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South African Airways To Open Guangzhou To Johannesburg Route In September

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South African Airways (SAA) recently announced that it will officially open a direct flight from Guangzhou, China to Johannesburg on September 18, 2019. It will provide more convenient services for outbound travel and business travellers to South Africa, with flight time reduced to 13 hours and 40 minutes. Further increase the exchanges between China and South Africa. By then, China, especially tourists in southern China, can choose to start from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and start a wonderful trip to South Africa. African passengers have direct access to Guangzhou, a Chinese city known for its manufacturing exports.

The launch of the new direct flight route is not only another important strategic deployment of South African Airways to expand its own route network, but also one of the important measures to attract Chinese tourists to South Africa. As one of the world-famous tourist countries of the African continent, South Africa has a rich and diverse tourism resources, as well as a prestigious national park and quality scenic spots. In recent years, the number of Chinese tourists in South Africa has been rising. In the year of 2018, 97,136 Chinese tourists were welcomed. In the second half of 2018, Chinese tourists visiting South Africa increased by 8% year-on-year. In January 2019, they increased by 22%. %. In addition, the Chinese source market has also contributed positively to South Africa’s economic development, and China has become one of South Africa’s major sources of tourism. With the increase in the number of nights between Chinese tourists and the continuous increase in daily consumption, the consumption of Chinese tourists in South Africa increased by 69% in 2018.

South Africa has actively added a Chinese Visa Center to provide more convenience for Chinese tourists. Currently, it has opened visa centers in 11 cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenyang, Wuhan, Jinan, Hangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing. You can choose the Visa Application Center to apply.

Mr. Mansoor Mohamed, Chief Representative of the South African Tourism Board for Asia and the Pacific, said: “Professional policies and direct flights are the two main points of work for attracting more Chinese tourists to South Africa. To this end, the South African Tourism Board will continue to deepen its partnership with South African Airways. I firmly believe that the South African direct flight route will make Guangzhou an international metropolis an important aviation hub connecting southern China and even Asia and South Africa. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province and also follows Beijing. The third largest city in China after Shanghai. The market in Guangzhou and southern China is very important for us. The tourists from Guangdong Province, a big province in the outbound province, also have great enthusiasm for South Africa. Thanks to more visa simplification policies and aviation convenience, South Africa is expected to welcome more Chinese tourists in the future!”

The Guangzhou route will meet the needs of a large number of passengers between Johannesburg and China, including business and corporate travellers, as well as attracting interest from freight traders. Considering that many high-value goods come from Guangzhou, the future cargo business can make full use of the capacity of this route.

South African Airways will be the only airline that operates direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou. The direct flight time is approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes, making it the shortest way to travel between the two stations. Future daily flights to and from the Greater China region will consist of three flights a week between Guangzhou and four flights a week to and from Hong Kong. The two routes will be Airbus A340-300.

According to the flight schedule, flights departing from Guangzhou arrive in Johannesburg in the morning and are seamlessly connected to the SAA regional flight network, so that passengers can stay in Johannesburg for no more than three hours. After arriving in Guangzhou in the afternoon, the flight can transfer to more than 20 destinations in China, including one to three hours to Shanghai, Beijing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Kunming, Haikou, Qingdao, Nanchang, Wuhan and Chengdu.

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Air France Continues Fleet Renewal Plan With 60 A220-300s & 38 A350-900s On Order

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The Air France–KLM Group yesterday(17 December) has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft as its continuous plan to modernise its single-aisle fleet. The aircraft are intended to be operated by Air France and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of its first A220 in September 2021. On December 11 Air France-KLM also approved an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900s, summing Air France’s order to 38. As part of a long-haul fleet simplification strategy to replace the early retired A380s, these airplanes’ arrival will also allow the company to accelerate the departure of its Airbus A340s during the first quarter of 2021.


“We are glad to see that Air France is endorsing the A220 as a great step towards fleet optimisation for large network carriers. The largest Airbus A220 order from a European carrier to date speaks volumes on Air France’s ambitious sustainability drive. The modern and fuel efficient Airbus A220 will contribute to lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions significantly compared to older generation aircraft, We thank Air France for the confidence placed in Airbus and for its investment in our latest technology aircraft.” 

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer

Air France’s Current Long-haul Fleet Consists Of 107 Aircraft:

  • 15 Airbus A330s,
  • 4 Airbus A340s,
  • 2 Airbus A350s,
  • 9 Airbus A380s,
  • 68 Boeing 777s, 
  • 9 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Air France’s Future Long-haul Fleet Plans Only 4 Families:

  • Airbus A330s,
  • Airbus A350s,
  • Boeing 787s,
  • Boeing 777s.

Air Canada A220-300 Takes Off
Air Canada A220-300 Takes Off

The A220, formerly Bombardier CS300, is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers significant fuel efficiency and wide body passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer 20% less fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. The A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, is an ideal aircraft model to be part of Air France-KLM fleet renewal and consolidation plan initiated by the recently appointed CEO Benjamin Smith.

