China Southern Air Holding announced (03-Dec-2012) its president Si Xianmin met with Air France-KLM CEO Jean Cyril Spinetta, KLM CEO Peter Hartman and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson between 28-Nov-2012 and 29-Nov-2012 to explore future cooperation opportunities between the carriers. [more – original PR – Chinese]
China Southern Air Holding meets with Air France-KLM, KLM and Delta CEOs
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