China Southern Airlines exits Tianhe Alliance

China Southern Airlines announced its exit from Trina alliance.
On December 24, China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. announced that China Southern Airlines would complete the transition work from Trina on December 31, 2019, and formally withdraw from Trina from January 1, 2020.
According to the announcement, China Southern Airlines will continue to maintain the original code sharing cooperation with the airlines of Tianhe alliance through bilateral cooperation, and with Xiamen Airlines, Air France, Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Czech Airlines, Air China, Vietnam Airlines, Europa airlines, Argentine airlines, Italian Airlines, Russian Airlines Saudi Airlines continues to maintain frequent passenger cooperation. Members of China Southern Airlines Pearl Club will continue to enjoy mileage accumulation, exchange and elite member service rights and interests when they take the above Tianhe alliance partner flights.
At the same time, since January 1, 2020 (included), China Southern Airlines officially launched the service brand of “China Southern Airlines enjoy CZ priority”, replacing “skypriority of Trina Solar”, ensuring that the rights and interests of gold and silver card members of China Southern Airlines and elite / Elite Plus members of above Trina alliance partners when they take flights of China Southern Airlines remain unchanged, including priority check-in, priority baggage, priority boarding and VIP Lounge And so on.
Previously, based on the needs of its own development strategy and the new trend of the global air transport industry cooperation mode, on November 15, 2018, China Southern Airlines decided not to renew the membership agreement of Tianhe alliance since January 1, 2019, and completed the transition work in 2019.
In addition to the Tianhe alliance partners, China Southern Airlines has accelerated the expansion of the global “circle of friends” and carried out bilateral code sharing cooperation with American Airlines, British Airways, Finland airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Qantas airlines, Japan Airlines, etc. passengers can travel to and from major cities around the world through China Southern Airlines and its partners. China Southern Airlines and American airlines have carried out all-round cooperation with frequent flyers since March 20, 2019, signed a joint venture agreement with British Airways on December 17, 2019, and the cooperation with frequent flyers will also be launched in June 2020.
The announcement shows that the above-mentioned business decisions are not expected to have a significant impact on the company’s production and operation. Please pay attention to the investment risks.
On the evening of December 24, China Southern Airlines announced that it would complete the transition work from Trina on December 31, 2019, and formally withdraw from Trina from January 1, 2020.
This means that at present, only 8 days (including December 24) are left before China Southern Airlines officially quits the alliance, and the transition work of one year’s quitting is coming to an end, and China Southern Airlines is about to usher in “freedom”.
Aviation alliance emerged in the 1990s, and overseas airlines successively established Star Alliance, oneworld and SkyTeam alliance. Air China took the lead in joining the Star Alliance in 2007, followed by China Southern and China Eastern Airlines.
It is generally agreed by the aviation alliance that the airlines of the alliance and its members will enter and operate in the same terminal in the main airport, share airport facilities, such as check-in counter, luggage facilities, transfer counter, lounge and office area, and share route network and parking space.
On the route network, establish a coordinated regular flight, a single ticket can take the flights of other airlines in the alliance, and strive to coordinate the service quality of passengers.
Aviation alliance is a very close way of cooperation, which not only brings convenience to cooperation, but also has exclusive binding force on all alliance members.
In recent years, many industry voices have pointed out that to some extent, the aviation alliance has also restricted its members’ free international cooperation.
After announcing its withdrawal from the alliance in November last year, China Southern Airlines obviously accelerated its cooperation with other alliance members. For example, since March 20, 2019, China Southern Airlines has carried out comprehensive cooperation with American Airlines on frequent flyers. On December 17, 2019, China Southern Airlines signed a joint cooperation agreement with British airways. The frequent flyer cooperation will also be launched in June 2020.
However, despite the withdrawal, the friendship between the old allies is still there.
China Southern said that through bilateral cooperation, China Southern will continue to maintain the original code sharing cooperation with the member airlines of Trina, and maintain frequent passenger cooperation with Xiamen Airlines, Air France, Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines and other members of Trina.
In addition, the rights and interests previously enjoyed by passengers of China Southern Airlines in Trina alliance airlines can continue to be used.
Retreat from the alliance and keep making contact with China Southern Airlines to bypass China Eastern Airlines and restructure “Tianhe partner”
After nearly a year of “transition period”, China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “China Southern Airlines”) has finally reached the moment to say goodbye to Trina.
I don’t know whether to choose deliberately. On Christmas Eve, December 24, the most important traditional festival in the west, China Southern Airlines announced the news of “breaking up” with SkyTeam alliance.
China Southern Airlines said in the announcement that it would complete the transition work of leaving Trina Solar alliance from December 31, 2019, and formally withdraw from Trina Solar alliance from January 1, 2020.
However, the withdrawal does not mean the interruption of the cooperation relationship. In the announcement, China Southern Airlines stressed that the company continues to maintain the original code sharing cooperation with the member airlines of SkyTeam through bilateral cooperation, and with the member airlines of SkyTeam Xiamen Airlines, Air France, Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Czech Airlines, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Europa Airlines, Argentina airlines, Italian Airlines, Russian Airlines and Saudi Airlines (collectively referred to as “SkyTeam partners”) continue to maintain frequent flyer cooperation.
It is worth noting that the 14 “partners of Tianhe alliance” do not include China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “China Eastern Airlines”), which means that China Eastern Airlines will become one of the few in Tianhe alliance