Category Archives: China Southern Airlines

Boeing delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner to AerCap and China Southern

Boeing's 787th Boeing 787

Boeing has delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.

Since its first delivery in September, 2011, the 787 family has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the airplane’s superior fuel efficiency and range.

The airplane was delivered to AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and 787 customer. Sporting a special logo commemorating the production milestone, the airplane will be leased and operated by China Southern, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.

China Southern Airlines first ordered 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when they placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.

The 787s have enabled the airline to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe; Vancouver, British Columbia, in North America; and Perth, Auckland, and Christchurch in the Oceania region.

About China Southern Airlines

As China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates more than 800 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747 and 737s. The carrier operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2018, 1,457 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Los Angeles, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by China Southern): China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1168 (msn 38797) (787th Boeing 787) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 944679.

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American Airlines and China Southern Airlines to expand partnership

Delivered on January 27, 2017

American Airlines and China Southern Airlines are taking steps to strengthen their partnership with a significant expansion of codeshare cooperation and the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access. The carriers announced the news today at a signing ceremony in Guangzhou, China.

“We are very pleased with the progress we have made so far in our newly formed relationship with the largest airline in Asia,” said Robert Isom, President of American Airlines. “We look forward to building on our successes with a significant expansion of our codeshare cooperation and the addition of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access. With the opening of Beijing Daxing International Airport in 2019, and the ability to cooperate fully with China Southern, we are incredibly excited about American’s future in the Chinese market.”

“We are delighted to see our partnership with American Airlines being further strengthened,” said Zhang Lin, Assistant President of China Southern Air Holding Company Limited. “The advanced cooperation between China Southern and American will help both of us extend networks and meet passenger demands through sharing resources. Our cooperation is market- and passenger-oriented, founded on a win-win relationship. It corresponds to the need for frequent and intimate exchange between China and the U.S. and is in line with our value proposition of customer first. Our partnership with American is an important move in China Southern’s initiative to build new international relationships.”

American and China Southern’s reciprocal codeshare, which launched in January, gives American’s customers better access to interior China and China Southern’s customers better access to the U.S. Pending regulatory approvals, the carriers will expand the codeshare in early 2019 as follows:

American expansion on China Southern:

  • In addition to the 14 cities currently served beyond Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), American will place its AA* code on flights to additional cities from PEK and introduce codeshare service beyond Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
    • From PEK:
      • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)
      • Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (KWE)
      • Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)
      • Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)
      • Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX)
    • From PVG:
      • SYX
      • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
      • Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE)
      • Changsha Huanghua International Airport (CSX)
      • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)
      • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC)
      • Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB)
      • Changchun Longjia International Airport (CGQ)
      • Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO)
  • With this expansion, American will have its AA* code on flights operated by China Southern to 20 cities in China beyond PEK and PVG.

China Southern expansion on American:

  • In addition to the six cities in the U.S. currently served by China Southern on American, China Southern will place its CZ* code on additional flights beyond Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
    • From LAX:
      • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
      • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
      • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
      • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
      • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL)
      • McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS)
      • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
      • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
      • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
      • Portland International Airport (PDX)
      • Denver International Airport (DEN)
      • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
      • Tucson International Airport (TUS)
    • From SFO:
      • LAX
      • JFK
      • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
      • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
      • Miami International Airport (MIA)
      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
    • From JFK:
      • LAX
      • BOS
      • MCO
      • MIA
      • DFW
      • Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU)
      • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
      • Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (PHX)
  • With this expansion, China Southern will have its CZ* code on flights operated by American to 21 cities in the U.S. beyond LAX, SFO and JFK.

Long-haul codeshare

  • American and China Southern will also begin codesharing on each other’s trans-Pacific flights between the U.S. and China.
  • American will place its AA* code on the following China Southern flights:
    • From LAX:
      • CAN
      • SHE (service starts December 2018)
    • From SFO:
      • CAN
      • Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH)
    • From JFK:
      • CAN
  • China Southern will place its CZ* code on the following American flights:
    • From DFW:
      • PEK
      • PVG
    • From LAX:
      • PEK
      • PVG

American and China Southern will also launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits early next year, giving customers the ability to earn and redeem miles on the other carrier’s flights. American Airlines AAdvantage® members will be able to earn and redeem miles throughout China Southern’s network of more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions. China Southern Sky Pearl Club members will have the ability to earn and redeem miles throughout American’s network of 6,700 daily flights to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

Additionally, American and China Southern will begin offering reciprocal lounge access next year. Eligible American Airlines customers will have access to selected China Southern Sky Pearl Lounges throughout Asia and eligible China Southern customers will have access to selected American Airlines lounges around the world.

The new codeshare routes will be available for sale in due course with the first day of travel expected in early 2019. The reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access will also take effect early next year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N825AA (msn 40644) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944588.

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China Southern Airlines announces new nonstop Los Angeles to Shenyang, China service

China Southern Airlines Airbus A330-323 B-5965 (msn 1593) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941405.

On December 18, 2018, China Southern Airlines is commencing new nonstop service from Los Angeles to Shenyang, China. Shenyang is located in the northeast corner of China and is the fourth largest city in the country.

