China Southern Inaugural Shenzhen-Sydney Service

By Grahame Hutchison on Thursday, 28th January 2016

China Southern today inaugurated its new Shenzhen-Sydney route, with Airbus A330-300 B-6501 (B-6501) taking centre stage. This new service will operate three times a week, and its launch is perfectly timed for the Lunar New Year celebrations. China Southern Airlines is a Sky Team member and operates China's largest airline fleet. Sydney Airport has the most Chinese long haul services of any airport in the world, with six mainland Chinese Airlines providing direct services to nine mainland Chinese cities. Now with services to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China Southern offers onward connections to 195 destinations in 40 countries.

Sydney Airport Corporation CEO Kerrie Mather said, "We're delighted to welcome this new Shenzhen-Sydney service in time for the peak Lunar New Year period. The new China Southern Airlines service will deliver tourism benefits to Sydney and boost trade by providing a direct route to the major financial, technology and manufacturing centre of Shenzhen. Sydney Airport is the gateway to Australia for Chinese passengers and has the most Chinese long haul routes of any airport in the world, with six mainland Chinese airlines providing direct services to nine mainland Chinese cities".

China Southern Managing Director Australia and New Zealand Louis Lu said, "Today is a very important day for China Southern Airlines and we are delighted to welcome the new Shenzhen service to Sydney. China Southern Airlines has great confidence in the Australian market and today's inaugural flight clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment as we open further gateways and services to China".

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China Southern Airbus A330-300 B-6501 on short final for Runway 34L

China Southern Airbus A330-300 B-6501 gently flares for touchdown

Touchdown of the inaugural China Southern Shenzhen to Sydney service

B-6501 deploys reverse thrust even before the nose wheel is on the ground

B-6501 rolling through to vacate Runway 34L on the Alpha 2 Rapid

B-6501 uses reverse thrust, spioilers and brakes to slow down enough for the Alpha 2 Rapid

B-6501 prepares to turn left off Runway 34L onto the Alpha 2 Rapid taxiway

After taxiing on Juliet and Yankee, B-6501 enters the International 5 Apron heading for Bay 34

Brakes on at Bay 34, and B-6501 completes the inaugural Shenzhen to Sydney service

Ground crew prepare the area around the aircraft so that baggage and cargo can start to be unloaded

Ground crew position the cargo lift at the rear cargo door

Ground Crew chock the nose wheel, and connect comms in order to talk with the cockpit Tech Crew

The China Southern Airlines logo on the starboard wing tip

The Shenzhen-Sydney Inaugural celebration cake

Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (SACL) CEO Kerrie Mather welcomes China Southern Airlines new Shenzhen-Sydney route to Sydney

 Ms Hongbo Wang from the Consulate-General of the People's Repiblic Of China, welcomed the new Shenzhen-Sydney service, and highlighted

the increasingly closer economic ties between Australia and China

NSW Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, spoke about how the NSW Government is working closely with China, and Australian

and Chines Airlines to increase visitation to New South Wales

China Southern Airlines Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Louis Lu, invites Australians to try their new Sydney-Shenzhen service

The official party including the Tech and Cabin Crew from the aircraft, cut the celebration cake

Louis Lu and Mark Courie shake hands to welcome the new Shenzhen-Sydney service



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