Z (float)China Southern has recently updated its plans for their Brisbane service with the replacement of the 787-9 which is set to commence on the start of the summer schedule, March 29th. The Guangzhou based carrier not long ago replaced their A330 on the Queensland service with the much better offering A350, so the announcement to me seems quite strange considering the swap over wasn’t too long ago.
As stated above, the swap over of aircraft will start on March the 29th, according to Routesonline.com
Flight CZ382 departs daily at 10:10 am from Brisbane and arrives into Guangzhou at 5:15 pm the same day.
Flight CZ381 departs daily Guangzhou at 9:30 pm and arrives into Brisbane at 8:25 am the following day.
It’s also being reported that the route will reduce during the 21st of April until the 22nd of June to 5 times weekly instead of daily.
Seating on China Southern’s 787-9
The China Southern 787-9 aircraft is configured with three cabins which is the same as their smaller -8 variant, but there are a few significant noticeable differences. The -8 is fitted with first class, business class, and economy class while the -9 which is operating this route, is equipped with business, premium and economy.
On the aircraft, there’s a total of 28 business seats laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each of the seats has a pitch of 45-inches and a width of 23-inches. Each of the business class seats has in-seat power including a USB port as well as 110v port, and for those wondering, the size of the IFE screen is 16-inches.
I haven’t been able to find any useable photos of the premium economy for some strange reason, but from what I’ve seen, the product looks pretty standard for a 787 premium product. These seats feature a pitch of 38-inches and a width 19-inches. Interestingly, there are also 28 seats in the cabin. Each chair is fitted with USB power as well as a 110v point and a 13-inch IFE screen.
In the economy cabin of the 787-9, there’s a total of 241 seats spread in a 3-3-3 layout which is standard for this aircraft. Each of the seats features a pitch of 32-inches and 16.3-inches. All of the seats feature access to a USB power outlet as well as a 110v power outlet; the IFE screen size is also 12-inches.
While I’m not too sure why the airline is adjusting the aircraft on the route, it’s a much nicer aircraft than the A330 which was otherwise rostered to operate once the A350 was finished it’s short stint.
I haven’t yet flown China Southern and would be quite interested in doing so but not for the foreseeable future anyway at this stage.
All Images – China Southern Facebook