China Southern Airlines

About China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in Asia. Based in Guangzhou, China Southern flies to over 200 destinations using a fleet of more than 450 aircraft.

Cabin Classes


Australian and New Zealand travellers can fly China Southern direct to Guangzhou from Auckland. The airline provides connections from Guangzhou to destinations throughout China and around the world.

China Southern Economy Class features comfortable slim line seats with an industry average 32 inch seat pitch for leg room and an adjustable head rest for added comfort. Blankets and pillows are provided along with complimentary beverages and hot meal choices on international flights.


China Southern’s international fleet features personal TV screens at each seat for on-demand entertainment. Programming options include international movie, TV and music selections for hours of enjoyment.

Food and Beverage

Hot meal choices include both Chinese and western style dishes and are accompanied by a beverage and bar service that features many wine and spirit selections.

Premium Economy

Premium Economy is the economical alternative to First and Business Class. This separate cabin offers more space and added service enhancements when compared to regular economy. Guests will enjoy the 3 - 5 inches more leg room, a wider seat with greater recline and a wider meal and beverage selection. 


Each seat is equipped with a 9 inch personal TV screen for the latest international programming and music. Featured entertainment includes hours of viewing and listening options from movies and TV shows to music, games and travel related information.

Food and Beverage

Select from a number of international cuisine options from the in-flight menu. Hot meal selections are served with a starter and salad, dessert and a choice of beverage. Premium Economy features premium beers and fine wines and spirits.


The relaxed Business Class cabin offers a comfortable layout with no middle seats to contend with, where every guest will enjoy either a window or aisle seat. Business Class is known for its roomy atmosphere and high levels of comfort. Each seat is set within its own shell and guests can recline their comfortable armchair to a fully lie-flat position without encroaching into the space of fellow travellers. If you don’t feel like sleeping, the electronically controlled chair can be configured in many different ways for just the right position.


A 15 inch digital wide screen offers an enhanced viewing experience for on-demand entertainment. Not only can passengers select from hundreds of hours of in-flight programming but they can also take advantage of the handy USB and power points for continued use of laptops and tablets.

Food and Beverage

The Business Class menu features a wide range of starter, main, dessert and wine selections. Meals are individually plated and served in courses for a five-star dining experience.

First Class

For the ultimate in service, comfort and privacy, First Class brings a level of service with meticulous delivery. The widest China Southern seat converts into a fully lie-flat bed and the personal storage spaces allow for easy to reach access for personal belongings. The A-330 First Class cabin is decorated in plush blue tones with wood accents while the flagship A-380 features exclusive “Platinum” Private Suites for complete privacy. Privacy Suites come with an impressive 23 inch TV screen and six different mood light choices.


First Class passengers on China Southern experience the ultimate in entertainment as well. Large personal TV screens are found in each private suite and noise cancelling headsets complete the experience with high quality sound. Guests may also use their laptops and tablets and other electronic devices thanks to USB ports and power points at each seat.

Food and Beverage
The finest meals inspired and prepared by chefs are found on an impressive First Class menu. Cabin staff individually plate each course and serve meals on linen covered tables. Passengers can even dine with a guest if they choose as each suite can accommodate a meal companion.


China Southern Baggage Allowance


Carry-on bags are limited to 5kg. First Class passengers are permitted two bags at 5kg each while Business, Premium and Economy are restricted to one bag.

Each item of cabin baggage must not exceed total dimensions of 115cm when adding length, width and height.


The checked baggage allowance depends on class flown, fare type and destination. For specific information, check with your Flight Centre Travel Consultant as there may be variances between countries. The below is a general guide only.

  • First Class – 3 pieces at 32kg (70lbs) each
  • Business – 2 pieces at 32kg (70lbs) each
  • Premium – 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) each
  • Economy – 1 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) each

The maximum weight of each bag is 32kg (70lbs) for all destinations except the U.S. and Canada. North American destinations have a maximum weight limit of 45kg (90lbs). Size limitations are the same for all destinations – 158cm (62in).

Bulky Items

Some items may be included as part of a passenger’s checked baggage allowance such as golf, ski and fishing equipment provided that items are within size and weight restrictions. Bicycles must be specially packaged with tyres deflated and your Flight Centre Consultant can advise on packing requirements.

Animal and pet containers, surfboards and windsurf equipment are charged a flat rate fee and are never included as part of the free baggage allowance.

Infant Baggage

One checked bag up to 10kg (22lbs) is permitted for infants along with a folding pram or stroller.

Baggage allowance is given when an infant ticket is purchased at 10% of adult fare.

Restricted or Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are restricted from flying. These items include flammable materials, liquids and gasses as well as explosives, ammunition and all other toxins and poisons which interfere with the safe operation of flight. Some items, such as electric wheelchair batteries may be carried in the cabin if properly packed. Please check with a Flight Centre Consultant for full list of restricted items.


Check-in at home & spend more time at duty free!

There are two ways to check in for China Southern international flights – online and at the airport counter. Online check in is available with the reservation number and an internet connection. Printable boarding passes are issued upon completion of the process. Online check in is open between 1 and 24 hours before departure.

The airport ticket counters are available for check-in and bag drop off from 3 hours before departure. The airline recommends guests to arrive at the counter no later than 90 minutes before departure. Check-in closes 45 minutes prior to departure.

International Check-in Guide

Know what time you need to leave the house to get to the airport
Pack your things, check out our baggage guide
Have your flight itinerary ready
Ensure you have your valid passport ready

Be at the airport at least 120 minutes prior to scheduled departure time

Proceed to check-in counter with passport and itinerary ready
Go through security
Continue through customs
Check the gate number and flight status
Sit down and get comfy!


Countless choices of leisure with China Southern

China Southern provides up to 20 lounges throughout China for use by its guests flying in First or Business and for elite Sky Pearl Club members as well as those holding elite status with Skyteam affiliated airlines. These spaces are exclusive areas in which to work or relax in a quiet environment and where guests can enjoy a meal and freshen up before a flight.

Lounges are located in Guangzhou and Beijing and at hundreds of airports around the world through global alliances with airlines from around the world.

Frequent Flyer

Shine with Sky Pearl rewards

There are three status levels in the China Southern Sky Pearl Club frequent flyer program – Base, Silver and Gold. Members achieve the next status level when the required number of miles is reached when travelling on China Southern, Skyteam airlines and other alliance member flights.

Silver status is achieved when a member flies 20 qualifying segments and accrues 40,000km. Just some of the benefits include:

15% bonus miles
Premium check-in
Lounge access to Business Class lounge
Extra baggage allowance of 10kg or 1 piece
Priority stand-by for upgrades

Gold level status is reached when 40 qualifying segments have been flown and 80,000km have been earned. Additional benefits include:

30% bonus miles
Premium check-in at First Class counter
Lounge access to First Class lounge
Extra baggage allowance of 15kg or 1 piece
First Class service during flight delays


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