• First photos: China Southern's Airbus A350 business class

    China Southern will pick up the keys to its first Airbus A350 in June, with a new business class seat (but no first class) taking price of place at the pointy end. The former SkyTeam member has released onto Chinese social media network Weibo these two 'sneak preview' photos of its Airbus A...

    POSTED 13 May, 2019 8 Comments

  • China Southern to leave SkyTeam in January 2019

    China Southern is quitting the SkyTeam, in a move which robs the alliance of its largest Chinese partner and is sure to encourage rumours that the Guangzhou-based airline could join Oneworld. A media statement issued by SkyTeam said "China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic de...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 21 Comments

  • Beijing's new mega-airport will shake up Chinese airline market

    Like ancient warlords, China's three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China controlling Beijing, China Eastern holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of B...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 12 Comments

  • China Southern's US$6 billion bet on the Airbus A350

    China Southern plans to buy 20 A350 wide-body aircraft from Airbus in a deal worth about US$6 billion, providing a boost for the manufacturer amid production delays and order deferrals. The Guangzhou-based company, which ranks as Asia’s largest airline by passenger numbers, will take deliv...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • China Southern: no Brisbane lounge for business class passengers

    Business class travellers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members jetting to Guangzhou with China Southern will now find themselves without airport lounge access in Brisbane. The airline previously sent its premium passengers to the Air New Zealand lounge in Brisbane, but which is soon to be closed or at...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2015 6 Comments

  • China Southern Airbus A380s return to Sydney-Guangzhou

    China Southern’s Airbus A380 will return to Sydney across the Australian summer on one of its two daily Sydney-Guangzhou flights. Replacing the smaller Airbus A330 between October 26 2015 and March 26 2016, the A380 will run on CZ326 from Sydney and CZ325 from Guangzhou, with flights now o...

    POSTED 29 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • Qantas, China Southern partnership to take flight on April 11

    Codeshare flights on the new Qantas/China Southern alliance are now on sale for travel from May 1 as Qantas looks to boost its relevance to Australians travelling to China. Under the agreement, Qantas travellers will be be able to book and fly codeshare China Southern flights from Sydney, M...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2014 10 Comments

  • China Southern to fly to Frankfurt (with stopover at Changsha)

    China Southern will add Frankfurt to its growing Canton Route network in June, but for Australian travellers it'll be a two-stop service. The Guangzhou-Frankfurt flights will call in at Changsha, a city directly north of Guangzhou in the Hunan Province, before spearing north-west ...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2014 4 Comments

  • Is a Qantas/China Southern alliance on the way?

    Update | Qantas and China Southern have confirmed they will enter a limited codeshare alliance effective from early 2014. Previous | Speculation is mounting that Qantas may add China Southern to its list of partners as the Flying Kangaroo seeks to fill the Chinese gap in its network. The tie-up...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2013 7 Comments

  • China Southern tags Boeing 787s, 777-300s for Europe, USA expansion

    China Southern will earmark its new Boeing 787s and long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets for adding new routes into Europe and the USA as the airline moves to broaden the worldwide network reaching out from its hub in Guangzhou. The airline recently revealed it will launch a direct New York service ...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • China Southern promises better meals, more Aussie crew

    China Southern will upgrade its inflight dining and employ more Australian crew as the airline continues its push into the local market with today’s launch of a daily Airbus A380 service between Sydney and Guangzhou. China Southern CEO Tan Wangeng said the changes were being made based on ...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2013 6 Comments

  • China Southern's Airbus A380 now flying Sydney-Guangzhou

    China Southern begin daily Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and its home base of Guangzhou today, Monday 28 October, making this Sydney’s fourth superjumbo service alongside Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. The A380 will take over the airline’s CZ325/326 service, which depa...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2013 3 Comments

  • China Southern to launch New York flights in 2014

    China Southern will begin flights between New York and its home hub of Guangzhou next year using its new Boeing 777-300ER as the airline gears up for continued international growth. “Currently we don’t have any presence on the (North American) east coast, so next year we plan to laun...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2013 5 Comments

