China Southern Airlines (CZ) took delivery a brand-new Airbus A321 aircraft at Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) on Feb. 11, which is the first new passenger aircraft of CZ registered in Hainan Province this year.
With the arrival of new A321, the Guangzhou-based carrier has deployed 30 aircraft in its Hainan branch for the Spring Festival travel rush, an increase of 16 percent year on year. It is estimated that CZ's Hainan branch will handle 1.15 million passengers, with 7,500 outbound flights.
The newly introduced A321, equipped with 12 first class seats, 24 premium economy class seats and 143 economy class seats, will be deployed on domestic routes from Haikou to northeastern cities to provide more capacity for the branch company.
According to the company's strategy plan, the branch company will expand its all-Airbus fleet to 32 aircraft in 2015, aiming to operating 8.5 million passengers with 145 flights daily.
What's more, China Southern will continue to increase aircraft investment in Hainan Province and optimize the branch company's route network, so as to boost its market in the region.
By Michelangelo Ji, WCARN.com | Feb. 12, 2015