China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China. It is based in Guangzhou and is a member of the global SkyTeam alliance.
The airline was founded in 1988 as a result of the decision by Chinese government to separate passenger Aviation Administration of China. In 1991 it transported nearly six million passengers, their fleet at that time consisted of 38 aircraft and lines with 90 national and 17 international connections. The outbreak of the Persian Gulf war may have caused a decrease in demand for new aircraft in the world market, this has allowed airlines to order 4 Boeing 777-200 and 2 777-200ER in 1992, for the further development of long-range routes.
In 1994 as a consequence of the removal from the Chinese government restrictions related to foreign capital investment in airlines. The airline began talks with United Airlines about cooperation, and also worked with a few US carriers concerning the training of crews and aircraft maintenance. Revenue increased twofold.
The first Boeing 777-200 was delivered December 28 1995, and the airline was the first airline in Asia with a Boeing 777 in its fleet. The first long-haul connection: Guangzhou- Beijing-Amsterdam is opened in 1996. The following year the first connection over the Pacific between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, operated by the Boeing 777 aircraft, also started and three years later they also started to support connections to Sydney and Melbourne. Also a codeshare agreement was signed to increase offer for international services.
Despite the fact that most airlines in China are independent companies, most orders for new aircraft are entered into by the company China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Group. In 2003 it placed an order of 4 Airbus A330-200, to be delivered by the beginning of the year 2005. In April China Aviation Supplies Imp. & Exp. Group orders 30 Airbus A330S. The first aircraft was delivered in February of 2005. And one month before, an order of 5 Airbus A380-800, was made, which should have been delivered in 2008 just before the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. On the same day Chinese government signed a high-value contract for the delivery of 60 Boeing 787 for 6 Chinese lines including China Southern Airlines. The first Airbus A380 was delivered in October of 2011.
The airline has been awarded 4 stars in the ranking Skytrax. This is currently the largest 4 star airline. The first commercial flight of their new Airbus A380 took place on October 17 of 2011.