China Southern eyes a new Los Angeles route

16 Jul 2018 by Craig Bright
China Southern Boeing 787-8 landing

China Southern looks to have its eyes on a new route to Los Angeles that would see the airline provide Shenyang with a thrice-weekly non-stop service to the Californian city.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the airline has submitted an application for a new Shenyang-Los Angeles route with a proposed start date of November 2018.

This would be the only non-stop flight between the two cities, FlightGlobal reports.

Three different aircraft have been included in the proposal – the Boeing 777, B787 and Airbus A330 – though it is unclear whether the route will be operated by a combination of these aircraft or whether a decision simply has yet to be finalised on a single aircraft to fly the route.

Regardless, these aircraft provide plenty of variety when it comes to how they are laid out.

Both the B777 and China Southern’s older B787-8 offer a first class cabin, while just one of China Southern’s two configurations for its A330-300 offers it. The airline’s newer B787-9, however, does not offer first class.

China Southern Boeing 787-8 Business Class

For business class though, all these aircraft offer different products. The B777 and the B787-9 are the only ones of these to offer seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, meaning direct aisle access for all passengers. The B787 and both configurations of the A330-300 have the business class cabin laid out in a 2-2-2 set up.

The A330-300 is also the only one of the proposed aircraft that doesn’t offer fully flat seating (seats recline to just 160 degrees).

China Southern’s new US route follows the initiation of a codeshare agreement with American Airlines in March last year, after the US carrier purchased 270 million shares in the Chinese airline.

American Airlines has since seemed to be dialling back its own flights to China in the months since, with its non-stop flights between Chicago and Beijing set to cease this October.

China Southern, meanwhile, has been targeting a number of new non-stop routes connecting major international cities with smaller Chinese destinations, notably connecting London with both Sanya and Wuhan.

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