China Southern Airlines to launch Adelaide-Guangzhou flights

By Chris C., July 19 2016
China Southern Airlines to launch Adelaide-Guangzhou flights

SkyTeam alliance member China Southern will kick off flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou before the year’s end, marking the city’s first regular flights to mainland China.

Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, travellers won’t just have the usual options of business class and economy, but first class and ‘economy plus’ as well.

At the very front: a cosy single-row cabin of four spacious and private first class suites…

… behind that, 24 business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, each transforming into fully-flat beds…

… with 48 ‘economy plus’ seats aft offering 37 inches of legroom ahead of 142 standard economy seats with five inches less.

Taking flight from December 12, CZ664 is wheels-up in Adelaide at 11am on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to arrive in Guangzhou at 5:40pm the same day.

On the journey home, CZ663 departs Guangzhou at 10pm, touching down in the South Australian capital at 9:30am the following morning.

These flights are now open for booking via the China Southern website, with a spokesperson for the airline confirming to Australian Business Traveller that South Australia is indeed on its radar:

As to the lounge in Adelaide that eligible China Southern passengers will use before their flight, that's still being determined.

Australia-China flights booming, Adelaide growing

China Southern’s new Adelaide-Guangzhou route joins a growing number of flights between Australia and mainland China with the airline also debuting Sydney-Shenzhen services earlier this year and XiamenAir recently launching flights between Melbourne and Xiamen.

Also on the map: new Sydney-Xi'an and Sydney-Changsha flights with Hainan Airlines, Melbourne-Qingdao-Shenyang flights with Beijing Capital Airlines, Brisbane-Shanghai flights with China Eastern and both Sydney-Chengdu and Melbourne-Shenzhen from Air China.

Australia’s own airlines are also getting their ducks in a row with Qantas recently improving its China Eastern partnership and moving to that airline’s lounge facilities in Shanghai, and Virgin Australia planning flights to Beijing and also Hong Kong as part of a new investment deal with HNA Group.

While this is Adelaide’s first taste of the Chinese travel boom, the City of Churches certainly isn’t forgotten with Qantas partner Qatar Airways launching daily flights between Adelaide and its Doha hub in May 2016 as Australia’s first regular Airbus A350 service.

Also read: Qatar Airways A350 business class review, Adelaide-Doha

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

28 May 2016

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Good for Adelaide. I think the international terminal might need a bit of an upgrade soon. In the peak I have found sometimes that there is not quite enough seats and another lounge in past immigration would be nice. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

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There might be some overlapping on Sundays when CZ663 arrives just before MH136 and SQ278 depart, but there shouldn't be anymore pax issues than there already is. However I do agree AAL will have to rearrange the area concerned. The whole International departures should be enlarged and more seats added as mentioned. Especially if another international airline requires a slot at this time of day. Would there be a lounge? That would be interesting to know for those with SkyTeam Elite Plus. Cheers

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Wow that's three airlines announcing routes from mainland China to Australia just in this week! Won't be long until we see them possibly announce flights to Brisbane and Perth (not taking into account any government agreements).

13 Jul 2015

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China Southern already fly to Brisbane and Perth.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

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joel1986, I believe Rishi may have been referring to other Chinese carriers :)

31 Mar 2016

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"....that's three airlines announcing routes from mainland China to Australia just in ths week.."

It's far more rapid & frequent than I had originally anitcipated.  I suspect the catalyst for all these activities no doubt @ least partially trace back to HNA Group's recent large move /grand battle plan re the AU-China mkt....every competitor @ home is trying to move into position to compete in that same mkt.

Unlike most other nations, the int'l route granting regime of Beijing for its home carriers is very old-school /highly regulated /non-transparent.  1 int'l route 1 Chinese carrier is the typical rule rather than the exception.  If a Chinese carrier doesn't apply for a route today, it may lose it to a potential domestic competitor tomorrow.  So unlike carriers in other nations, Chinese carriers can't afford to conduct detailed mkt demand /fare /econ viability forecast on potential new int'l routes....will be too late to apply by the time proper mkt studies are done.  This is fundamentally why every Chinese carrier seems to be planning/launching new AU routes more or less @ the same time.

Of course, mkt reality will eventually settle in and I don't expect all of these new China-AU routes by Chinese carriers will survive....may be half of them will be gone in 3-5yrs.  The fact that many of these new routes are not served fm these airlines' strongest home hubs(And therefore domestic connecting opportunities) provides a clue.....

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

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MU is also starting PVG-BNE in December. We might see HU operate BNE-HKG when VA operates BNE-PEK too.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

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I dont know, I just cant get excited about mainland China carriers.

Ditto. Don't know what the fuss is about and certainly can't imagine flying them to other parts of Asia, North America or Europe. 

For mainland carriers to make an impact, the image of China itself needs to change, the way the Gulf has with theirs. The entire ecosystem supporting the airline and tourism in that market needs to change. To an extent the airline's image is also impacted by the country's foreign policy.

Airlines are not just logistic companies. They are the essence of nation states personified. 

31 Mar 2016

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The Chinese Big3 and their subsidiaries are not just unexciting but actually pretty bad in terms of pax experience.  On the other hand, airlines within HNA group are generally pretty good even by world std.  I hv tried @ least 4 of them on many occassions and @ worst, my experience is on par with those on a typical QF or VA flight.  E.g., which operator dare to deploy horizontal flat bed J seats for 2-3hrs sectors on a regular basis?...and @ least 2 HNA brands hv been doing that well before VA dreamed up the idea of deploying The Business for SYD/MEL-PER trunk.

I dont know, but I try not to apply a board brush approach to label all carriers fm 1 huge nation with a huge mkt as the same.

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26 Feb 2016

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Those full-service carriers are sometime cheaper than Scoot and AirAsiaX.

So, basically, you get what you pay for, as long as they keep the number of takeoffs the same as the number of landings... 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

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Great news

More competition the better

Long overdue direct into China

22 Mar 2013

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Always welcome new carriers into China - AU market. Would love to see more flights originated from second-tier cities in China. Last time I checked the Business class return between Melbourne to Guangzhou is about $2500 which is very competitive.

Admittedly, majority Chinese mainland airlines are not as customer friendly as other major world airlines towards non-Chinese nationals, but this partly due to the reality that the targeting customers of these airlines are Chinese nationals/immigrants, who are usually price sensitive.   


13 Jun 2015

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That makes it six cities that fly to CAN - SYD, MEL, BNE, PER, CNS (seasonal) and ADL. CZ is an expanding airline in Australia. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Jun 2016

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Well this is also the first Skyteam Alliance airline coming to Adelaide.

22 Jul 2016

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This is no longer available for booking and has been zeroed out in GDS :( Any idea why? I would love to use this flight in the future... Just waiting to make an official announcement? or a change of mind?

24 Apr 2012

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We've confirmed with an airline spokesperson that these flights are indeed going ahead as planned, so best just to be patient.

22 Jul 2016

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Cool :) thanks for letting me know! 

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08 Jun 2014

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Seems a few new Chinese destinations from Australia, or you can see it the other way round...

28 Jul 2016

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Hi all -- Did anyone spot the approximate economy seat pricing when the website was displaying the fares earlier? Would be greatly appreciated.

Flew China Southern via Sydney and Guangzhou to Shanghai in March. Had to come via Melbourne on the way back. Loved them for the price, cutting out a stop will be much welcomed.

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