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  • China To Operate A380s Domestically: Madness
    Posted by Leithen Francis 1:28 AM on Sep 08, 2011

    China Southern Airlines has disclosed that it plans to operate a daily Airbus A380 service on the Guangzhou-Beijing and Guangzhou-Shanghai Hongqiao route starting Oct. 18 and Oct. 27 respectively.

    Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is smaller and closer to the city centre than Shanghai Pudong International Airport. As a consequence, it may have some slot constraints at peak times. But even so, operating A380s on domestic seems like sheer madness to me. China's a big market, but not that big.

    It reminds me of the time when Orient Thai Airlines started operating Boeing 747-200s domestically in Thailand. That didn't last long.

    Tags: tw99, china southern, A380, Shanghai Hongqiao

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