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CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES has embarked on a
network expansion strategy with the launch of
a number of flights to new destinations and the
increase of some existing services.
On 8 November, the carrier will begin thrice-
weekly services between Guangzhou and Perth.
Two weeks later, it will launch thrice-weekly
Beijing-Urumqi-Istanbul services. Both routes
will use Airbus A330-300 widebody twinjets.
Istanbul will be China Southern’s twelfth
international destination from Urumqi.
Beijing-Brisbane was introduced on 30
October, while the carrier’s twice-daily flights to
Melbourne will increase in frequency with the
arrival of the holiday season in December.
Two flights will be added between Guangzhou
and Auckland, increasing that service to five
flights weekly. Flights from Guangzhou to
Amsterdam and Vancouver were added in June,
while Paris was made into a daily destination
with the addition of four weekly flights.
China Southern operates international flights
from three hubs, Guangzhou, Beijing and Urumqi,
in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
The airline is aggressively marketing Urumqi
and Chongqing in South-West China, taking
advantage of both cities’ tourist potential, to
offer more domestic and international flights.
According to China Southern’s strategic
development report, the expansion of China’s
high-speed train network is affecting the
carrier’s domestic operations. The airline has
ceased operating Wuhan-Nanjing, Changsha-
Guangzhou and Zhengzhou-Xi’an services, while
flights on the Beijing-Shanghai and Shanghai-
Wuhan routes have been drastically reduced.
“The airline will continue to focus on expanding
its international network to avoid missing out on
market demand,” the report says.
Among China’s ‘Big Three’ airlines, China
Southern lags behind Air China and China
Eastern Airlines in terms of the growth rate
of its international network.
The airline is the fifth-largest in the world
by passenger numbers, carrying 76.5 million
passengers in 2010, an increase of 15.03
percent from the previous year.
The airline operates a fleet of 422 aircraft,
including three Airbus A300-600s and five
ATR72-500s which are scheduled to be phased
out in 2012.
On 14 October, China Southern took delivery
of the first of five Airbus 380 ‘Superjumbos’ it
has on order. The aircraft is configured to seat
eight passengers in first class, 70 in business
class and 428 in economy. It will initially
be deployed on the carrier’s high-density
Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai services.
The carrier posted a profit of 2.76 billion yuan
(US$431.59 million) for the first six months of
the year, a surge of 32.71 percent from the
same period a year earlier. It carried 38.44
million passengers, up 6.1 percent.
The airline says it expects its 2011 full-year
profit to surpass 2010’s 5.81 billion yuan.
China Southern is the first airline in China
to own and operate its own airport terminals
Terminal 1 at Xi’an Xianyang International
Airport and Terminal 3 at Urumqi Diwopu
International Airport. It also has the soundest
recent safety record among Chinese airlines,
having flown 780 million hours over 208
consecutive months without an accident, as of
China Southern owns and operates the Western
Australia Flying College in Perth, its flying school
for cadet pilots. Graduates from the school are
sent to the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre, a joint
venture with Canada’s CAE, to complete their
aircraft type ratings. – William Dennis
China Southern embarks
on network expansion
NEWS IN BRIEF
MALAYSIA’S AIRASIA will introduce four-
times weekly flights to Da Nang, Vietnam,
starting 16 December, using Airbus A320
aircraft. The city will be the carrier’s third
destination in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh
City and Hanoi. AirAsia officials say the
airline’s official target is to achieve a load
factor of 70 percent, although 80 percent
and over should not be a problem. AirAsia
has carried 2.8 million passengers to
Vietnam since it launched flights to Hanoi
engineering company BEML has unveiled a
plan to enter the aerospace sector with the
ultimate objective of assembling helicopters
and small aircraft.
According to Chairman and Managing
Director V R S Natarajan, the company
has already acquired 25 acres of land at
the aerospace Special Economic Zone
(SEZ) being promoted by the provincial
government of Karnataka, near Bangalore
International Airport at Devanahalli.
BEML plans to invest 36 billion rupees
(US$722 million) into a new facility for
the production of aerospace components
and sub-assemblies for both the domestic
and export markets. The facility will be
upgraded in stages to eventually take on
aircraft and helicopter assembly.
Meanwhile, BEML is in discussion with
the Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) for the supply of components for
its satellites and launch vehicles. Currently,
BEML supplies components and sub-
assemblies for the helicopters and aircraft
produced by Indian manufacturer Hindustan
BEML’s recently completed facility at
Mysore in southern India will focus on the
production and supply of ground-support
and ground-handling equipment, including
aircraft-towing tractors and aircraft-
weapons loaders. – Radhakrishna Rao
China Southern is increasingly
focusing on international growth
as competition from high-speed
trains hurts domestic demand.
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