GUANGZHOU, China - October 21, 2008 - China Southern Airlines, (NYSE: ZNH, HKSE: 1055, SHA 600029) - www.csair.com/global - the newest member of SkyTeam and the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China hosted the 4th SkyTeam Steering Committee Meeting in early October here in Guangzhou.
This was the first time for China Southern Airlines – the newest member of the global aviation alliance - to host a SkyTeam Steering Committee Meeting and the first time such a meeting held in mainland China.
China Southern Airlines Vice President Mr. He Zongkai and Air France Vice President Mr. Dominique Patry jointly chaired the meeting with more than 30 representatives of the 11 SkyTeam airline members present.
At the meeting, members of the SkyTeam Steering Committee summarized the performance of SkyTeam in 2008, outlined the activities in 2009 and discussed future development.
The SkyTeam Steering Committee is composed of SkyTeam member airlines’ vice presidents, directly reporting to SkyTeam’s Governing Board - formed by the member airlines’ presidents or chairmen. The SkyTeam Steering Committee is responsible for executing the Governing Board’s directives; propose alliance strategy and annual budget to the Governing Board and coordinate alliance activities within each member airline and the professional teams.
China Southern Airlines’ senior management held private consultations with their counterparts from Air France and Czech Airlines.
The newest member of SkyTeam – www.skyteam.com – and the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China for the past 29 years, China Southern Airlines - www.csair.com/global - connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan and as well as International service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
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About China Southern Airlines
As the largest carrier in The People’s Republic of China, China Southern Airlines is ranked #1 in Asia and #4 globally in terms of annual passenger traffic and positioned #1 in terms of aircraft fleet, the only Asian carrier entering into the world Top 5 passenger airlines, develop initiatives and communicate with Functional Executives.
China Southern Airlines has been standing as the largest carrier in The People’s Republic of China in terms of fleet, routes and annual passenger traffic for consecutive 29 years, the only Chinese carrier entering into the world Top 10 passenger airlines for consecutive three years.
As of now, China Southern Airlines has ensured aviation security for 174 months, achieving more than 5 Million safe flight hours and honored the Five-Star Flight Safety Award by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) – the current most prestigious award for safe flight operations in the Chinese aviation industry, becoming the only Chinese carrier maintaining the longest safety record.
In the past one year, China Southern Airlines received numerous honors, including the “Best Airline in China”; the CCTV China Annual Best Employer 2007; the Outstanding Contribution To Society Award at the forum on Social Responsibility And Harmonious Society 2007; “2007 Customer Satisfaction Award” and the “Best Business Class Airline in China”.
For additional information, please go to www.csair.com/global .
About Sky Team
SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering ten members, including Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines, and three associate airlines: Air Europa (Spain), Copa Airlines (Panama) and Kenya Airways. Through one of the world’s most extensive hub networks, SkyTeam offers its 428 million annual passengers a worldwide system of 16,400 daily flights covering 841 destinations in 162 countries. www.skyteam.com