China Southern launches Melbourne-Shenzhen flights this week

China Southern launches Melbourne-Shenzhen flights this week

SkyTeam alliance member China Southern Airlines will begin non-stop Melbourne-Shenzhen flights on June 1 2017: less than three weeks before competitor Air China launches its own service on the same route.

Initially, China Southern’s flights will run twice per week in each direction, growing to three flights per week in July.

Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, high flyers can relax in one of just four first class suites in the very front row…

… with 24 business class seats further back in a 2-2-2 configuration:

The first six rows of economy are also badged as ‘premium economy’ – being a standard economy seat and service but with five inches of extra legroom, elevating the pitch from 32 to 37 inches for the 48 travellers seated across the typical 2-4-2 layout…

… while regular economy looks much the same, tapering to a 2-3-2 seating pattern at the rear of the cabin.

From June 1, flight CZ3073 is wheels-up in Shenzhen at 7:05pm on Thursdays and Saturdays – plus Mondays from July 3 – reaching Melbourne at 6:20am the following morning.

Out of Melbourne, CZ3074 takes to the skies at 8am on Fridays and Sundays from June 2 and on Tuesdays as well from July 4, touching down in Shenzhen at 3:35pm later that day, with flights now on sale via travel agents and the China Southern website:

Air China originally planned to launch its own Melbourne-Shenzhen flights in October 2016, but subsequently delayed their debut to January 2017 and then withdrew from the route before its flights had even begun.

Earlier this month, Air China affirmed that it would offer three flights per week between Melbourne and Shenzhen from June 20 2017, with competitor China Southern taking first honours with its own launch three weeks sooner.

Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

9 comments

  • apacau

    apacau

    29 May, 2017 02:26 pm

    I thought the Chinese government rule was no more than one Chinese carrier on the one route? If that's the case, how does this work? 
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  • Andy H

    Andy H

    29 May, 2017 03:14 pm

    Air china is the exception
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  • lind26

    lind26

    29 May, 2017 07:44 pm

    It must be - because Air China fly Mel to Pvg as does China Eastern.
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  • Dredgy

    Dredgy

    29 May, 2017 09:27 pm

    Such an odd route to have competition on all of a sudden. But hey, beats the land crossing at Hong Kong (I think, I've never actually been to Shenzhen airport).
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  • apacau

    apacau

    30 May, 2017 05:49 am

    Thanks all. Therefore the current speculation re both Hainan and Air China looking at Brisbane-Beijing theoretically could see both carriers on that route!
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  • afloskar

    afloskar

    30 May, 2017 09:05 am

    Beijing Capital and Air china have both applied for PEK-BNE not hainan, they are looking at SZX-BNE.
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  • Craig

    crwilkins

    30 May, 2017 12:22 pm

    Shenzhen is a brand new very nice and modern airport, great for entry into southern china, avoids HKG and the border crossing and has good connections into other destinations in China.
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  • Dredgy

    Dredgy

    30 May, 2017 03:02 pm

    Good to know. I go to Dongguan a fair bit, and the options are via Guangzhou or Hong Kong at the moment. Melbourne is a a bit out of the way for me, but good to have a direct connection. I hope Hainan launch their BNE route.
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  • wcha49

    wcha49

    31 May, 2017 11:10 am

    Indeed. But delays are still terrifying like other chinese airports.
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