China Southern brings Boeing 787 to Perth

By David Flynn, February 12 2015
China Southern brings Boeing 787 to Perth

China Southern will begin flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Perth from April 1, and will also boost the number of flights to Melbourne and Brisbane as the airline seeks to carve out a larger slice of the Australian market.

Melbourne will see a double-daily service to China Southern's Guangzhou hub from July 1, up from the current 10 flights a week, while Brisbane steps up to a daily service (current five flights each week) from June 23.

A China Southern spokesperson confirmed the Dreamliner's April debut to Australian Business Traveller, with the advanced jet replacing the current Airbus A330 on the thrice-weekly flights.

The Boeing 787 offers passengers a substantially more enjoyable ride than any other commercial jet thanks to a quieter cabin, ride-smoothing technology, clearer filtered air, higher cabin humidity and lower effective cabin altitude, which also contribute to reducing jetlag when you step off the plane.

Dreamliner's delights

Air New Zealand, Scoot and Thai Airways also fly Boeing 787s from Perth to their respective hubs of Auckland, Singapore and Bangkok.

However, China Southern is one of the few airlines in the world to include a first class in its Boeing 787 – albeit with just four seats.

Each is 26 inches (67 cm) wide and at 78 inches when converted into a fully-flat bed, it's just shy of the two metre mark.

Passengers also get a private hand luggage bin, AC and USB power outlets, noise-cancelling headphones and a 17 inch screen built into the far end of the seat's shell.

The jet's 24 business class seats are spread across two cabins of a dozen seats each, in a standard 2-2-2 layout.

There are few surprises here: it's a fully-flat seat, albeit at a slightly shorter 74 inches (188 cm), with 20 inch (51 cm) seat width and an 84 inch (213 cm) pitch.

A 'magazine shelf' and shoe stowage area plus 15 inch video screen and USB port are all part of the deal.

However, China Southern hasn't included an AC power outlet on its list of business class features – we've yet to determine if this is merely an oversight or if indeed laptop power is limited to first class seats.

Stuck at the back of the Dreamliner bus? Make yourself as comfy as you can in the 3-3-3 seating.

At 17.2 inches (44 cm) across, with a seat pitch of 31-33 inches (79-84 cm) and a 6 inch (15 cm) recline, we suggest you pack a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, fire up the 9 inch seatback video screen or dive into a slab of BYO entertainment on your tablet, and count down the hours until you land.

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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

12 Feb 2015

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David I think you mean the 787 has a lower effective cabin altitude, which is actually a higher cabin pressure that is closer to sea level presure.

24 Oct 2010

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You're quite right, I've written enough about the passenger experience of the 787 to have no excuse for that silly slip!

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

16 May 2011

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I'm not disagreeing with you David, but PER can hardly be considered 'Australia's Dreamliner capital', MEL has BI, JQ, UA, AI and soon TZ, whilst SYD has JQ, AI and soon TZ, LA and MF. On top of that, components for 787's are made in Boeing's Melbourne plant, JQ has its 787 maintenance base in MEL also and to top it off UA operates the longest 787 route in the world, being MEL-LAX.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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United is an insult to the 787 anyway with that dreadful product.  As for AI, wont be long before they're scrapping them....;)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Never fly International AI, only Domestic within India is good, from my memory in 2010 they did serve food on flights from Mumbai to Hyderabad and vice versa.

24 Apr 2014

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I like the UA 787 Business product from MEL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jul 2014

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Does anyone know if it will become a daily services rather than a 2-3time weekly?

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

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How    come   MEL  is   the   last   to  get  dreamliners    and  Perth   gets   them  First?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

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Roger - perhaps Melbourne is losing its status as the centre of the universe?   Having said that, please don't begrudge Perth being first at something.  Given we can't get a Q flight out of Perth internationally, other operators are meeting our needs.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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I would say Perth travellers deserve all these new planes especially because of QF pulling out, Qantas should learn their lesson, talking about MEL, we do have a few 787 operators, more than Sydney I think.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

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Not   begruding   Perth  getting   the  dreamliners ,  but    surprised  that  a   much  bigger   city  would   not  get   these  state   of  the   art   aircraft.  Would  be   quite   happy   with   the   747 -8   or  the   next   gen  777-ER. The   20   inch   wide   business   class   seat  does  not  really   impress  me  though ,  so  it's   probably   just  as  well  that  Perth  is   getting   them. I  think    I'll  stick  to  SQ /TG  or   QF!

 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jul 2014

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Your lucky in Melbourne having the option to fly internationally  with QF and I fear that Qantas will have a hard time returning to Perth (International) (If they ever do) because of airlines like China Southern Bringing next gen jets to Perth such as the 787

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Think you're comparing apples with oranges when comparing two different sized cities (2 mill vs 5.5mill) when they've several thousands of km apart for a medium sized airliner...

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

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Very   surprising   that  Qantas   pulled   out  of  Perth . I   would   have   thought   that

  it    would   be  a   good   international   growth   market   for   them .

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jul 2014

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Yes so did everyone in WA, dissapointing really but they will come back.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Jul 2011

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Bit like here in ADL, QF pulls its only international flight to SIN, and look SIA now run two a day!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

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Interesting   to  hear   that  Qantas   has  pulled  out   of  Adelaide   to  Singapore  as  well.  SQ   has  been   capitalizing  on  this   in a   big  way. SQ   flights   to  the   Indian   subcontinent  in  peak   periods  are   full   from  almost   every  Australian   City(   with   upto  3   flights  a  day!). Qantas    could easily  grab a   big   share  of  this  huge   market  by   increasing   flights    to  Singapore and   introducing  some   non   stop   flights   to  the  Indian    subcontinent.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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4x daily from Perth with SQ


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