China Southern Airlines has submitted an application to set up a headquarters with Civil Aviation Authority of China's Southwest Regional Administration, making it the 8th airline to do so in Chengdu.
China Southern eager to set up southwest region hub
In the media conference to promote its Chengdu-Guangzhou-Nairobi international service, China Southern's Chengdu marketing vice president Zhihua Hou said the construction of a new airport and other existing conditions made Chengdu a suitable location for China Southern to upgrade its branch to a headquarters and set up a service hub in the city.
An aviation industry observer said: “Regional headquarters serves as an air route transportation center and a business logistics center for a carrier. Airlines may have headquarters in many city airports while a single region can also have headquarters of different carriers. ”
China Southern has its operational headquarters in Guangzhou as well as additional headquarters in other cities like Shanghai. Airlines headquarters usually have aircraft stationed there as well as office and administration departments that handle scheduling, maintenance, sales and marketing, whereas airlines without headquarters lack the large administrational departments to support or expand operations.
Chengdu hub for China Southern’s international flights
China Southern’s Chengdu-Guangzhou-Nairobi service is served with the 218-seat A330-200 aircraft with a four-cabin layout. The Guangzhou-Nairobi flight CZ633 leaves Guangzhou at 00:45 Beijing time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and lands in Nairobi at 07:00 local time.(Translation by David)