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SkyTeam alliance member China Southern will kick off flights between Sydney and Shenzhen next year as the only airline to offer a non-stop service between the two cities.
Located just across the border from Hong Kong and connected by rail, Shenzhen is a Chinese manufacturing hub and houses the corporate offices of many of China’s tech companies including well-known Huawei, along with China Merchants Bank.
Shenzhen also enjoys 'Special Economic Zone' status within China which provide tax incentives for foreign investors and tilts the city's focus towards producing export-ready products at competitive prices, with a new higher-speed rail service for easy access to Hong Kong planned in early 2018.
Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with first class, business class and economy, guests at the very front enjoy semi-private suites in a single-row cabin with just four passengers…
… while those in business class can still stretch out in fully-flat beds configured in a 2-2-2 arrangement – providing the middle pair with uninterrupted aisle access although those in the outer groups step over their seatmate’s legs or are stepped over themselves when in ‘bed mode’:
Commencing January 28 2016 and running as a seasonal service through March 31 2016, flight CZ3072 departs Sydney at 9:30am on Mondays and Thursdays to reach Shenzhen at 3:45pm that afternoon, with a 10am departure on Saturdays ahead of a 4:15pm arrival.
Returning on Wednesdays and Sundays, CZ3071 is wheels-up at 7:10pm to arrive in Sydney at 7:30am the following morning, while on Fridays that's nudged to an 8pm departure and an 8am arrival.
Business and first class passengers plus SkyTeam Elite Plus frequent flyers travelling with China Southern can relax in the SkyTeam Lounge at Sydney Airport and a China Southern lounge in Shenzhen before their return.
China Southern-owned subsidiary XiamenAir launched its own Sydney-Fuzhou flights in November and kicks off Sydney-Xiamen from December 6 2015: both non-stop routes which also aren’t serviced by another airline.
Also read: How to get a SkyTeam Elite Plus status match
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