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China Southern Airlines Takes Delivery Of Second 747-400F Freighter

Travel News Asia 12 September 2002

China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) (HKSE: 1055), the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, has today taken delivery of its second 747-400 freighter from Boeing (NYSE: BA).

China Southern now operates the best cargo aircraft in the world and its just-delivered 747-400F will be placed on the carrier's all-new Los Angeles-Shanghai-Shenzhen-Los Angeles run that begins Saturday, September 14.

"It is a tremendous honor for any airline to operate an aircraft of this magnitude and for our airline company - being the largest airline of China - is a special and unique opportunity to offer our cargo services to a vast transpacific business community," said Mr. Jiang Ping, Vice President of China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd., who is heading China Southern's delegation accepting the new 747 aircraft here in Everett.

"The delivery of China Southern's second 747-400 Freighter will allow the airline to take full advantage of the expected expansion of the Chinese economy and rapidly growing cargo market," said Mr. Rob Laird, Vice President, Sales - Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

China Southern Airlines' new 747-400F will be flown to Shenzhen, China where it will be thoroughly reviewed, inspected and ultimately certified by the CAAC Central & Southern Regions. 

This aircraft will then be placed in service on China Southern Airlines' newest transpacific service Los Angeles-Shanghai-Shenzhen-Los Angles cargo route.

Coupled with China Southern's non-stop 777 passenger flights (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday) between LAX and Guangzhou, China - the airline's worldwide hub - the airline is now able to offer daily cargo service - either 777 belly cargo or 747-400 freighter - between the Southern California and China.

China Southern will use its second, all-new 747-400 freighter for this new service operating from Los Angeles International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening. 

China Southern's new 747-400 cargo service will begin Saturday, September 14, with the flight number CZ 398, departing Los Angeles International Airport at 9:45 p.m. The non-stop flight will arrive at 2:30 a.m. (+ 2 days) in Shanghai - then continue south to Shenzhen.

The departing flight from Shenzhen, China will be CZ 397 and will make a fuel stop in Anchorage, Alaska before arriving at LAX.

China Southern Airlines has opened a new cargo office located at 6040 Avion Drive, Suite 327, Los Angeles, CA 90045. This new office has two telephone numbers: (1) cargo import (1-310) 410-6691 and (2) cargo export (1-310) 649-1500.

China Southern Airlines also operates three, 747-400 cargo flights each week between Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport - with continuing service to Shenzhen.

The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 23 years, China Southern Airlines connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan and as well as International service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Osaka, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

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