China Southern Airlines have announced that their Airbus A380 will be coming to Australia, to be operated on their Guangzhou to Sydney route One of the airlines 5 Airbus A380 aircraft will begin flying the route from 27 October 2013 replacing the Airbus A330-300 that currently operates on this route. “Australia remains our most important overseas market and the test bed for our global strategy,” China Southern executive vice president Chen Gang said. “Our Canton Route via Guangzhou is the new and exciting way for Australians to fly and we are absolutely thrilled that they will soon be able to stop over in this vibrant city with a free transit permit for up to 72 hours to try some authentic Cantonese Yum Cha, enjoy the local culture and shop ’til they drop,” Mr Chen said. In addition Melbourne and Sydney will see China Southern’s new A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft from October which has the airlines all new business class flatbeds in business along personal screens throughout. Early this month the airline introduced A330-223 aircraft on Brisbane and Perth routes. Australian and New Zealand passengers travelling to China via Guangzhou will soon be able to utilize visa free entry into the country.
We have been able to obtain exclusive first photos of China Southern Airlines A380 Interior Cabin, which includes a picture of their new First Class Suite, Business Class Seat and one of the on-board Bars. China Southern Airlines First Class Platinum Suite China Southern Airlines refers to their First Class Suite as the Platinum Suite, design wise they are full private suites similar to what Singapore Airlines & Emirates have put in First Class on in their Airbus A380s. First Class suites are each equipped with a 23” LCD screen which will make good use of the aircrafts IFE Video on demand system which can provide up to 1,200 on demand entertainment options, or 600 hours of entertainment. China Southern Airlines Business Class Seat As revealed in our article on the China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map Business Class has a total of 70 seat laid out in an alternating 1-2-1 seating configuration, in addition to this we can reveal Business Class seats are equipped with 15.4” LCD screens China Southern Airlines A380 Bar Below is a picture of one of the three on board first/business class bars, it looks more like a self service bar, however we are waiting on more photos to see if the aircraft is configured with a bar similar to that found behind Business Class on Emirates A380. Based on the information we have received from China Southern Airlines and with reference to the China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map which we also published today, this bar is located at the front of business class. Also based on the seat map and information we have received from CSA this area in front of Business Class has another Bar as well as an entertainment area with video entertainment and video game options. As always we want to know what you think so what thoughts on these China Southern Airlines A380 Cabin Photos?
China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map Diagram has been released by the airline and it reveals some interesting details about its internal cabin design and layout. The China Southern A380 Seat Map can be seen below (Click for a larger version) In First Class there are 8 private suites referred to as Platinum First Class Suites which are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration and are located at the front of the main deck. In our option the choice First Class Seats are either 1 A/K or 2 A/K because there is no suite next to them, this is if you are travelling on your own, however if you are travelling with a partner the middle 1 D/G or 2 D/G would be preferred. In Business Class there are 70 seats that are configured in an offset 1-2-1 seating configuration; Business Class is located at the front of the Aircraft. In Business Class the best seats are 11 A/K or 17 D/G however it should be noted 11 A/K is near what I suspect to be one of the bars, and 17 D/G is close to the galley. Will need to hear from some firsthand reports before There are 428 seats in China Southern Airlines Economy Class laid out in a 3-4-3 seating configuration. Economy is located both on the main deck (25 seats) behind First Class and also on the upper deck behind Business. The best seats in Economy Class look to be 31 A,C,H,K or failing these 32 A,B,C,H,J or K
China’s largest airline China Southern Airlines now has the honor of becoming the seventh airline in the world and first airline in China to put the Airbus A380 into commercial service, after the airlines maiden flight on the Beijing-Guangzhou Service earlier today. The China Southern A380 has a total of 506 seats with 8 Private First Class Suites which are located at the front of the lower deck, 70 Business Class Seats that are found at the front of the upper deck and 428 Economy Class Seats located both on the lower deck (behind First class) and upper deck (behind Business Class) Entertainment wise the China Southern Airbus A380 features a state of art Video on Demand IFE System that features 1200 on demand titles or 600 hours of entertainment. First Class suites feature 23 inch hi definition LCD screens. Mr. Si Xianmin , General Manager of China Southern Air Holding Company said: “we have confidence, capability and strength to achieve safe and effective operation of A380. The arrival of A380 will inevitably form a huge push strength, which will drive China Southern Airlines to speed up internationalization and provide a strong support for CSN to achieve its strategic development objects.” Mr. Tom Enders , the CEO of Airbus said: “In taking delivery of A380, China Southern Airlines has helped us to open the next chapter of our lasting partnership with the Chinese aviation industry. And to further strengthen the much wider and growing relationship between China and Europe.” China Southern Airlines intends to spread A380 love around china with this same aircraft being put into service on the Beijing – Pudong Shanghai Beijing service from 27-29 October 2011, after its initial Beijing-Guangzhou-Beijing service. China Southern Airlines expects to recieve its second Airbus A380 aircraft later this year, the airline has not yet announced if this aircraft will be put into service on another domestic route or on an international route.
