An official announcement on the founding of China Southern Airlines’ Sichuan branch was made on the 26th of September, signifying the company’s grand ambition of serving Southwest China through its new Sichuan base. With constantly improved flight route network, diversified tourism products, and upgraded service brands, China Southern strives towards better addressing passenger demands. The company is also a dedicated follower of China’s One Belt One Road initiative and aspires to contribute more to the development of economy, trade, and tourism businesses in West China.
A New Air Express from Chengdu to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen
China Southern Airlines set up its Chengdu sales office way back in 1995 , when the company started to run 4 routes from Chengdu to Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen , and Wuhan. By August, 2017, the airline company has been operating 29 routes departing from Chengdu, Mianyang, Nanchong, Guangyuan, Yibin, and other cities in Sichuan .
As the Sichuan branch has been established, China Southern’s development in the region will gradually pace up with investment in transport capacity and resource facilities leveling up and supporting services being subsequently rolled out.
In terms of flight routes, China Southern Airlines plans to build an Air Express connecting Chengdu with Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, and to introduce direct fights between Chengdu and other metropolises and economically advanced cities in China. Also being considered are flights from Chengdu to tourism cities in Sichuan, and then to plateau areas such as Lhasa. Furthermore, the company is exploring possibilities to launch international routes departing from Chengdu.
Asia’s Largest Airline Company
Headquartered in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines is the largest airline company in China in terms of fleet size, flight route network and coverage, and annual passenger volume. Currently, China Southern Airlines operates 22 airline subsidiaries, 24 domestic sales offices, 68 overseas branches, and over 700 passenger and freight aircraft. With an annual passenger volume of over 115 million in the year 2016, the company has maintained its leadership position among all Chinese airline companies for 38 consecutive years. It is also the world’s first airline company that operates Airbus 380 and Boeing 787 at the same time, with the fleet size and passenger volume both ranking the top in Asia and the fourth globally (Data source: IATA).
Every day China Southern Airlines’over 2000 flights reach out to 224 destinations in more than 40 countries and regions all over the world, serving a seating capacity of 300,000 people on a daily basis. Through close cooperation with members of the SKYTEAM alliance, China Southern’s flight network has expanded to 1062 destinations globally and connects 177 countries and regions. By the end of December 31st, 2016, the company has carried over 1 billion passengers in total with 0 accident, and maintained the best safety star ratings and safety performance record among all airlines in China. Meanwhile, it is also a “SKTRAX 4-Star airline company” rated by SKYTRAX, an international airline service accreditation authority.