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China Southern launches new international routes
China Southern launches new international routes

Towards a major international expansion during 2007 is preparing the Asia`s carrier. Slated to open in 2007 are all new air routes to eight Asian nations including Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos, United Arab Emirates as well as  Nigeria and Angola - with cities including: Dubai, Luanda, New Delhi, Phuket, Sendai, Sapporo, Siem Reap, Vientiane and Yangon.

This new International expansion is a major step in China Southern`s construction in building Guangzhou as a major global business and logistic destination.

At a Guangzhou news conference, Mr. Si Xian Min, President, China Southern Airlines, said, "this movement marks the first time for China Southern to announce this major International expansion originating from Baiyun International Airport and the first time China Southern will open such an extensive route expansion within a one single year."

The expansion comes on the heels of China Southern`s recent opening of new service from China to Lagos, Nigeria and Kathmandu, Nepal.

He added that, "as we race towards the end of China's Eleventh Five-Year Plan, China Southern Airlines will continue to add more flight capacity to its home Guangzhou market. We plan to add 68 new modern jet aircrafts to the China Southern fleet by the end of 2007 - with the goal of 440 aircraft."

Mr. Si stressed the importance of China Southern Airlines forthcoming full membership in the global SkyTeam Alliance, slated for the second half of 2007.

"As our International network further expands to these 10 new International cities, China Southern Airlines will be extending its brand into all new metropolitan markets, generating additional global awareness of our airline and the extensive China Southern route network."

By the close of February 2007, China Southern Airlines will operate 82 International and regional services. Guangzhou and Beijing will serve as its major airport hubs - with regional airports in Urumqi in China`s northeast and Shenyang in the northwest serving as an air network covering all of Asia with connections to Africa, Australia, Europe and the United States.

With world headquarters In Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines currently operates 22 Guangzhou-outbound International and regional routes, with direct services to the major cities in North America, Europe, Australia, South East Asian areas, Japan and South Korea.

As the $3 Billion Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport enters its second phase of expansion, China Southern Airlines` hub construction has gained significant momentum as it quickly expands the Southern Chinese marketplace to the world.

As these 10 new routes are launched, International outbound routes from Guangzhou will nearly double from the current 18 to 26. Weekly International frequencies will spike from the current 136 to 182 flights - an increase of more than 30%.

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