China Southern’s previously reported new route to Mexico City has taken off, marking the Chinese carrier’s debut service into Latin America and the longest route in its network.

The new service departs from Guangzhou on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with return flights from Mexico City leaving on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Both legs of the journey will transfer via Vancouver.

China Southern is deploying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which it configures in a three-class set-up with four first (1-2-1), 24 business (2-2-2) and 200 economy (3-3-3) class seats.

Meanwhile, travellers to Mexico City will also be able to make use of fellow Skyteam airline Aeromexico’s flights to additional destinations in Mexico and Latin America, notably Buenos Aires in Argentina and Santiago in Chile.

Details of the Guangzhou (CAN)-Mexico City (MEX) flight are as follows (all times local):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
CZ377 CAN MEX 2330 0515+1 Mon, Thu, Sat
CZ378 MEX CAN 0745 1650+1 Tue, Fri, Sun

Last month, American Airlines announced it would be entering into a codeshare partnership with China Southern following a US$200 million equity investment in the Chinese carrier. The codeshare will enable China Southern customers to travel to 80 destinations in North and South America from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York JFK.