The first A380 for China Southern Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, as the carrier confirms it will...

The first A380 for China Southern Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, bearing the airline’s distinctive livery.

China Southern Airlines has ordered five A380s. It will become the seventh operator of the Airbus A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second half of this year.


The first Airbus A380 for China Southern Airlines is pulled out of the Airbus paint hangar at Hamburg on a gray and rainy day in the north-German city

In other news, this time coming out of the Paris Airshow, China Southern Airlines has confirmed it will add 20 Embraer 190s to its fleet.

China Southern will lease the General Electric CF34-10E-powered Embraer 190s from China Development Bank (CDB) Leasing, which placed two orders for batches of 10 Embraer 190s earlier this year. Deliveries of China Southern’s Embraer 190s will begin this year.

“China Southern Airlines and GE Aviation have enjoyed a successful relationship, with the airline being the launch customer for the GE90-powered Boeing 777 in Asia,” says Kevin McAllister, vice president and general manager, global sales at GE Aviation. “The CF34-10E engine line set the standard for reliability in regional aviation and we know that China Southern will be very pleased with this selection.”

An official wave a Chinese flag to mark the unveiling of the fully painted, first Airbus A380 for Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines

“We are confident in the performance and reliability of GE’s CF34 engines,” says Dong Suguang, vice president of China Southern Airlines. “The CF34-10E-powered E190 will be a great fit for our business expansion in the northwest region, especially in Xinjiang area.”

SkyTeam-alliance member China Southern is the biggest carrier in China and was the sixth-largest in the world in terms of the number of passengers carried. (China Southern carried 76.5 million passengers in 2010.) The Guangzhou-based carrier operates more than 600 domestic and international routes.