For the geographical region, see South China. China Southern Airlines Company Limited is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. The parent company of China Southern Airlines Company Limited is China Southern Air Holding Company, a state-owned enterprise that was supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and China eastern star alliance Commission of the State Council.
In 1988, CAAC granted its seven regional divisions, among which was the Guangzhou Regional Administration, limited operating autonomy with the status of “associate” airlines. China Southern Airlines began flying under its own name and livery in February 1991. The airline completed its decentralisation from CAAC when it gained independence on 10 October 1993. As such, the airline could from then on restructure itself into shareholding enterprises, independently arrange external financing and establish subsidiaries to complement its core enterprise. During the airline’s early years, the carrier was the dominant domestic carrier. Starting in the mid-1990s, China Southern sought to expand its international reach beyond Asia.