Founded 29 years ago on July 1988, China Southern Airlines has grown vastly since it became independent from the Chinese airline authority Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1991. As part of this new independence, in 1995 the airline made an important agreement with the US government (that still stands today) which allowed the airline to fly freely into America. 12 years later, China Southern Airlines became an official member of the major airline alliance group SkyTeam. This alliance consists of various airlines across the world that cooperate to bring passengers the highest standard of travel via air that's possible. With headquarters located in the Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, and the main hub in Beijing, it is one of three major airline companies within China. With its recognisable bright-blue tail and red Kapok flower at the centre, it has a fleet of over 700 aircraft, a staff of around 100,000 and can offer over 2,000 flights across the world to more than 200 destinations to its travellers.
China Southern Airlines flies both domestic and international flights on a daily basis. To provide customers with a choice of affordability, the airline offers four different types of services.
Families can opt for the 'family couch' that features a specially designed leg rest which lifts up to create a flatbed, so the whole family can relax and sleep together in comfort. Toys, Pillows and blankets are provided for in-flight. For frequent flyers, there is the Sky Pearl Club which allows customers to collect mileage, not just for Southern China Airlines but for all companies that are members of the SkyTeam. There are three levels of membership; Gold, Silver and Base, with Gold offering great privileges such as VIP lounges, priority check-in and seat preferences.
Baggage allowance on China Southern Airlines is a maximum of 50 kg per person on domestic flights and 45 kg on international/regional flights. First Class passengers are permitted two items of carry-on baggage of 5 kg each and Economy passengers one 5 kg bag. The airline provides up-to-date online check-in, SMS check-in and desk check-in options. Note: if passengers prefer to use the desk check-in at the airport, the cut-off point for this is 30 minutes before the stated flight departure time.