Furthering the airlines' investment strategy worldwide
Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. announced that on December 28, 2018, as a part of its strategy to invest in the strongest airlines around the world and continue enhancing operations and network connectivity, it has completed an on-market purchase of certain A shares and H shares of China Southern Airlines Company Limited, resulting in their aggregate holding of approximately 5.00 per cent of the total issued share capital of China Southern Airlines.
The Chairman of Qatar Airways, His Excellency, Ali Shareef Al Emadi said, "Qatar Airways regards our shareholding in China Southern Airlines as an important part of our strategic investment in the largest airline in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets.”
The Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency, Akbar Al Baker added, “China Southern Airlines is one of the most prestigious airlines in the Chinese domestic market and an important market player in the world, with massive potential for cooperation in the future. Given the complementary strengths and resources of each of China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways, there are opportunities for us to work together and build a long-term relationship in ways that would bring benefits to customers of both airlines. The investment is a clear demonstration of Qatar Airways’ continued commitment to connecting travellers across all corners of the world in a way that is meaningful and convenient. Qatar Airways very much looks forward to the opportunity to deepen our working relationship with this great airline and further enhance the travel opportunities across the globe."
This investment further supports Qatar Airways' investment strategy which already includes its 20 per cent investment in International Airlines Group, its 10 per cent investment in LATAM Airlines Group, its 49 per cent investment in Air Italy and its 9.99 per cent investment in Cathay Pacific.