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China Southern Airlines adds 34 routes this winter. Australia/NZ expansion key to long-haul strategy

8-Dec-2011

China Southern Airlines remains committed to its Oceania expansion, seeing success on its Australian operations as key to its international network development and strategy. The carrier is, simultaneously, continuing its profitable cross-Strait and also domestic expansion efforts, as reflected by the 34 new routes being added to its winter 2011/12 schedule. There were 26 new domestic routes and eight new international/regional routes this schedule (30-Oct-2011 through 24-Mar-2012), with the network covering over 500 scheduled routes, including over 380 domestic, 95 international and over 20 regional routes.

China Southern stated its winter 2011/2012 schedule will "make full use of its hubs and increase the proportion of international flights to promote the optimisation of the overall route network". The network focuses on the improvement of the transit links between the international routes, along with the enhanced transit links between domestic routes and international routes, with the carrier ultimately planning to position its Guangzhou hub as a key gateway between Australia and Europe. The carrier stated hub concentration has reached 71.1% under the winter schedule, a 5.7% year-on-year increase. The carrier is also accelerating its international development, with the proportion of international services to increase to 26.8% of capacity (ASKs).  [2620 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Largest carrier operating between China and Australia and New ZealandĀ 
  • 35 weekly services to Australia; seven weekly services to New Zealand
  • China Southern planning fourfold increase in capacity to Australia in next three years
  • Australia and China sign new bilateral MoU in Mar-2011
  • A380s to be deployed to major gateways hubs in Europe and the US

Graphs and data:

  • China Southern Airlines international vs domestic capacity (ASKs) share: 05-Dec-2011 to 11-Dec-2011
  • China to Australia (seats per week, one way): 19-Sep-2011 to 26-May-2012
  • China to New Zealand (seats per week, one way): 19-Sep-2011 to 26-May-2012
  • China Southern Airlines international capacity (ASKs) by region: 05-Dec-2011 to 11-Dec-2011
  • China Southern Airlines international capacity (seats) by region: 05-Dec-2011 to 11-Dec-2011
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (seats per week, one way): 19-Sep-2011 to 26-May-2012
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (seats per week, one way): 19-Sep-2011 to 26-May-2012
  • China Southern Airlines flight scheduleĀ to Oceania
  • China Southern Airlines destination map: Dec-2011
  • International passenger number comparison ('000s) for China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China: Oct-2008 to Oct-2011
  • Traffic growth (%) comparison for China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China: Jan-2008 to Dec-2011
  • Top 15 airlines (filters: China, international traffic) ranked by seats per week: 05-Dec-2011 to 11-Dec-2011
  • China Southern Airlines winter 2011/12 schedule changes by region
  • China to Taiwan (seats per week, one way): 19-Sep-2011 to 26-May-2012
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