AIRBUS DELIVERS CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES’ FIRST A380

     (The following press release from Airbus SAS was received by e-mail. It 
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GDM 128/2011R 
14th October 2011  
Airbus delivers China Southern Airlines' first A380
First operator of world's most eco-efficient airliner in China 
Airbus has delivered the first A380 to China Southern Airlines. During a very 
special celebration ceremony today at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, 
France, the first out of five aircraft ordered was handed over from Airbus 
President and CEO, Tom Enders to China Southern Airlines Chairman, Si Xianmin. 
China Southern Airlines becomes the first operator of the world's most 
eco-efficient aircraft in China and the 7th globally. Powered by Rolls-Royce 
Trend-900 engines, the aircraft will be initially operated on domestic routes 
between the major Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Later on, 
the airline will deploy the A380 on international routes.  
At the ceremony, China Southern Airlines unveiled its spacious and comfortable 
A380 cabin, featuring a total of 506 seats in a typical three class 
configuration, including eight luxury first-class suites, 70 lie-flat 
business-class seats and 428 economy-class seats. Passengers' well-being will 
be enhanced through innovative mood lighting including several different 
lighting scenarios to create a relaxing atmosphere and environment. The 
state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system makes it easy for passengers to 
select from a wide variety of audio and video programs and make their long-haul 
A380 trip something to remember. The cabin also offers seats and lavatories 
that are easily accessible to disabled passengers.  
"We are proud to become the first A380 operator in China," said Si Xianmin, 
Chairman of China Southern Airlines. "The introduction of the A380 in our fleet 
is a very important step for the development of China Southern. This most 
spacious and modern aircraft enables us, to offer our passengers world-standard 
comfort on our flights. The economics offered by the A380 will undoubtedly 
improve our competitiveness on international routes and is the perfect asset to 
make China Southern Airlines achieve its goal of becoming a leading global 
carrier." 
"We offer China Southern Airlines our warmest welcome as the newest operator of 
the A380," said Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus. "The A380 has set new 
standards in comfort, economic efficiency and environmental performance. With 
the A380, China Southern Airlines will surely play a key role in the top league 
of the world's leading airlines." 
Since entering service in 2007 the eco-efficient A380 has exceeded all 
expectations, flying more people further at lower cost (some 16 million 
passengers up to date). The spacious, the quieter cabin and the smooth ride 
have made the aircraft a favourite with passengers. This has resulted in higher 
than average load factors and increased profitability on A380 flights, 
providing airlines with a key competitive advantage wherever they operate the 
type. Typically seating 525 passengers in a three class layout, the A380 is 
capable of flying 8,300 nautical miles or 15,300 kilometres.  
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