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China Southern Airlines And American Airlines Starts Frequent Flyer Programm Cooperation



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On March 21, China Southern Airlines official website announced that since March 20, 2019 (including), China Southern Airlines and American Airlines have cooperated with frequent passengers throughout the network to provide mileage accrual and free tickets for both members in the entire route network.

Guangzhou – China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, is pleased to announce a major expansion of its partnership with American Airlines with the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits which include both accrual and redemption of mileage for free flights.

Beginning Wednesday, March 20, China Southern and American will launch a network-wide, frequent flyer partnership where members of the AAdvantage program and China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club can enjoy accrual and redemption benefits of each other airline. 

Sky Pearl Club mileage may be accrued on more than 6,700 daily American Airlines flights to more than 350 worldwide destinations and Sky Pearl Club members may redeem their FFP mileage on AA flights. 

Concurrently, AAdvantage members can accrue AAdvantage mileage on more than 3,000 daily China Southern Airlines flights to more than 224 worldwide destinations and can likewise redeem their AAdvantage mileage on China Southern flights.

Redeem Chart AA CZ
Redeem Chart AA CZ

This new frequent flyer partnership between China Southern Airlines and American Airlines will provide Sky Pearl Club members with more opportunities to accrue and redeem their valuable mileage and enjoy a new world of travel opportunities.

China Southern Airlines members take the cumulative proportion of American Airlines.

At present, China Southern has signed strategic cooperation agreements with American Airlines, Emirates and Finnair. China Southern Airlines said that the code sharing cooperation between China Southern Airlines and Emirates Airlines is advancing, and the cooperation route is expected to be launched on March 31. Future passengers can transit through Dubai to 3 African cities and 5 Middle Eastern cities. The cooperation route between China Southern Airlines and Finnair is scheduled to be officially launched on April 10 this year. Passengers can transfer to Helsinki to 15 European cities such as Copenhagen and Stockholm, and transfer to Guangzhou, Nanjing and other 8 Chinese cities, as well as Sydney and Auckland.

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Singapore Airlines To Bring Back The World’s Longest Non-Stop Service To JFK



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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on 9 November 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines host the title of flying the world’s longest flight by a whooping distance of 15,344 km between Singapore Changi and Newark Liberty airport. The airlines claims by shifting to JFK International Airport would allow them to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. 

Singapore Airlines’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms. 

The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S.-based companies.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787
Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787

Singapore Airlines will also be operating the route with a 3-class configuration Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft. This aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.

Today, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles.

It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.

“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network.

Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.

Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel.

Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.

This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines

Resuming New York Services From A New Home

Details of the flight services are shown below:

FlightFlight DaysDeparture Time*Arrival Time*Flight Time
SQ 24 SIN-JFKMon, Wed, Sat22573018 hours 5 minutes
SQ 23 JFK-SINMon, Wed, Fri22300610 (+2 days)18 hours 40 minutes
*All timings in local time

Starting on 9 November 2020, flight number SQ24 will operate from Singapore Changi Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport three-times weekly, and same return frequencies under SQ23 will be flown from 11 November 2020.

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