China Southern Airlines
Beijing Travel News ( Press Release )
China Southern Airlines Pushes Into Global Airline Top 20;
Now Recognized As One of the World's Leading Passenger Airlines
China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) (HKSE: 1055), the largest airline in The People's
Republic of China
is pleased to announce that it has cracked the 20 Million mark of passengers carried for the first
time in its
history - and is aiming for carrying 30 Million passengers in 2003.
On Monday, December 9, with the final ticking of the massive departure screen at China
Airlines' domestic check-in counter at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, an assembled
exploded into a frenzy as they welcomed China Southern Airlines' 20 Millionth passenger ever -
Mr. Xie Ke
who was travelling from Guangzhou to Shanghai. Mr. Xie became an instant celebrity by the
Mr. Xie's instant celebrity status as the 20 Millionth passenger for China Southern Airlines is
the incredible growth of China's largest airline.
As airlines continue to falter and fail around the globe, China Southern Airlines' growth is
For more than two decades, China Southern Airlines has been the largest airline in The People's
of China in terms of aircraft fleet, extensive network and passenger traffic.
And in October 2003, the largest airport in China and one of the largest in Asia will open - the
China Southern currently operates 119 aircraft including Boeing 777, 747, 757 and 737 and
serving more than 380 domestic and International routes. China's largest airline has formed an
extensive network covering the whole of China and radiating throughout Asia with convenient
to Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States. With more than 19 Million passengers carried
(one-fourth of the total traffic in the Chinese aviation industry), China Southern Airlines
dominance as the leading airline of China.
China Southern Airlines (the former CAAC Guangzhou Administration Bureau) has in the past
quickly ramped-up its passenger traffic numbers. In 1991 when China Southern Airlines was
established, its passenger traffic total was a mere 5.69 Million which today would be a small
carrier in the USA.
China Southern Airlines started hitting its stride in the mid-90's when it powered through the 10
mark in 1994 - then 15 Million in 1996.
In 2000 as Chinese economy continued to grow, China Southern Airlines' passenger traffic
well with an additional 1.5 Million flying that year. That summer, China Southern became the
experiment" for airline mergers in China as it absorbed the operations of China Zhongyuan
The following year, its passenger traffic reached 19.1 Million - an increase of more than Two
the previous year.
It is estimated that China Southern Airlines will end Year 2002 with more than 21.3 Million
(more than Two Million over 2001). During the past decade, China Southern Airlines has grown
times in size.
In 2000, IATA ranked China Southern Airlines (with 16.7 Million passengers carried) as the 24th
airline in the world.
In Asia, China Southern Airlines was the sixth largest carrier in Asia that year behind All Nippon
Japan Airlines, Japan Air System, Korean Air and Thai International Airways.
In 2001, China Southern Airlines surpassed Thai International Airways and moved into the top
This year, with the consolidation between Japan Air System and Japan Airlines and continued
slowdown of airlines in Europe - typified by the recent bankruptcy of United Airlines in the
China Southern Airlines continues to grow at a double digit rate.
Globally in Year 2000, China Southern Airlines was ranked as the 24th largest airline in the
moved to #21 in 2001 - surpassing KLM Royal Dutch Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Thai
Industry experts predict that China Southern Airlines will not only be listed within the Top 20 of
airlines in the world but most likely end 2002 as the 19th largest airline in the world - the first
Chinese airline to step into this elite group.
On October 11 of this year, the three large Chinese air transport groups were founded in Beijing.
merger is fully integrated bewteen China Southern Airlines, China Northern Airlines and
China Southern Air Holding Company will either own or operate 180 aircraft serving 666 routes
assets of more than RMB50.1 Billion. This will provide the new China Southern Airlines with
never-before served markets such as Moscow, and Islamabad.
And based upon passenger traffic numbers in 2001, the new China Southern Air Holding
passenger traffic would surpass 26 Million, accounting for one third of the entire Chinese
And if you were to add the combined 2002 traffic of China Southern Airlines with that of China
Airlines and Xinjiang Airlines, total passengers would be more than 28 Million.
In 2003, with the integration of the three merged carriers and improved Chinese macro-economy,
China Southern Airlines is expected to break through the 30 Million mark in passenger traffic
not only surpass Korean Air but position China Southern as one of the top three airlines in Asia.
The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 23 years, China Southern
www.cs-air.com/en connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation
destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong,
Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan and as well as international service, including: Amsterdam,
Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila,
Moscow, Osaka, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
For China Southern Airlines reservations and information, please contact your local travel agent.
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