China Southern takes over first B777-300ER
China Southern Airlines, Asia's largest airline in terms of fleet size and number of passengers carried, took delivery of its first of ten Boeing B777-300ERs it has on order with the US aircraft manufacturer. China Southern plans to operate its first B777-300ER on its new North America route, where it will be able to directly connect the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the USA.
Based in Guangzhou, China Southern has been a Boeing customer for 25 years. In 2013, the airline became the first Chinese carrier to operate the B787 Dreamliner. The airline was also the first carrier in Asia to operate the B777 in 1995 and the first to operate B777s on nonstop routes across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Guangzhou and Los Angeles. China Southern was also the first Chinese carrier to take direct delivery of the B757-200, B777-200, B777-200ER, B777F and B747-400F from Boeing.