Shenyang was China’s first capital from 1625 until 1644, and was the home to the former Imperial Palace, A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. In 2008, during the Summer Olympic Games, Shenyang hosted soccer matches at the Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium.

An overview of the new schedule is as follows:

  • From LAX (Los Angeles) to SHE (Shenyang)
  • Beginning Dec. 18, 2018
  • Three Weekly Flights (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Departure from LAX 00:40; Arrival at SHE 05:10 + 1 day
  • Departure from SHE 01:20; Arrival at LAX 21:00 – 1 day
  • Service with Airbus A330-300

In the US, China Southern Airlines currently has ten weekly direct flights from Los Angeles to Guangzhou, ten weekly direct flights from New York to Guangzhou, four weekly direct flights from San Francisco to Guangzhou, and three weekly direct flights from San Francisco to Wuhan (extended to Guangzhou); In Canada, China Southern has daily direct flights from Vancouver to Guangzhou, five weekly direct flights from Toronto to Guangzhou; Additionally, three weekly flights depart from Mexico City via Vancouver to Guangzhou.

Top Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Airbus A330-323 B-5965 (msn 1593) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941405.

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China Southern to take delivery of the 787th Boeing 787

Boeing made this announcement on social media:

The 787th 787 Dreamliner is freshly painted! This jet will soon join China Southern’s fleet. With 210+ new nonstop routes around the world, the largest windows and other cabin comforts, it’s no wonder passengers love it.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (B-1168) wears a “787th Boeing 787” special logo and has been rolled out of the paint shop pending delivery.

All photos by Boeing.

China Southern to leave the SkyTeam alliance

China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B WL B-5640 (msn 38918) (SkyTeam) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 944381.

China Southern Airlines will leave the SkyTeam alliance on January 1, 2019.

SkyTeam issued this statement:

China Southern Airlines has decided not to renew its contract with SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, as of 1 January 2019.

China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic development, the changing trends of the global aviation industry and the evolution of alliances.

SkyTeam and China Southern have agreed to work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for all customers and partners. That process will run throughout 2019 and will complete by the year-end.

Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO, “Network has always been the foundation of SkyTeam. Our new value proposition retains that strong integrated network and combines it with our continued focus on improving customer experience through technology. China Southern has been a valued member of SkyTeam. We respect its decision and wish it well.”

Top Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B WL B-5640 (msn 38918) (SkyTeam) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 944381.

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AerCap takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX for China Southern

AerCap Holdings N.V. has today announced that it has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The aircraft will be leased to China Southern Airlines, the first of 5 aircraft to go on lease to the airline from AerCap’s 737 MAX order book with Boeing.

AerCap has a total of 104 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft owned and on order, delivering through 2022.

AerCap and China Southern Airlines have recorded several firsts in recent years. In March 2018, AerCap made history when it delivered China Southern Airlines’ first A321neo, making the airline the first operator of the aircraft type in China. In 2016, AerCap delivered the first Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo into China, to China Southern Airlines.

Photo: AerCap.

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines now form a single joint venture

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have today announced in Amsterdam the merger of their existing joint venture agreements. The aim is to create even stronger links between the partners and offer customers smoother, seamless travel solutions.

By connecting the four airlines’ networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinationsconnecting Europe (Paris and Amsterdam) to China (Beijing*, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen). Transfer and connection times are also optimized.

It has been a good week for France.

Air France-KLM customers can also earn Flying Blue Miles on all flights operated within this joint venture formed by the four airlines.

This extended joint venture marks an important step for Air France-KLM. Moreover, it contributes tostrengthening the two airlines’ position on the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow. Everyyear, the four airlines – Air France, KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines – carry some 1,250,000 passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes.

Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, stated: “In 2016 we celebrated 10 years joint venture between KLM and China Southern, today we merge the existing two joint ventures into one. I’m proud of this joint venture because it serves to further intensify Air France-KLM’s interests in China. Joining forces offers ourcustomers an extensive, seamless network within China and Europe.”

Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Air France-KLM added: “We are proud to pursue our cooperation with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines by combining the existing joint-ventures. Our single joint venture will at the same time preserve the benefits our customers enjoy and safeguard Air France-KLM’s position in China.”

Beyond the joint venture, the airlines closely cooperate in other areas, notably in airport handling, catering and aircraft maintenance services. For example, Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance carries outengine maintenance for Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787 fleet. More closely-integrated partnerships are also being discussed in other areas, such as aircraft maintenance, or cargo operations.

A global joint venture between Europe and China

Since 2006, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines have been operating a joint venture on the Amsterdam-Beijing service.

In 2015, Xiamen Airlines joined this joint venture on the Amsterdam-Xiamen route. In 2010, France formed a partnership with China Southern Airlines to also create a joint venture on the Paris-Guangzhou route. These agreements are currently combined to form a single joint venture between Europe and China.

Below: Xiamen Air is now the last passenger operator of the Boeing 757-200 in China. The 757s will soon be retired.