Southern Airlines to forward freight

CHINA Southern Airlines will join rivals Air China and China Eastern Airlines in establishing its own freight-forwarding subsidiary.

Si Xianmin, chairman of Southern Airlines, said the company will have full operational control of the new subsidiary.

China Southern is embarking on network and fleet expansion. The firm will open routes to Perth (Australia) in the second half of the year, and explore Europe, India and the US.

The airline has eight freighters with plans to purchase more over the next five years in order to bring contributions of freight transportation to 10 per cent of its total revenue.

China Southern will receive deliveries of two A380s in the second half of the year and a 787 in the four quarter of 2012.

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