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China Southern Launched Non-stop flight to Christchurch with Dreamliner

Guangzhou, 16 Dec 2015 - China Southern Airliners today launched inaugural flight from Guangzhou and Christchurch. The new service will be a Non-stop flights three-times-weekly direct flight and it will be the first Chinese airline scheduled service to fly to South Island commercially.

The Christchurch service will be operated by China Southern’s Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 aircraft in classical three-class configuration featuring China Southern’s refreshed First Class, Business Class as well as long-haul Economy Class seats. Together with the premium service provided by China Southern’s cabin crew and most advanced inflight on-demand entertainment system in all classes, passengers will enjoy a superior inflight experience when travelling between Guangzhou and Christchurch.

China Southern Chief Operating Office Zhang Zifang said: “China Southern already has a significant presence in New Zeeland and Australia, the Christchurch will help meet demand for both business and leisure traveler bounded for South Island. The launch of Christchurch, together with the recently announced introduction of flights to Rome, highlights our Canton Route strategy, continue to boost Guangzhou’s standing as an international aviation hubs.”

China Southern currently operates up to 70 flights per week between Guangzhou and a number of destinations in Oceania, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Auckland.

The full schedule for the Christchurch service is as follows (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CZ617 CAN CHC 0050/1710 Wed, Fri and Sun
CZ618 CHC CAN 2230/0530+1 Wed, Fri and Sun

About China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd., a proud member of SkyTeam, is directly affiliated with China Southern Air Holding Company, specializing in air transportation services. With headquarters based in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines’ company logo can be seen around the globe with a brilliant red kapok delicately adoring a blue vertical tail fin.

China Southern Airlines operates the largest fleet, most developed route network and largest passenger capacity of any airline in The People's Republic of China.

Currently, China Southern Airlines operates more than 660 passenger and cargo transport aircrafts, including Boeing 787,777, 757& 737 and Airbus A380, 330, 321, 320, 319. The airline fleet is ranked the first in Asia and the third in the world (Data source: IATA 2014, in terms of fleet size) .China Southern Airlines is the first airline in the world to operate both A380 and 787.

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