China Southern Airlines will become the first mainland Chinese carrier to gain full formal membership in a global alliance when it signs a "Global Airline Alliance Agreement" with SkyTeam on Nov. 15, Vice MD He Zongkai said. CZ signed a letter of intent with SkyTeam in August 2004, followed by a "Global Airline Alliance Adherence Agreement" in June 2006. Nine working experts from SkyTeam members gave CZ its final appraisal earlier this year. Besides CZ, Air China and Shanghai Airlines are ...

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