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.
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