Under the expanded agreement, KQ will codeshare on China Southern Airlines services from Bangkok to Wuhan, one of the busiest cities in Central China that is an important centre for trade, finance and transportation.
As part of the expanded scope, Kenya Airways passengers will also get seamless access to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth through China Southern Airlines flights from Guangzhou China, providing another valuable benefit to its customers.
In return, China Southern Airlines will codeshare on Kenya Airways’ flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi and onwards to Lagos, Johannesburg and Lusaka.
The initial agreement was signed in 2009 and provided a framework for partnership between Kenya Airways and China Southern Airlines that saw them market and sell one another’s flights as if they were their own on the Nairobi-Dubai-Guangzhou route.
KQ Group CEO Titus Naikuni and the China Southern Airlines Chairman Si Xianmin hailed the new development as another step towards greater collaboration between the airlines that will see the Sky Team partners jointly take advantage of the Sino-Africa opportunities.
“This will benefit our guests a great deal with the increase in flights, frequency and ease of connectivity to more destinations,” Naikuni said.
The new codeshare services between China Southern Airlines and Kenya Airways goes on sale on July 18, for travel from August 1, 2013.