Recent news suggests a change in China's COVID-zero policy, which must be great news for its beleaguered international carriers, such as China Southern Airlines. With nearly a quarter of its fleet grounded, any opportunity to move beyond domestic borders is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
China Southern Airlines and Sabre announced they had renewed their global distribution agreement yesterday. Sabre is a software and technology company that provides the global travel industry, including airlines, with retailing, distribution and fulfillment solutions to drive and optimize revenues.
The long-term renewal will allow China Southern to continue distributing its offers and content to the vast network of travel agents and related businesses connected to Sabre's global distribution system (GDS). The partners have a long-standing relationship that includes China Southern utilizing Sabre's fares and contract management solutions.
Last month China Southern, China's largest carrier by passenger volume, announced it was expanding its international routes. The airline said it would operate 47 international routes covering 203 cities in the just-started (northern) winter/spring season. These are a mix of new and resumed routes, including services from its base at Guangzhou Baiyun International (CAN) to New York (JFK), Rome (FCO) and Jakarta (CGK).
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