China Southern Airlines and Virgin America have announced a codeshare agreement that offers seamless booking and travel between China, Southeast Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations across the US.
Under the new agreement, China Southern will place its two-digit airline code (CZ) and flight numbers on a range of Virgin America routes operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington DC.
The agreement is unique in that China Southern is the only airline offering nonstop service between Guangzhou and Wuhan and the United States. This codeshare arrangement allows a one-stop booking process, a single ticket and one-stop check-in, including baggage handling, for the entire journey.
“We are thrilled to expand our network further into the United States with Virgin America,” said Zhao Xiaosong, SVP International Affairs and Alliances of China Southern. “The United States is a substantial market for us and through this partnership we can offer our passengers more travel destinations via Guangzhou. We look forward to working closely with Virgin America in the future.”
China Southern offers daily flights from Guangzhou to San Francisco (three flights per week with one stop in Wuhan), ten flights per week from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and daily flights from Guangzhou to New York.