CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 12, 2000--China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH; HKSE:1055), the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, has today launched its first-ever transpacific cargo operation with Boeing 747 freight service between Shenzhen and Chicago.
China Southern Airlines' new Shenzhen-Chicago service originates from the recent bilateral agreement between the United States and The People's Republic of China, signed last year. Golden, Colo.-based Atlas Air will operate China Southern Airlines' new Boeing 747-200 cargo service under a long-term agreement that covers aircraft, crews, insurance and maintenance.
At the official dedication ceremony in Shenzhen, China Southern Airlines' President Yan Zhi Qin said, ``This is a milestone in China Southern's expansion into the international air cargo market, revealing the solid resources of Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta in meeting the global economic challenge. The launch of this new 747 freighter service, prior to China's entry into the World Trade Organization, will most assuredly create additional new business opportunities and provide a solid foundation for increased economic and social development in the region.''
Yan added, ``Through continued enterprise reforms, China Southern Airlines stands as the vanguard in China's airline industry. We are committed to be actively involved in domestic and international aviation competition and contribute to our nation's economic and social development, especially the rapid growth seen in Western China.''
China Southern Airlines will hold an inaugural dinner reception tomorrow evening, April 13, at the Chicago Room, Sheraton Gateway Suites, Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 6 p.m. Slated to head the list of dignitaries on hand in Chicago is Wei Ruixing, Consul General, The People's Republic of China in Chicago.
For additional information in Chicago regarding the new freighter service, phone China Southern Airlines' new cargo sales office at 773/601-8800, via fax at 773/601-8866 or via e-mail at WELLSZHENG@email.msn.com.
China Southern Airlines' new Boeing 747-200 service, listed as CZ Flight 391, will depart Shenzhen every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoon and arrive the same day in Chicago with a technical stop in Anchorage, Alaska. The return flight back to China, listed as CZ Flight 392, will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.