Today, 28th June, saw China Southern Airlines take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900. The airline has a further 19 aircraft on order to be delivered before 2022. The airline is the largest in China, and operates 335 other Airbus aircraft including 282 A320 series, 48 A330’s and 5 A380’s. The airline also has a sizeable Boeing fleet including 215 737’s, 24 777’s and 21 787’s, which are in a special livery and can often be seen at London Heathrow.
Much like other airlines taking delivery of new aircraft, the airline will initially use the A350 on shorter domestic routes between Guangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing before using the type on longer international sectors.
The A350 will introduce a new business class cabin for the airline, which has become quite notorious on social media for looking a little… Well, like a dentists chair! I’m sure its perfectly comfortable in practice however.
The airline was rumoured to be joining the OneWorld alliance earlier in the year, which was further intensified when the carrier announced that they would be leaving the rival SkyTeam alliance. However as of yet, there’s no mention of them joining OneWorld as a full member – but it’s not out of the question that they could join as a OneWorld Connect member, meaning that frequent flyers will receive the full range of benefits they’re used to.