China Southern and Air France have signed a joint venture agreement which will come into effect on 1 November 2010 and allow for the code sharing of each other’s services on the Paris Guangzhou route The full media release from China Southern Airlines can be read below: STRENGTHENED COOPERATION BETWEEN AIR FRANCE AND CHINA SOUTHERN WITH THE SIGNING OF A JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT Paris- September 21, 2010- Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group and Tan Wan Geng, President and Chief Executive Officer of China Southern, today signed a joint venture agreement at Paris-Charles de Gaulle which will come into effect on 1 November 2010 and which is based on sharing revenues on the Paris-Guangzhou route. As a reminder, all Air France and China Southern flights between Paris and Guangzhou are operated on a code-share basis. Customers of both airlines therefore benefit from a wider choice of departure times and more frequencies. Several other connecting destinations beyond these two cities will gradually be introduced on a code-share basis within the framework of this joint venture. “This joint venture agreement strengthens the links which already exist between Air France and China Southern, who are also partners within the SkyTeam alliance. It consolidates our position in one of the most buoyant regions of the world and enables us to offer our customers improved service whilst maintaining costs. In this way, the Air France-KLM group is confirming its rank as European airline leader to China”, declared Pierre-Henri Gourgeon. Air France and China Southern will have joint governance of the joint venture. A management committee will be implemented, with five working groups in charge of implementing the joint venture agreements in the fields of network management, revenue management, sales, products and finance. “By joining forces, China Southern – China’s leading airline and Air France – a European major – are entering a new phase of cooperation. The joint venture will enable both airlines to improve their competitiveness on a very buoyant market”, added Tan Wan Geng. Since 2004, Air France and China Southern have been operating code-share flights between Paris and Guangzhou thanks to an agreement signed in 2003. On this route, China Southern today uses its CZ code on Air France’s three weekly flights and Air France uses its code on China Southern’s four weekly flights, thus offering 7 code-share flights by Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A340. China Southern has also been operating a daily flight by Boeing 777-200, between Guangzhou and Amsterdam since 2001 on which KLM codeshares. KLM also operates a joint-venture with China Southern Airlines between Amsterdam and Beijing since June 2006.
China Southern Airlines have announced that it has introduced Premium Economy Class on services From Guangzhou to Sydney Australia. Addition expansion of the Premium Economy service will continue from 31 October 2010 when it is expanded to Brisbane and Melbourne bound routes. The full media release from China Southern Airlines can be read below: China Southern Rolls Out Premium Economy Class To Australia GUANGZHOU, China, September 3, 2010 – China Southern Airlines, (NYSE:ZNH) (HKSE: 1055) (SHA: 600029) – www.csair.com/global – a member of SkyTeam and the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China has started rolling out Premium Economy Class service on its Guangzhou – Sydney route using all-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. China Southern Premium Economy travelers enjoy an exceptional class of seating and superior cabin service from standard Economy with special advance round trip fares starting as low as RMB 6200 (1,003 AUD). Starting October 31, China Southern Airlines’ Premium Economy service will be further available on the Guangzhou – Brisbane and Guangzhou – Melbourne routes. International Premium Economy Class on China Southern Airlines offers a premium travel experience and includes: 40% Additional Space: Seat pitch has been extended from Economy pitch of 32 to 37 inches for expanded legroom. China Southern’s fully re-designed Airbus A330-300 cabin offers 47 Premium Economy seats (separated by curtains) and portable doors to guarantee travelers a discreet private space; Superior Cabin Services: Special personal touches include newspapers, double-thick wool blanket and pillows; fresh seasonal fruits, noise-reduction headphones, private washing kit and savory red and white Australian wines Exclusive Premium Economy Check-in Counter: Travelers can enjoy the special privilege of a private Premium Economy check-in counter and an extra luggage allowance of 15kg; Exceptional Ground Service: Priority baggage delivery upon arrival, boarding at passengers’ convenience and priority class upgrade (if Premium Economy cabin is overbooked); Bonus FFP Miles: Sky Pearl Club members travelling in Premium Economy Class will earn 110% FFP mileage … and through December 30, 2010, will receive an additional 3,000 bonus FFP miles. About China Southern Airlines For more than 31 years, China Southern – www.csair.com/global – has ben the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China and is headquartered at the ultra-modern Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. China Southern operates a fleet of 400 modern aircraft and serves 172 cities in 30 countries and regions, forming an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs.
China Southern Airlines announced in Guangzhou that they added Langham, Mandarin Oriental, Jinling and Garden Hotel as their new hotel partners. The company also said that the number of its frequent flyers has reached 4.1 million by December 3, 2007. With the new hotels’ participation, China Southern Airlines has expanded its hotel partners to 10, including Shangri-La, Marriott, InterContinental, Accor and 7 Days Inn. The frequent flyers from China Southern Airlines are entitled to enjoy discounts and special services when they stay in those partner hotels.