China Southern Airlines receives first A380
Published: October 17, 2011
China Southern Airlines A380. Courtesy, Airbus
Airbus has delivered the first of five A380s to China Southern Airlines (CZ), the first A380 operator in China.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent-900 engines, the aircraft will be initially operated on domestic routes between Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Later on, the airline will deploy the A380 on international routes ( ATW Daily News, Sept. 21 ).
“We are proud to become the first A380 operator in China,” said CZ chairman Si Xianmin. “The introduction of the A380 in our fleet is a very important step for the development of China Southern. The economics offered by the A380 will undoubtedly improve our competitiveness on international routes and is the perfect asset to make China Southern Airlines achieve its goal of becoming a leading global carrier,” he said.