China Southern to use A380 on Guangzhou-Los Angeles route

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Published: July 28, 2012

China Southern Airlines (CZ) will operate an Airbus A380 on its Guangzhou-Los Angeles route from Oct.12 to accelerate its international expansion pace.

Industry analysts said Chinese travel to the US has increased after the US government loosened its visa issuance policy for Chinese citizens.

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)-Guangzhou and PEK-Hong Kong. CZ is scheduled to introduce its fourth A380 in the fourth quarter.

The Guangzhou-based carrier has been trying to get regulatory approval to operate the A380 on its PEK routes to New York and Paris but has not yet received it because PEK is Air China’s main operating hub.

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