China Southern Airlines will launch direct flights from Guangzhou to New York this summer.
The carrier will start taking delivery of a new fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft next week, and these new long-haul aircraft will enable it to expand its trans-Pacific operations.
Commencing on 6 August 2014, the New York services will operate four times a week, departing Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0140, and arriving at New York’s JFK Airport at 0545. The return service will leave the ‘Big Apple’ at 1115, getting back into Guangzhou at 1515.
New York will become China Southern’s third destination in North America, following Los Angeles and Vancouver, which it serves using its Airbus A380 and B787 Dreamliner aircraft respectively.
The airline’s new B777-300ERs will be configured with 309 seats. China Southern has 10 of the aircraft on order, along with more B787-8 Dreamliners and Airbus A330-300s, as it moves to expand its long-haul fleet.
The new flight will become the only direct connection between Guangzhou and New York, which have a combined population of approximately 20 million people.