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China Southern Air Holding Company (CSAH)

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China Southern Air Holding Company (CSAH) was established on October 11, 2002. As one of the three major air transportation groups managed by the central government, it specializes in air transportation and cargo logistics, and has also engaged in aero engine maintenance, import & export trading, financing, media & advertising, and real estate. Publicly listed on the Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges, China Southern presently has 15 branches, 6 bases, 25 domestic offices and 68 international offices.

The strategic objective of China Southern Air Holding Company is to be a world-class aviation industry group with international competitiveness.

China Southern has a huge aircraft fleet. It is the greatest airline in Asia in terms of fleet size and passenger traffic. Currently, it operates 700 aircraft and helicopters, including the Airbus A380 (the biggest aircraft in the world) and the Boeing B787. In terms of fleet size, China Southern is the largest in Asia and the fourth globally. In 2015, it carried more than 110 million passengers, ranking the first in Asia and the fourth in the world, and it has been the top of all Chinese Airlines for 37 consecutive years.

China Southern Airlines has an outstanding safety record. By December 31, 2015, it had achieved 15.26 million hours of safe flights, or 259 consecutive months of aviation safety. It has carried more than 900 million passengers without incident, taking a leading position both in China and abroad in terms of safety record and safety management. In September 2012, China Southern won the “Diamond Flight Safety Award”, the top award for flight safety in the Chinese civil aviation industry, and it has the highest safety star-level in China.

China Southern has a comprehensive route network with Guangzhou, Beijing, Urumqi and Chongqing as its core hubs. The network links Europe, the United States, Australia and Africa. Every day, it has over 2,000 flights providing over 300,000 seats across 208 destinations in 40 nations and regions. With close partnership with other SkyTeam partner airlines, China Southern has broadened its air network to connect to 1,062 destinations in 177 nations and regions across the world. It is committed to building the international aviation hub of the “Canton Route”, and Guangzhou (Canton) has already become the greatest gateway from China to Oceania and Southeast Asia.

International cooperation

China Southern boasts the greatest comprehensive support capability in China and also possesses an independent pilot training competency. In partnership with CAE, Inc, the world-renowned flight simulator manufacturer, it built a Flight College together with Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Zhuhai Flight Training Center, the largest in Asia. It also has a vibrant aircraft maintenance capability which includes one of the largest aircraft maintenance hangars in Asia, owned by the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Co. Ltd.(GAMECO), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines. In addition, in partnership with MTU Aero Engines, China Southern operates the largest aero engine maintenance base in China in terms of facility and overhaul capabilities. With a complete support system, it independently developed the Flight Operation Control System and the Aero Engine Performance Monitoring System, which are the most advanced IT systems in the Chinese aviation industry and have earned the National Second Prize for Progress in Science & Technology. Currently, China Southern has a freight depot with an annual cargo throughput of 800,000 tons, and a specialized aviation catering center that can create and deliver more than 30 million aviation meals per year.

China Southern provides excellent service. With a highly praised service brand, it is committed to pursuing characteristic standardization and humanization of air and ground services, and is also dedicated to meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations by sincere service and humanistic care.


For a long time, China Southern has fulfilled its social responsibilities and successively gained prizes and honors. In January 2004, it was honored with a “5-Star Diamond Award” by the American Academy of Hospitality Science. In 2012 and 2013, it was honored as one of the “Most Appreciated Chinese Companies” by Fortune Magazine (the Chinese Version), and named among the “the 30th Best Chinese Employers of the Year” and “The Outstanding Contributor to Society in Social Responsibility”. In 2014, it was honored with the “Star of China - the Best Airlines” by Global Finance of America, and cited as “the Most Appreciated Chinese Company in the Transportation and Logistics Industry” by Fortune Magazine (Chinese Version). In 2015, China Southern won such honors as “the Global Outstanding Airlines for Operating the Airbus 330” from Airbus, “the Best Airlines of China” from TTG, the top award of the Chinese Logistics industry – the Golden Pegasus Award,and “the Most Valued Chinese Brands in the Logistics Industry”.

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