China Southern Prepares For A380 Revenue Service

China Southern Airlines became the first Chinese operator of the Airbus A380 yesterday when its first superjumbo arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport. Registered B-6136, the jet landed to a traditional water cannon salute and delivery festivities as the airline prepares to place it in revenue service on domestic routes between Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.


The aircraft is configured with 506 seats in a 3-class layout, with 8 luxurious First Class “Platinum” suites and 352 Economy Class seats on the main deck, while the upper deck will feature 70 lie-flat Business Class seats and a further 76 Economy Class seats. Innovative mood lighting with several different illumination scenarios create a relaxing environment, complemented by a state-of-the-art on-demand inflight entertainment system in every seat.


Between 17 and 26 October 2011, the jet will operate flight CZ 3000 departing Beijing at 1000 hrs and arriving in Guangzhou at 1315 hrs before returning to the Chinese capital as flight CZ 3999 at 1600 hrs for a 1915 hrs arrival. The aircraft will then be deployed on the Beijing – Shanghai (Pudong) route from 27 to 29 October 2011 operating flight CZ 6000, departing Capital International Airport at 1000 hrs and arriving at Pudong International Airport at 1215 hrs. On the return leg, flight CZ 6999 takes off from Shanghai at 1500 hrs, landing back in Beijing at 1725 hrs.


China Southern Airlines joins fellow Skyteam members Air France and Korean Air in operating the A380. The airline currently has 5 aircraft on order and will schedule the jet on international service pending regulatory approval.


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