Continental/China Southern enters strategic partnership

Continental Airlines has announced a strategic partnership deal with China Southern, a new Skyteam Alliance member set for November/December 2007 entry.

The partnership will begin in September, first covers frequent flyer programs.

Second phase begins in November, where codeshare on trans-pacific flights will be in effect. China Southern will place its “CZ” code on Continental’s Newark – Beijing while Continental’s “CO” code appears Guangzhou – Los Angeles. Selected domestic codeshares flights also expected.