China Southern to leave SkyTeam, join Oneworld?

China Southern to leave SkyTeam, join Oneworld?

IN BRIEF | 2018 could see China Southern exit the SkyTeam airline alliance and take a seat at the Oneworld table as the Chinese airline looks to reposition itself on the global stage.

The Guangzhou-based airline is one of China's 'big three' three state-run carriers, alongside fellow SkyTeam member China Eastern (based in Shanghai) and flag carrier Air China, which belongs to Star Alliance.

The South China Morning Post reports China Southern president Tan Wangeng as recently saying the future of its alliance membership was "a sensitive topic", with the airline said to be weighing up the merits and opportunities of Oneworld and Star Alliance.

Oneworld – which counts Qantas and Cathay Pacific among its roster – has no member airline in mainland China. However, Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney denied that membership discussions with China Southern had taken place.

Speaking on the subject of China Southern's rumoured exit from SkyTeam, SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines' Greater China chief Wong Hong told The South China Morning Post “I think we have to accept the reality... it is more for them to think through and decide."

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • Robert Hollow

    RobH

    27 Nov, 2017 06:49 pm

    Hopefully Oneworld!

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  • East1

    East1

    27 Nov, 2017 06:53 pm

    Most probably oneworld, given the AA investment.
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  • James Zhang

    pkjames

    27 Nov, 2017 07:53 pm

    I'd LOVE to see OW has a major airline in mainland China!
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  • roby

    roby

    27 Nov, 2017 08:44 pm

    The article never said CZ would enter Star but was referring to CZ joining oneworld which could prompt CX to leave onworld and join part owner CA in Star.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    27 Nov, 2017 09:15 pm

    Could CZ go to Star, and CA switch to oneworld alongside CX
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  • roby

    roby

    27 Nov, 2017 09:29 pm

    No, CA has JV with Star members LH, AC, UA, LH, NZ, etc, too important to leave.
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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    27 Nov, 2017 10:21 pm

    I think CX would have something to say about CZ joining Oneworld. Oneworld has also always been an alliance of premium airlines of which CZ is not.
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  • Zwrfd

    Zwrfd

    28 Nov, 2017 02:56 am

    Kidding me? Air berline, s7, & sri lanken, r they premium carriers?
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    pkjames

  • Jason Bird

    Speedbird

    28 Nov, 2017 11:06 am

    Neither is British Airways these days
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  • Jason

    cooper81

    28 Nov, 2017 02:56 am

    Not sure Sri Lankan or Royal Jordanian would be classed as 'premium airlines'. I'd say they are pretty much on the level of CZ.
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  • Zwrfd

    Zwrfd

    28 Nov, 2017 02:59 am

    The most important thing is ow has no network in mainland i guess. This is an issue for AA.
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  • Graeme Bray

    Livewireshock

    28 Nov, 2017 08:52 am

    I wonder what this would mean for Xiamen Air, who are majority owned by China Southern but strongly independently managed. Can they stay in SkyTeam while CS moves across to Oneworld? Might they try to have a foot in both camps?
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    DGP

  • melbcollege

    melbcollege

    28 Nov, 2017 09:15 pm

    Wonderful, I hope China Southern join Oneworld. Oneworld need a Chinese airline!
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  • Dredgy

    Dredgy

    29 Nov, 2017 03:08 am

    I’d be happy if they joined either tbh. I have a stack of points with Lufthansa and Qantas. I’ve just lost my SkyTeam status so was actually going to use China Southern for status runs next year.
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