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October 29, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

China Southern Airlines’ first A380 has arrived in Sydney this morning, underlining the airline’s commitment to Australia as one of its key overseas markets.

CZ A380 SYD 02Adding the 502-seat A380 superjumbo to the morning Sydney-Guangzhou service will boost annual capacity on the route by 40 per cent, or 162,000 seats, and inject an estimated $100 million into the NSW economy.

The inaugural A380 flight CZ325 arrived at 9.05am to a flurry of excitement including a water cannon salute and a welcome breakfast at Rydges Airport Hotel overlooking the A380 gates.

It is the second of China Southern’s A380 superjumbos to be deployed internationally and the airline is the fourth to fly an A380 into Sydney.

China Southern delegates including President and Chairman Si Xianmin and Executive Vice President Chen Gang were met by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner for an official ceremony to mark the historic flight.

China Southern Regional General Manager Australia New Zealand Henry He said the A380 superjumbo was the final piece in a major regional expansion strategy that also sees one of the airline’s high-tech new Boeing 787 Dreamliners deployed to New Zealand today.

“We’ve been overhauling our regional operations this year with modern Airbus airliners deployed to every Australian port, and the arrival of the A380 on our Guangzhou to Sydney route marks the culmination of these efforts to become a bigger player on the Australian aviation scene,” Mr He said.

The A380 superjumbo service will replace the present CZ326 A330-300 service, which departs Sydney at 11.15am and arrives in Guangzhou CZ A380 SYDat 5.30pm the same day.

“Australia remains our most important overseas market and by putting the largest commercial passenger aircraft in the world on our busy Sydney to Guangzhou service we hope that we are showing this market how committed we are,” Mr He said.

“Our Canton Route via Guangzhou is an exciting way for Australians to fly to China, Asia, Europe and the world, and with a 72 hour visa free transit now available we’re absolutely thrilled that our Australian guests can enjoy a smooth stopover in our vibrant hub city to sample authentic Cantonese Yum Cha, enjoy the local culture and shop ‘til they drop.”

From December, China Southern will operate 48 weekly flights to the region, with plans to increase to 55 flights by 2015.

A Sydney Airport commissioned report estimates that a single daily A380 service from China has the potential to generate 5000 jobs and contribute around $390 million to the Australian economy over a full year. China Southern Airlines’ upgrade from an A330 to a daily A380 is estimated to deliver an additional $100 million in visitor expenditure to the New South Wales economy.

For more information visit www.csair.com.au or call 1300 889 628 during AEDST/AEST business hours.

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