China Southern A380 Schedules released


The seventh airline in the world to fly the A380 mega jumbo (China Southern) have announced their  launch routes and dates ( (Thanks to Airliner Route). The  Guangzhou [CAN] based airline will start with:


1. Beijing [PEK] – Guangzhou [CAN] 

Launch date: 17th October, 2011
Distance: 1876 km (1166miles)

Outward flight: CZ3000
PEK dep 10:00h CAN arr: 13:15

The plane will be on the ground for two hours 45 minutes before returning.
Return flight: CZ 3999
CAN dep: 16:00
PEK arr: 19:15
Listed fare: $297 each way in Economy and $644 in First Class.

Flights are currently only being operated until the 26th of October

Significantly, this will be the first A380 domestic service in the world. 747s were used on some US and Japanese domestic sectors in the past. In fact a special 747 variant the 747-400D was created for the Japanese market with a maximum seating of 568 passengers in 2-classed  or 660 passengers in a single-class configuration. The China Southern configuration with 506 seats will have 506 seats.

There is currently a train that does the same trip in 20 hours and a high speed train line is being built which is planned to open in 2012 which will reduce train travel times to about 6-7 hours.


2. Beijing [PEK] – Shanghai Pu Dong [PVG] 
Launch date: 27th October, 2011
Distance: 1098 km (700 miles)
Outward flight: CZ6000
PEK dep 10:00h CAN arr: 12:15

The plane will be on the ground for two hours 45 minutes before returning to Beijing.
Return flight: CZ 3999
CAN dep: 15:00
PEK arr: 17:25
Listed fare: $320 each way in Economy and $620 in First Class.

Flights are currently only being operated until the 29th of October.

Significantly the first Beijing-Shanghgai flights are operating at the same time as ANA's first 787 flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong!

I am trying to work out how to incorporate these flights into my schedule! I am determined to have flown an A380 flight with every airline who deploys it by the end of 2011. I have flown three- four to go!




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