Headquartered in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines is one of the world's ten largest airlines, carrying over 150 million passengers annually. Established in 1988, China Southern Airlines is state-owned, with hubs in Guangzhou and Beijing. With a massive fleet size of 623 Airbus, Boeing, Comac and Embraer aircraft, China Southern Airlines has 2,000 daily departures to destinations all across the world.
With 193 destinations, China Southern Airlines has a strong presence along routes within Mainland China's many regions, as well as to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia. China Southern Airlines also flies to several European and the United States.
Once a member of SkyTeam Alliance, the airline is considered safe. China Southern Airlines' frequent flyer program is called Sky Pearl Club. Passengers can earn miles for flights as well for using certain hotels, banks and more.
There are four main cabins on China Southern Airlines flights: First, Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Long-haul flights serve meals and beverages to all cabin classes, and on most flights, Economy Class passengers have personal screens for inflight entertainment including movies, TV shows, kids channels, and gaming. WiFi can be purchased on board some flights. Domestic and international lounges at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport offer access for First and Business Class, and Gold and Silver Card passengers. Lounges have WiFi, resting and sleeping areas, buffet meals, and showers, among other luxurious amenities.
Check-in is available for China Southern Airlines flights between 24 hours and 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Check-in is possible online from a computer or mobile device. Passengers must arrive at the airport with their boarding pass or get their boarding pass at least 60 minutes prior to departure. It is recommended to arrive 2 hours prior to international departures, as waiting times can vary across airports.
First Class passengers on domestic flights are allowed 40 kg/ 88 lbs of checked luggage. On international flights, First Class passengers can take 3 pieces of checked luggage, each weighing no more than 32 kg/ 70 lbs. On both domestic and international China Southern Airlines flights, First Class passengers are also allowed 2 pieces of carry-on luggage, each weighing no more than 5 kg/ 11 lbs, as well as 1 personal item such as a handbag.
Domestic flights allow Business Class passengers to take 30 kg/ 66 lbs of checked luggage. Those traveling on international flights in China Southern Airlines Business Class can take 2 pieces of checked luggage, as long as each piece does not exceed 32 kg/ 70 lbs. Business Class passengers on domestic or international flights can also take 1 piece of carry-on luggage weighing no more than 5 kg/ 11 lbs, as well as 1 personal item such as a handbag.
Premium Economy/ Economy Class
China Southern Airlines Economy Class passengers are allowed to check-in 20 kg/ 44 lbs of luggage for their domestic flights. On international flights, passengers in Premium Economy or Economy can take 2 pieces of checked luggage, each weighing no more than 23 kg/ 50 lbs. Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers on domestic or international flights can also carry-on 1 piece of luggage, weighing no more than 5 kg/ 11 lbs, as well as a personal item such as a handbag.
Checked luggage on domestic flights should not exceed the dimensions (length x width x height) of 60 x 40 x 100 cm/ 23.6 x 15.7 x 39 in. On international flights, the sum of the length, width, and height of checked luggage should not exceed 158 cm/ 62.2 in. Those traveling with infants should ensure the additional piece of luggage permitted has a combined length, width, and height of 115 cm/ 45 in.
Oversized or excess baggage incurs fees when it does not fit within permitted luggage dimensions. This includes sporting and musical equipment, and it is best to check the policy ahead of time and alert China Southern Airlines of your specific requirements. China Southern Airlines luggage policy can vary depending on the route, and it is best to check the policy that applies to your journey on their website. Infants not occupying a seat are entitled to an additional 10 kg/ 22 lbs of checked luggage. Children occupying a seat are entitled to the same luggage allowances as adult passengers in the cabin class they are traveling.