China Southern Airlines now serves Sri Lanka and Laos

Seen cutting the ribbon for the inaugural China Southern Airlines service from Guangzhou to Moscow Sheremetyevo at the Russian airport are: Lv Hao, China Southern Airlines Captain; Zhu Liang, China Southern Airlines Representative; Alexander Nikonov, Head of Foreign Airlines Division, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport; Jing Rong, Senior Stewardess, China Southern Airlines; Natalia Dzyuba, Manager of Foreign Airlines Division, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport; Roman Genis, Head of PR, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport; and Vladimir Khizhnyak, Director for Aviation Marketing and Commerce, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. The airport also heralded the flight with a classic route launch cake.

Colombo Airport commissioned this simple but elegant cake to toast the start of China Southern Airlines’ service from Guangzhou on 26 September. The SkyTeam member will serve the Sri Lankan capital three times weekly.

  • China Southern Airlines began three new westbound services on three consecutive days during the past week to destinations in Sri Lanka, Laos and Russia, with the former two being new country markets for the carrier. Three times weekly operations from Guangzhou (CAN) to Colombo (CMB) and from Guangzhou to Vientiane (VTE) in Laos commenced on 26 and 27 September respectively. The Guangzhou to Colombo service has been incorporated into the carrier’s existing service from Guangzhou to Male, with the flight now operating Guangzhou–Colombo–Male–Colombo–Guangzhou. China Southern then launched services from Shenzhen (SZX) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on 28 September, the carrier’s fourth non-stop route to the Russian capital airport after Guangzhou, Urumqi and Wuhan. The latest link between China and Russia will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), with flights performed by a mixture of the SkyTeam member’s A330-200s and -300s. Guangzhou to Colombo will be operated by the airline’s A330-300s, while Vientiane is scheduled to be flown by a mixture of the airline’s 737s and A320s. There is existing competition on the Guangzhou to Colombo route from SriLankan Airlines which already provides a daily service. On the link between Guangzhou and Vientiane, China Southern will be competing with Lao Airlines which operates the route three times weekly when referring to OAG schedules. There is no competition on the Shenzhen–Moscow Sheremetyevo airport pair. The average sector length of the three new routes is 4,118 kilometres.

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