The business class cabin on these A330-200s, meanwhile, is laid out 2-2-2 with 24 seats in total, meaning window-seat passengers don’t get direct aisle access. These seats do also recline to a fully flat bed position, though pitch is just 75 inches and width 20 inches.
The A330-200 also has an extra-legroom economy class section with 48 seats that offer between 37 and 38 inches of pitch, compared to the regular economy’s 32 to 33 inches. Width on both of these seats is a snug 17 inches and recline goes up to 100 degrees.
China Southern also plans to fly its A330-200 on its Wuhan-London Heathrow flights, which take off on May 30.
China Southern will fly the Guangzhou-Sanya-London Heathrow route with the following schedule.
|CZ651||Guangzhou (CAN)||Sanya (SYX)||0910||1045||Thu, Sun|
|Sanya (SYX)||London (LHR)||1315||1845|
|CZ652||London (LHR)||Sanya (SYX)||2210||1600+1||Thu, Sun|
|Sanya (SYX)||Guangzhou (CAN)||1855+1||2020+1|
Travellers going between Guangzhou and London Heathrow can also make use of China Southern’s existing two daily non-stop services, CZ603/604 and CZ303/304.
Multiple Chinese carriers have been launching and announcing new routes to London over the past few months, ever since China and the UK signed an agreement to increase the number of weekly flights permitted between the two countries from 100 to 150.
China’s national carrier, Air China, appears set to launch a non-stop service between Chengdu and London Gatwick on July 3.
Meanwhile, Beijing Capital Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines have already launched connections between London and Qingdao, Changsha and Xian this year.