China Southern has made a pretty shocking announcement as they are considering to leave SkyTeam alliance and move to oneworld. This would create a chaos, especially to Cathay Pacific. As both airlines market will be overlapping at each other, and the distance between the two airlines’ hub are pretty close to each other. Rumours said that Cathay is also considering to make a move to left oneworld in favor of Star Alliance if China Southern’s exit become a reality. Here’s a short summary of the story according to Australian Business Traveller
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.
For information, this is not the first time a SkyTeam member threatening to leave the alliance in favor of other alliances. In 2013, Aeroflot had an intention of leaving SkyTeam in favor of Star Alliance due to unfavorable agreements with Delta. So I think there might be some unagreement between the members on SkyTeam
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