Airline Travel News about the Airbus delivered the first A380 to China Southern Airlines at a ceremony today at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France.
First Chinese operator:
China South Airlines becomes the first operator of the A380 in China and the seventh in the world. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trend-900 engines, the aircraft will initially operate on domestic routes between major Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Later, the airline will deploy the A380 on international lines.
At the ceremony, China Southern Airlines unveiled its spacious and comfortable A380 cabin, with a total of 506 seats in a classic three-class configuration, including eight first-class luxury and 70 business-class sleeper chairs. 428 seats in economy class. The well-being of the passenger will be enhanced by innovative mood lighting with several lighting scenarios to create a relaxing atmosphere. The entertainment system will allow passengers to choose from a wide variety of audio and video programs. The cabin also offers seats and toilets that are easily accessible to disabled passengers.
Some numbers :
The aircraft received by China Southern Airlines is the 58th aircraft delivered to date by Airbus, making China Southern Airlines the seventh operator of the A380 in the world since the first delivery in October 2007. To date, Airbus A380s have performed more than 350,000 hours and carried more than 15 million passengers.
The number two Airbus, Fabrice Brégier, said Friday in an interview with AFP that there would “probably a A380 larger” but in a distant horizon.