IATA: China Southern to get first A380 in September

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Published: June 7, 2011

China Southern Airlines expects to receive its first Airbus A380 aircraft in September.

The Guangzhou-based airline, which has five of the superjumbos on order, will receive the second in November, said the airline’s chairman Si Xianmin.

It aims to use the A380 to “develop new markets from China to the USA and Europe”, he added.

“The A380 will further strengthen our position in the international market and help us to raise our service standards,” said Si.

He did not rule out placing more orders for the superjumbo, but said the airline wants to wait until it receives all five A380s.

China Southern also expects to receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner by year-end, and the airline plans to deploy the new aircraft on international flights.

“We will mainly use them to open up new international routes [rather than on existing flights] ,” said Xi.

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