Effective 31 March 2015, the Guangzhou-based carrier will deploy the modern twin-aisle aircraft on its Perth route. Flights will operate three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the B787-8 replacing the Airbus A330-200 China Southern currently operates on the route.
The upgrade will add 10 more seats per flight, and will offer Perth passengers China Southern’s newest cabin products, including flat-bed seats in first and business classes.
Then on 1 August, China Southern will add four more weekly flights to Auckland using its Dreamliner. Currently the airline flies to New Zealand’s largest city 10 times a week, but the frequency will rise to 14 weekly services, or twice a day.
China Southern’s general manager for New Zealand, Mike Ma, said the additional Auckland flights were being offered due to strong demand from Chinese customers. The airline first launched the Guangzhou-Auckland route in 2011, initially with three weekly flights.
“We have great confidence in the Auckland-Guangzhou route due to the high level of tourism demand between China and New Zealand,” Ma said.
China Southern, which became the first Chinese Dreamliner customer in 2013, now operates a fleet of five B787-8s and has a further five on order. It configures the aircraft with 228 seats in three classes – four in first class, 24 in business class and 200 in economy.