China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) (HKSE: 1055), the largest airline in The People`s Republic of China, has leased two Boeing 777 aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines to carry Muslim pilgrims to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The announcement marks the second consecutive year China Southern Airlines has leased its Boeing 777 aircraft for such religious pilgrimages.
During a seven-week period, which began today, China Southern Airlines will provide a crew of 96 Chinese pilots and cabin attendants to transport approximately 20,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims are expected to visit the holy city of Mecca, which is regarded as one of the most revered religious destinations on Earth.
China Southern Airlines has the largest and newest airline fleet in The People`s Republic of China and is pleased to feature the Boeing 777, the most state-of-the-art aircraft in the world. Each economy seat is equipped with an individual crystal PTV screen with stereo headsets. Passengers enjoy up to 11 channels of motion picture and informational programming selections with private, fully adjustable video monitors.