China Southern Airlines plans to launch three times weekly Guangzhou-London Heathrow service from 06-Jun-2012, utilising A330-200 equipment, according to Carnoc.com reports - see Route Changes Table for more information. According to Innovata data, this will be the carrier's seventh European destination after Baku, Istanbul Ataturk, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk, Paris CDG and Tbilisi. The carrier also operates dedicated freight services to Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Vienna.
China Southern Airlines to launch Guangzhou-London Heathrow service
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