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Virgin America and China Southern Airlines announce a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel between China, Southeast Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations across the United States.
Under the new agreement, China Southern will place its two-digit airline code and flight numbers on a range of Virgin America routes operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
These will include West Coast flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington DC.
This partnership will bring expanded choice and convenience for travellers flying between China Southern’s numerous Chinese and Southeast Asia destinations and the United States.
This agreement is unique in that China Southern is the only airline offering non-stop service between Guangzhou and Wuhan and the United States.
This codeshare arrangement allows a one-stop booking process, a single ticket and one-stop check-in, including baggage handling, for the entire journey.
“China is a significant inbound and outbound tourism market and we are extremely pleased to partner with China Southern, Asia’s largest carrier by fleet size, and an airline that shares Virgin America’s commitment to providing excellent, guest-focused service,” said Adam Green, Virgin America director of network planning.
“We look forward to welcoming China Southern guests on-board our flights as we provide them with our signature, award-winning Virgin service to and from destinations across our U.S. route network.”
China Southern, which is headquartered in Guangzhou, offers daily flights from Guangzhou to San Francisco (three flights per week with one stop in Wuhan), ten flights per week from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and daily flights from Guangzhou to New York.
China Southern has the most extensive network in China and in Asia and a strong presence in Europe and Oceania.