China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. (01055.HK, 600029.CN) has on Sunday begun using the Airbus A380 aircraft on the Guangzhou-Sydney route, becoming the first carrier to deploy the superjumbo plane on a route between China and Australia, news website yicai.com reported the same day. China Southern Airlines had assigned the five A380s it purchased earlier on five routes — Beijing-Guangzhou, Beijing-Shanghai, Guangzhou-Shanghai, Beijing-Hong Kong and Beijing-Kunming. The A380 offers 506 passenger seats, 8 private suites and 70 flatbed business class seats. China Southern Airlines has specially hired two Australian cabin crew staff for the Guangzhou-Sydney service. Meanwhile, the airline is starting Guangzhou-Auckland flights using Boeing’s “Dreamliner” B787 on Monday, and will increase the flight frequency from the initial once a day to 10 per week on Dec 4, the report said.
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