China Southern launches first direct flight from Guangzhou-New York

26 Feb 2014 by Clement Huang

China Southern will launch the only direct flight between Guangzhou-New York on August 6 following delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs the carrier currently has on order.

The service is due to take off on August 6 and will operate four times weekly. The away leg will see the 777-300ER depart from Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0140, and arrive in New York JFK Airport at 0545. The return service will leave New York at 1115, before touching back down in Guangzhou at 1515.

China Southern’s new B777-300ER

“The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, chief operating officer, China Southern Airlines.

New York will become China Southern’s third destination in North America alongside Los Angeles and Vancouver, which are currently served by the carrier’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner respectively.

As the only direct connection between Guangzhou and New York, the new service means passengers travelling from North America to the Canton Fair, China’s largest trade show, will no longer have to fly via Hong Kong.

The 777-300ER will feature a four class configuration, with four seats in first class, 34 in business, 44 in premium economy, and 227 in economy.

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Clement Huang

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