China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China, is pleased to announce that it will increase its Boeing 777 service between Australia to China from four per week to daily service starting December 2, 2004. The increase coincides with the fourth anniversary of the airline’s commencement of flights from Sydney to China, which began with three weekly services in December 2000.
Effective November 5th, China Southern will add a fifth weekly Boeing 777-200 flight from Sydney to Guangzhou, departing every Friday at 10:50 hrs (Australian Daylight Saving Time).
This will increase to a daily Sydney service starting December 2 for the remainder of the northern summer schedule period, which ends March 26, 2005.
The airline’s Thursday and Sunday services from Australia will continue to originate in Melbourne, then via Sydney to Guangzhou, departing Melbourne at 08:20 hrs (Daylight Saving Time).
All China Southern flights from Australia will arrive at the new Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 17:05 hrs (local time), connecting seamlessly with onward services to dozens of destinations throughout China, including Beijing and Shanghai.
The new schedule would provide much-needed extra capacity between Australia and China during the peak Christmas/New Year and Chinese New Year periods and it will also help meet the growing demand for leisure and business travel between the two countries as well as provide additional 777 freight capacity.
China is becoming increasingly popular with Australian tourists, with significant growth occurring in both package holiday programs and independent leisure travel.
Business travel between Australia and China is also growing strongly, and Guangzhou offers not only a new and easy gateway to China but a major hub for onward travel to anywhere in the country plus an increasing number of European destinations, using China Southern’s growing fleet of brand new Boeing and Airbus airliners.