Sheremetyevo and China Southern Airlines started a new route Moscow — Shenzhen

On September 28, 2017, 21:45 MSK, the Sheremetyevo International Airport grandly accepted the first flight of the China Southern Airlines from Shenzhen (PRC).

Passengers of regular flights will be served at the Terminal D. China Southern Airlines plans to carry out flights twice a week Mondays and Thursdays (according to the Summer Flight Schedule, the arrival is at 21.45 MSK, the departure is at 23.30 MSK; according to the Winter Flight Schedule, the arrival is at 19:30 MSK, the departure is at 21:25 MSK) on А330 — 300 jumbo jets in configuration with 275 seats. China Southern Airlines offer 3 classes of service on board — the first class, business and economy classes.

Nowadays Sheremetyevo is the only European airport that serves seven leading Chinese airlines and occupies the first place in transferring between China and Europe in the world. Thus, in eight months the connecting traffic from China to Europe through Sheremetyevo has increased by 32% and now accounts for averagely 1,200 passengers each way per day.

As per results of January — August 2017, the Sheremetyevo Airport has served 1 mln 373 ths. passengers in the Chinese destinations which is 19.4% more than the same period of the previous year. In particular, the traffic in China Southern destinations from Sheremetyevo to Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Wuhan and Urumqi has increased by 50.4%. The airline has transported more than 127 thousand passengers.

The airline decided to start a direct regular flight with reference of the passenger flow which is increasing every year, including connecting passengers flying from the Southern part of China to Russia.

The China Southern Airlines started operating in Shenzhen in 1991. In 2016 the number of connecting passengers of the China Southern Airlines in the Shenzhen Airport accounted for 9.79 mln people, then it reached 5.19 mln people as early as in the first part of the year 2017, and, according to the forecast for 2017, the number of connecting passengers will exceed 10 mln people.

For greater comfort for passengers the airline offers suitable connections through Shenzhen and beneficial tariffs in such destinations as Jakarta, Denpasar, Bangkok, Phuket, Sydney, Melbourne, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Phnom Penh and other cities of Southeast Asia.

The China Southern Airlines has been the largest airline in China for more than 37 years. The China Southern has a fleet of 730 modern passenger carriers and all-cargo aircrafts. The airline serves 208 points of destination all over the world having a wide route network with the main air hubs in Guangzhou, Beijing, Urumqi and Chongqing.

The development strategy of the China Southern Airlines involves developing and creating an airline which is focused on international transportation, based on competitive performance and robust margins. The China Southern Airlines strives to create the best Chinese brand, a leader on the Asian market.

In January, 2006, the China Southern Airlines set about transforming the company into the internationally oriented airline with creating and developing its hubs in Beijing and Guangzhou. By 2019 the airline will finish the transformation with construction of a new hub in Beijing for 200 aircrafts in operation.

On November 15, 2017, the China Southern Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam Airline Alliance to become the first airline in China that joined the global aviation alliance.

Since the China Southern Airlines had joined SkyTeam it has accelerated the pace of international development of the Alliance in South China and South Asia, and has strengthened positions of the Alliance on markets of Japan and South Korea, as well as of Central Asia and Western Asia. Having started new routes in Europe, Africa and North America, the China Southern continues to increase its presence on the international market.

The China Southern Airlines is a leader in transporting connecting passengers to Australia and Oceania through Guangzhou, the southern gates of China, offering flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Auckland. The China Southern also launched flights from Shenzhen to Sydney on January 27, 2016, and flights to Melbourne on January 1, 2017.

To start new international routes to Da Nang, Nha Trang and Siem Reap, and to increase flight frequency of flights in existing destinations, such as Denpasar and Phuket, are plans of the airline for the nearest future.

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the biggest Russian airport by volume of freight and passenger traffic, number of airfield operations, area of the air terminal complex and power of the cargo complex. Sheremetyevo Airport’s network of routes includes more than 186 destinations. In 2016 Sheremetyevo set up a historical record by passenger traffic by having handled 34 mln 30 ths. people.

In 2016 Sheremetyevo took the first place in Europe by service quality in the category of airports with the traffic of 25-40 mln people per year according to the ratings of ASQ (Airport Service Quality) by ACI (Airports Council International).

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