China Southern to launch A380 on Los Angeles route

8 Aug 2012 by BusinessTraveller

China Southern is to add its Airbus A380 aircraft to the Guangzhou-Los Angeles route from October 12.

The superjumbo will operate on daily flights CZ237 departing Guangzhou at 2100, and CZ238 leaving Los Angeles at 2330.

The aircraft will replace the current B777-200 serving the route, increasing capacity by nearly 80 per cent, and it’s also significant given the proximity of Guangzhou to Hong Kong.

It’s the first regular international A380 route for the carrier, which has so far operated the aircraft on routes between Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, although China Southern did briefly offer flights between Beijing and the special administrative region of Hong Kong with the superjumbo (see online news February 13).

It’s also the first scheduled A380 route from China to the US. Air France, Korean Air, Qantas and Singapore Airlines have all previously launched superjumbo services to the Californian city of Los Angeles.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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