If you’ve ever travelled in Australia during our Summer months, you’ll know that it can be an extremely busy time. Luckily for passengers, airlines will often switch to using a larger aircraft during these peak months as it’s an easy way to fill more seats without having to add another service.
Many of the Asian carriers will operate their A380’s into Sydney and Melbourne but for Brisbane, we don’t have as much demand or space available so airlines will operate newer aircraft like A350, and this is exactly what CZ is doing.
China Southern has announced that they will be bringing their A350-900 on their service right in time for the peak season, and it’s not going away – it’ll be replacing the A330-300.
Here is the information courtesy of Routesonline.com,
Guangzhou – Brisbane eff 29DEC19 CZ381/382 A350-900XWB replaces A330-300, 1 daily (Planned increase from 7 to 10 weekly from 13DEC19 to 09FEB20 unchanged)
As you can see, the aircraft swapping from the A330 as well as planned increase in service to help cater for the extra demand for the peak travel period.
China Southern will join the likes of Cathay, China Airlines & Singapore Airlines as they all operate A350’s to Brisbane.
China Southern’s A350-900 seats a total of 297 passengers spread across 3 cabins, Business, Premium Economy & Economy Class. The Business cabin contains 28 seats in a 1-2-1 layout with every seat having a pitch of 43” and a width of 23.” The Premium Economy cabin is laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration and the seats have a pitch of 38” and a width of 18”. And lastly, the Economy cabin has a total of 262 seats in a 3-3-3 config, these seats have a pitch of 32” and a width of 17.5.”
Here is the seat map for reference, also note they missed ”Premium” on the map for Premium Economy.
The upgrade in aircraft is fantastic news for passengers as the airline only received the aircraft a few months ago. While the Business Class doesn’t look too spectacular, it’s definitely a huge step up from the current A330 Business Class.
As China Southern is an American Airlines partner, getting awards on their aircraft are quite easy and can me made on the AA website. Business Class awards start at 40,000 points one-way & you can also fly First from Sydney on the A380 in the Summer period for 50,000 points.