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China Southern Airlines
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About China Southern Airlines

Established in 1988, China Southern Airlines has grown to become the largest airline in Asia and the third largest airline in the world in terms of passengers carried. The airline has hubs in Guangzhou and Beijing, and flies to over 190 destinations with its impressive fleet of over 650 aircraft. China Southern Airlines has a 4 star rating from Skytrax and offers flights from London Heathrow onboard its 787 Dreamliner.


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.



Carry-on bags are limited to 5kg. First Class passengers are permitted 2 bags at 5kg each while Business and Economy are restricted to 1 bag.


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 each
  • Business – 2 pieces at 32kg each
  • Economy – 1 piece at 23kg

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 is permitted for infants along with a folding pram or stroller.

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 the aircraft. Some items, such as electric wheelchair batteries may be carried in the cabin if properly packed. Please check with a Flight Centre Consultant for the full list of restricted items.

Frequent Flyer

There are 3 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

China Southern's long-haul flights from the UK feature comfortable seating in Economy Class that includes adjustable seat headrests as well as an adjustable seat cushion and backrest.  

China Southern Economy Class

Entertainment: Economy Class entertainment is available on the 9-inch LCD TV seat-back flat-screens. China Southern offers over 600 hours of movies, TV and audio programmes. The airline also offers a Game Bar and Blue Sky Bookstore

Food & Beverage: Dining onboard involves a selection of East Asian and Western cuisine ensuring something to suit everyone. Dishes range from Cantonese-style ‘kung-fur’ soup to spaghetti with chicken. Special meals such as Kosher or vegetarian can also be requested.   

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