Beijing, China, 14 Feb – Chinese air carrier, China Southern Airlines is to launch a route this year to Luanda, the capital of Angola, the China Daily newspaper reported.
The flight is one of 10 other international routes China Southern is launching from Guangzhou, its operating hub in the capital of Guangdong province.
As well as Luanda, the airline is planning flights to Dubai, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Yangonn, Vienciane, Siem Riep (Cambodia), Sendai and Sapporo (Japan) and Phuket in Thailand.
“It is the first time that China Southern Airlines has launched such a large number of international flights, all of which are of strategic importance for the company,” the company’s director, Si Xinmin told China Daily.
The airline will also launch new international routes from other cities in China.
In December, China Southern Airlines started regular flights between Beijing and Lagos in Nigeria.
The flight, which began running on December 30, is carried out three times a week and takes 16 hours, including a stop-off in Dubai.
The flight is carried out by an Airbus A330 aircraft, with a capacity of 260 passengers and according to the deputy director of China Southern Airlines, He Zongkai, the three weekly flights will make easier the journeys of 5,000 Chinese workmen and engineers in Nigeria building the country’s railroads.
China Southern Airlines currently has 136 international flights from Guangzhou and expects to increase this number to 182 as soon as the new flights begin.
According to China Daily, China southern Airlines plans to put a further 68 airplanes in operation in 2007 and the company’s fleet is expected to total 440 aircraft in 2010. (macauhub)