The current logo of China Southern Airlines. The airline is a member of SkyTeam.

China Southern Airlines is a Chinese airline that operates out of Guangzhou-Baiyun Int'l Airport, in southeastern China. China Southern Airlines operates with the IATA code CZ and the ICAO code CSN.

China Southern Airlines Airbus A380-841 Tang

A China Southern Airlines A380


China Southern Airlines was founded in 1988 by cobyw1. China Southern Airlines emerged following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Over time, China Southern Airlines took control of and even merged with some of the domestic airlines, making it part of the "Big Three" of China, the other airlines of the Big Three are Air China and China Eastern Airlines.


A China Southern Airlines A330-300 parked at JFK.

Eventually, China Southern Airlines opened foreign investments in the airline. China Southern and United Airlines had a seriously long discussion about this.

When the 777s started operating, China Southern deployed its 777s to Amsterdam-Schiphol Int'l AirportLos Angeles Int'l AirportMelbourne Int'l Airport, and Sydney-Kingsford/Smith Airport. China Southern also inaugurated its first flight to London-Heathrow Int'l Airport in 2012.

Cobyw1 resigned as owner in 2012, and he was succeeded by AK133ER. AK133ER's first action was to replace 777 service to Los Angeles with A380s. He also placed A380s on different routes, too.


  • When flight MH370 disappeared, China Southern Airlines confirmed that 7 of the passengers bought tickets via its codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines.
  • China Southern and China Eastern have discussed some merger plans, but they wouldn't happen for a long time.
  • China Southern is also considering to expand its service into South America.
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