In another first for small airports, Chinese airline China Southern has launched a new chartered flight service from Guangzhou (CAN) to Malaysia’s heritage city Malacca (MKZ) on 28th September 2016. The new service will be operated using 737-700 and A319 aircraft from the China Southern fleet.
China Southern Airlines currently flies to eight cities in Malaysia – Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Trengganu and Kuantan as well as Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
The new service is considered something of a coup by the State of Malacca, as this historical city sees a renewal of trade and cultural links begun in the early fifteenth century with the visits of Admiral Cheng Ho’s fleet.
With flights being billed as a ‘chartered service’ it proved difficult to actually place a booking on the China Southern Airlines website, with all days producing a “We are sorry but we cannot find any available flight for your request. Please try another date/route.“.
Flight Schedule between Guangzhou (CAN) and Malacca (MKZ)
(as advised by the airline, with the proviso “Flight numbers and schedules are subject to approval and may change without prior notice.”)
|Flight No||Departure Time||Arrival Time||
|Guangzhou to Malacca||CZ8365||09:10 (9.10am)||13:15 (1.15pm)||Twice weekly TBC|
|Malacca to Guangzhou||CZ8366||14:15 (2.15pm)||18:25 (6.25pm)||Twice weekly TBC|
China Southern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam Alliance, currently operating the largest aircraft fleet in China out of their headquarters in Guangzhou. Flying a range of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, they also claim the most developed route network and have a number of subsidiary airlines, including XiamenAir, Sichuan Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and Guizhou Airlines.
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