by Michael Allen
China Southern Airlines plans to cut back on US services in the second-half of the summer 2019 season.
According to Routes Online, the Guangzhou-based carrier will reduce its Los Angeles service from 10 to seven flights weekly from August 1, 2019.
The airline will cancel two services, namely: CZ621, a thrice weekly service from Guangzhou to Los Angeles departing at 12:30pm and arriving at 11:00am the same day; and CZ622, a thrice weekly service from Los Angeles to Guangzhou departing at 13:00pm and arriving at 07:20pm a day later.
In addition, China Southern will reduce its New York JFK service from 14 flights weekly in the peak season to 10 flights weekly between July 1, 2019 and July 12, 2019, before reducing the service further to seven flights weekly between September 9, 2019 and October 26, 2019.
The airline will also downgauge the aircraft on two of its San Francisco routes. From July 1, 2019, China Southern will replace a Boeing 777-300ER with a 787-9 Dreamliner on its six times weekly Guangzhou to San Francisco flight.
The airline also offers a thrice weekly Guangzhou – Wuhan – San Francisco service, operated by a 777-300ER. As of July 2, 2019, that flight will be operated by a 787-9 Dreamliner.
While the 787-9 is a smaller aircraft than the 777-300ER, the change may actually be welcomed by some passengers who prefer flying on a newer aircraft like the Dreamliner.
In other news, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific reported on April 23 that passengers travelling on select China Southern flights departing Guangzhou can now buy extra empty economy class seats at a discount, guaranteeing they won’t be seated next to another traveller.