Air France is planning to use the 60 Airbus A220-300s to replace its fleet of single-aisle A318s and A319s.


“Rationalising and modernising the fleet is central to our effort to regain our leading position in Europe, It will strengthen our performance from both an economic and operational standpoint, and will help us deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda. Offering a 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous-generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 is a jewel of European expertise and a passenger favorite. We are excited to see it become a core asset of the Air France fleet.”

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group

Air France A350-900 Wing
Air France A350-900 Wing

The A350-900 marks a new phase in Air France’s fleet modernisation strategy. Within 5 years, more than half of the company’s fleet will be made up of new-generation aircraft, Air France took delivery of their first Airbus A350 named Toulouse in September this year with a brand new business class product, the airline will be replacing their older Airbus A340s with the A350-900s and potentially Boeing 777-200ERs and Airbus A330s in the coming years.

A350-900 Air France
A350-900 Air France

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British Airways & China Southern To Codeshare On 14 Routes

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From the 2rd January 2020, British Airways(BA) and China Southern Airlines(CZ) will expanded their 10 codeshared routes since 2017 to 14; the new joint venture agreement was signed at Beijing Daxing International Airport today(17th December); the two airlines will start joint venture cooperation on 6 routes between China and the United Kingdom, and reciprocal frequent flyer program benefits will be updated to these routes as well.

Joint Venture Ceremony Beijing Daxing Airport
Joint Venture Ceremony Beijing Daxing Airport

British Airways was one of the very first foreign airlines to switch their entire operation in Beijing to the new Daxing International Airport, the airline is hoping to benefit from the new dual-hub model emphasised earlier by the former SkyTeam member – China Southern Airlines. China Southern Airlines will attach greater focus on their new hub at Beijing Daxing International Airport; the Guangzhou – Beijing dual-hub strategy was first initiated in 2018, with the airline’s aim to operate two extensive long-haul networks in both the north and south of China, with estimated 250+ aircrafts to be stationed at Beijing Daxing, 900+ flights daily to be operated by 2025.

China Southern will be steadily increase expand new routes from Daxing to Europe and the United States, and substantially increase the domestic network’s support for international routes and partners. Currently China Southern Airlines has attained approval from the CAAC on 6 international routes from Daxing, including one daily flight to London.


14 Codeshare Routes Between China and the UK:

As part of the joint venture cooperation, the two airlines will implement code-sharing cooperation on mutually operated routes, including the following:

  • Sino-British long-haul routes:
    • Guangzhou-London Heathrow, (CZ)
    • Wuhan-London Heathrow, (CZ)
    • Sanya-London Heathrow, (CZ)
    • Zhengzhou-London Heathrow,(CZ)
    • Beijing Daxing-London Heathrow(CZ) (2020)
    • London Heathrow-Shanghai Pudong, (BA)
    • London Heathrow- Beijing Daxing; (BA)
  • BA domestic codeshare routes:
    • London Heathrow-Edinburgh,
    • London Heathrow-Glasgow,
    • London Heathrow-Manchester,
    • London Heathrow-Newcastle,
    • London Heathrow-Belfast;
  • CZ domestic codeshare routes:
    • Shanghai Pudong-Shenyang,
    • Shanghai Pudong-Harbin,
    • Shanghai Pudong-Changchun;

*More route frequencies and the Chinese and British domestic routes connecting them will be expanded in the codesharing agreement.


“We are delighted to announce this joint business which will bring the UK and China closer together by providing British Airways and China Southern Airlines customers with a wide range of benefits. The agreement reinforces our commitment to boost tourism and business travel between the two countries and we look forward to strengthening the relationship further.”

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO

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China Southern Airlines Tail B-1205

In the past two years, the business and tourism markets between China and the UK have to continued to enjoy rapid growth, 2,4 million passengers travelled between the two countries during the period from September 2018 to August 2019, a year-on-year growth of 18.2%. China Southern quickly opened new destinations to London Heathrow from Wuhan, Sanya and Zhengzhou during this period, so a joint venture with UK’s biggest airline has become extremely important. China Southern had started codeshare agreements with Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Finnair and Emirates earlier after its decision on leaving the SkyTeam alliance.

OneWorld is not the biggest airline alliance out there, and its representation in mainland China is close to non-existent, with China Southern establishes partnerships with so many OneWorld member airlines this quickly, one may start to think of their intention of becoming a OneWorld member, however, It is worth noting that while the cooperation between China Southern Airlines and OneWorld Airlines is getting much closer, Cathay Pacific and Star Alliance founding member – Lufthansa quietly started codesharing in several European and Australian routes, and China Eastern has also reached out to OneWorld’s Qantas. We can only expect that more and more cooperations between large airlines will break through the restrictions of the alliance in the future.

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