China Southern and Air China reach agreement to jointly operate Beijing-Paris with A380
China Southern Airlines CFO Xu Jiebo and Air China president Cai Jianjiang confirmed the carriers have reached an agreement to jointly operate A380 service between Beijing and Paris in Oct-2012 although they are still negotiating details of the proposed cooperation. According to local media reports by Beijing Youth, Yicai, Business Times and Jinghua, the carriers have reportedly received approval from authorities in China for the plan. Under initial agreements, China Southern will operate the A380 on Air China’s daily Beijing-Paris service, replacing Boeing 777 equipment. China Southern reportedly stated the A380 is better suited to intercontinental routes, adding Beijing has a concentrated volume of business travellers while Paris is the base of fellow SkyTeam member Air France, where China Southern can take advantage of Air France’s European network. China Southern chairman Si Xianmin previously stated there must be two A380s operating on each international A380 route with one to be used as backup. The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of its fourth A380 in Oct-2012 and its fifth and final A380 in Jan-2013. As previously reported, China Southern is scheduled to launch its first international route with the A380 from Guangzhou to Los Angeles on 16-Oct-2012.