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China Southern Airlines Takes Delivery of First Airbus A380

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China Southern Airlines has become the first airline company operating A380 in China and the 7th in the world.

The brand new A380 today embarks on its first flight between Beijing and Guangzhou. October 15, 2011 10:25AM, the first A380 in China as coded B6136 smoothly landed at Capital International Airport, Beijing. CSN has ordered 5 A380s, and the second is expected to be delivered at end of this year.

As one of China’s largest airlines, China Southern Airlines operates more than 430 planes, and in 2010 it carried 76.46 million passengers.

Mr. Si Xianmin , General Manager of China Southern Air Holding Company said, “We have confidence, capability and strength to achieve safe and effective operation of A380. The arrival of A380 will inevitably form a huge push strength, which will drive China Southern Airlines to speed up internationalization and provide a strong support for CSN to achieve its strategic development objects.”

China Airlines A380 has a classic three-cabin layout with 506 seats. There are 8 private first-class rooms with horizontal massage seats located at the front of the main cabin, 70 business-class flat-bed seats at the front and the middle part of the upper cabin as well as 428 economy-class seats at the main cabin and the back of the upper cabin.

 Many elements of Chinese characteristics will be seen in the cabins. For example, passengers will be able to enjoy Chinese cuisine and Chinese traditional tea culture, tea etiquettes, etc. served by professional tea specialists.

The A380 will fly on the route of Beijing – Guangzhou – Beijing for its virgin flight on 17 October, start its formal commercial flight on the Beijing – Guangzhou – Beijing route on 18-26 October and shift to Beijing – Pudong, Shanghai – Beijing on 27-29 October.

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