  • Inside China Southern's Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    China Southern's Boeing 787 will make its international debut on routes from Guangzhou to Auckland and London in late October – and for Australian travellers that means the Dreamliner will slot into the airline's Canton Route from Sydney to London, along with China Southern's new Airbus A38...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2013 11 Comments

  • China Southern's Kangaroo Route combo: Airbus A380 + Boeing 787

    China Southern is set to serve up its two newest flagship aircraft on the Sydney-London route from October 27, tempting travellers with both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner on each leg of the 23 hour trip. Provided passengers can overcome any nervousness regarding the trouble-prone Boe...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2013 7 Comments

  • China Southern's Guangzhou hub gets visa-free stopovers

    Guangzhou will join Beijing and Shanghai in granting visa-free stopovers to Australian travellers from August 1st this year. Under new transit permit rules to be introduced later this year, passport holders of Australia and 44 other countries can enjoy a visa-free visit for up to 72 hours p...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2013 1 Comment

  • China Southern: Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to London, Auckland in October

    China Southern will begin Boeing 787 Dreamliner services to London and Auckland in late October, the airline has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller, with Vancouver and Paris tipped to follow. Boeing 787 flights from CZ's Guangzhou hub to London will commence on October 27, with Auckland ...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2013 2 Comments

  • China Southern: Boeing 787 flights to Auckland in December

    China Southern has moved the debut of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Auckland forward to October 28, with a daily service between Auckland and Guangzhou – click here for details. PREVIOUS | China Southern will begin flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Auckland in December, along...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2013 1 Comment

  • China Southern upgrades Sydney flights with lie-flat beds

    China Southern has rolled out another upgrade to its Australian services, with today's debut of the airline's latest Airbus A330 on its Sydney-Guangzhou flight. The aircraft includes fully lie-flat beds in business class, replacing the current angled lie-flat design for a better trip to the airl...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2013 3 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get SkyTeam lounge this year

    Australia’s SkyTeam member airlines will join forces in opening a new lounge in Sydney Airport this year. Modelled on the same lines as SkyTeam’s flagship lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 4 (and shown in the photos on this page), the facility will carry the SkyTeam brand of the S...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2013 4 Comments

  • China Southern Boeing 787: first flights in June, Aussie flights by year's end?

    China Southern has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787, with the Dreamliner's commercial debut planned for June 6th on a daily service between Guangzhou and Beijing (CZ3103/CZ3100) and the possibility of Australian flights before the year is out. While the first 787 flights will take pla...

    POSTED 30 May, 2013 6 Comments

  • China Southern's Sydney-Guangzhou Airbus A380 flights now on sale

    China Southern's new Airbus A380 service between Sydney and Guangzhou is now open for bookings, with the airline offering special promotional prices across all three travel classes for flights from the October 28 inaugural date. Return business class fares start at $2,380, with fi...

    POSTED 28 May, 2013 4 Comments

  • China Southern reveals Boeing 787 schedule: China, Europe, Australasia

    China Southern will send its Boeing 787s to Australia and Europe, an airline executive has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller.   The first of the airline's 10 Dreamliners is due for delivery later this year, with first flights within China for domestic travellers, said China So...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2013 3 Comments

  • China Southern: Airbus A380 flights from Sydney in October

    China Southern will launch its flagship Airbus A380 on Sydney-Guangzhou flights from October 27. The superjumbo will slot into the daily CZ325/326 service, which departs Sydney at 9.50am to reach Guangzhou at 5.30pm. Further down the track Sydney is also tipped to see China Southern's Boeing 78...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • The other Kangaroo Routes: eight one-hop ways to get to London

    Qantas' decades-old Kangaroo Route to London via Singapore is now history, with the Qantas-Emirates alliance anointing Dubai as the new stopover. It's a win for travellers heading to UK and European destinations other than London. With some 30 European cities just a single Emirate...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2013 30 Comments

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