China Southern launches Christchurch flights

17 Dec 2015 by Clement Huang

China Southern Airlines has launched its inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Christchurch. The new non-stop service is operated three-times weekly, making the Skyteam member the first Chinese airline to fly to the South Island commercially.

The service to Christchurch is operated by China Southern’s B787-8 Dreamliner, which has been fitted with a three-class configuration, with four seats in first, 24 in business and 200 in economy. First class seats sport a 1-2-1 layout, while business and economy are arranged in a 2-2-2 and 3-3-3 configuration respectively. For a seatplan, see here.

China Southern's flight CZ617 touched down in Christchurch yesterday (16 December) where it was welcomed by a water cannon salute

Flight CZ617 departs Guangzhou at 0050 and arrives in Christchurch at 1710. The return service on CZ618 will then take off from the New Zealand city at 2230 and touch back down in Guangzhou at 0530 the following day. The service is operated every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

B787 Dreamliner

“China Southern already has a significant presence in New Zealand and Australia, the Christchurch service will help meet demand for both business and leisure travellers bound for South Island,” said China Southern’s chief operating officer Zhang Zifang.

“The launch of Christchurch [also] continue to boost Guangzhou’s standing as an international aviation hubs.”

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Clement Huang

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