 65 destinations internationales. Most of the international flights link Guangzhou with world cities. There are also plenty of international flights operated through Beijing, Ürümqi (notably to Central Asia) and Dalian (to Japan, Corée du Sud, and Russia). China Southern Airlines has developed an extensive network to Southeast Asia and also has become the Chinese airline with the largest presence in Australia. China Southern is also considering expanding into the South American markets, as well as further expansion into the African market.
China Southern Airlines’s frequent-flyer program is called Sky Pearl Club (chinois simplifié: 明珠俱乐部; chinois traditionnel: 明珠俱樂部).
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