Chinese carriers launch three new routes to Africa

9 Jul 2015

China Southern and Air China will launch direct services to Africa starting from August.

Guangzhou-based China Southern will fly to Nairobi, Kenya starting from August 5. The service will depart Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 0045, arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 0700. The return leg will leave at 1335 and land in China at 0500.

The route will be operated by a 258-seat A330-200, consisting of 24 business class in a 2-2-2 setup, 50 premium economy configured 2-4-2, and 184 economy in a 2-4-2 arrangement.

Air China, meanwhile, will relaunch direct services from Beijing to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (after a 21-year hiatus), plus a new service to Johannesburg, South Africa on October 26 and October 29 respectively.

Outbound flight CA867 will depart Beijing Capital International Airport on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 0110, reaching Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 0720. The inbound service will leave the Ethiopian capital at 1430 and touch down in China at 0530+1.

The service will be operated by a 251-seat A330-200, providing 36 business class in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 215 economy arranged in 2-4-2.

The carrier’s South African service will depart Beijing on Thursday, Tuesday and Sunday at 2315 and arrive at OR Tambo International Airport at 0755+1. The return leg will leave Africa at 1150, landing in the Chinese capital at 0730+1.

A 311-seat B777-300ER will be used on the route, which consists of eight first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 42 business arranged in 2-2-2, and 261 economy in a 3-3-3 setup.

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Valerian Ho

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