China Southern considers A380 for Sydney-Guangzhou-London

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Published: August 17, 2012

China Southern A380. Courtesy, Airbus

China Southern Airlines (CZ) is considering operating an Airbus A380 on its Sydney-Guangzhou (CAN)-London route, dubbed the “canton route.”

“China Southern does have a plan to use the A380 on the canton route. On our current Sydney route we operate [a] double daily using our A330 aircraft and the load factor has been very satisfying. We are now exploring the possibility of operating the A380 on this route, which means we can operate a triple-daily service. But we have to study if the market will be big enough to digest this capacity,” CZ CEO Tan Wangeng said at a media briefing in Guangzhou.

Tan told ATW in June the carrier plans to expand its canton route to other European hubs, including Paris and Amsterdam to fully connect Europe with Oceania.

Last month, CZ announced it will operate the A380 on its CAN-Los Angeles route from Oct.12 to accelerate its international expansion pace (ATW Daily News, July 27).

CZ ordered five Airbus A380s and introduced its first A380 last October (ATW Daily News, Oct. 17, 2011). It has taken delivery of three A380s, which operate on two domestic routes, Beijing (PEK)-CAN and PEK-Hong Kong. CZ is scheduled to introduce its fourth A380 in the fourth quarter.

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