A Look Inside China Southern’s First Airbus A350-900

Aug 14, 2019

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It’s been about a month since China Southern’s first A350 entered service and photos of its interior have finally surfaced. Along with the launch of a new aircraft type for the airline comes the introduction of completely new business class, premium economy and economy seats.

Up front, the business class cabin offers 28 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. It sports Recaro’s CL6710 seat, which is the same model you’ll find in business class on El Al’s Dreamliners and TAP Portugal’s A330neo.

China Southern's new Airbus A350 product is quite competitive but still falls short compared to China Eastern's A350 business class seat. (Image via Chine Eastern on Weibo)
(Photo via Chine Eastern on Weibo)

While the blue leather seats, beige plastic and light “wood” trim color scheme leave a lot to be desired, the seats themselves should be a slight improvement over China Southern’s current product. The seats resemble a reverse-herringbone design similar to what’s found on airlines such as Cathay Pacific and EVA Air, but with the seat position alternating between rows. Each seat offers direct aisle access.

(Photo courtesy of Recaro)
(Photo courtesy of Recaro)

Premium economy features Recaro’s PL3530 seat. There are 24 seats are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. Each offers 38 inches of pitch, an adjustable leg rest and foot rest.

(Photo courtesy of Recaro)
(Photo courtesy of Recaro)

The back of the plane is fitted with an industry-standard 3-3-3 configuration. Coach seats are the same Recaro CL3710 seats you’ll find in coach on Delta’s A350, which receives high marks from TPG‘s Alberto Riva. The seats feature new, larger in-flight entertainment screens and USB ports.

(Photo courtesy of Recaro)

China Southern is initially flying the A350 between Beijing (PEK) and Guangzhou (CAN) before deploying it on long-haul transpacific flights. The airline has 19 more of these planes on order, which it expects to take delivery through 2022. As of now, there are no plans to retrofit existing planes with these seats.

Featured image courtesy of Airbus.

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