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China Southern Airlines' inaugural flight from Guangzhou, China to JFK

南航开通广州至纽约直航 为全球最长直飞航线之一

Photos By:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
Reporting by Cathy Han/ Blacktiemagazine.com

 

President &  Chairman of China Southern Airlines, Si Xianmin .  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 
President &  Chairman of China Southern Airlines, Si Xianmin
 

China Southern Airlines' Inaugural Flight

From Guangzhou, China to JFK

 

China Southern Airlines' new non-stop service between New York and Guangzhou is a lot more than just a top-flight connection between two of the world's great cities.

"We want to present the new service as an anniversary gift," said China Southern Airlines chairman Si Xianmin, referring to the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations.

China Southern's first direct Guangzhou-New York flight arrived early Wednesday morning with a delegation from China aboard, including Si, and China Southern executive vice-president Chen Gang and assistant president Li Jun. "With over a million Chinese living and working in New York city, and approximately 650,000 Chinese visiting New York city every year, this new direct route from Guangzhou will strengthen the relationship among our two regions by increasing opportunities for tourism and communication." 

At the welcoming ceremony after the flight's arrival at the JFK International Airport, Si said: "Growing economic and people-to-people exchanges between the US and China have created a great platform for China Southern Airlines to launch the new service."

"As the largest city in the United States, New York is truly the capital of the world," Si said. "It is the world center of finance, trade, science, information technology and has no equal. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and the political, economic, scientific and cultural center of southern China."

This is the first-ever non-stop service between the two cities, connecting the Big Apple to China's biggest manufacturing and commercial hub. Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, is the third-largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai, with a population of 11 million. The city's economy is vital to the country, with the local economy growing 11.6 percent year-on-year in 2013, reaching $253.8 billion.

Cheng Lei, acting consul general of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, congratulated the airlines on the new route, saying that tourism can play a major role in establishing bilateral relations.

"Tourists are not tourists, they are people, ambassadors between our two countries," he said. "I do hope my brothers and sisters come from Guangzhou. China will not only spend more in New York City and its surroundings, but also learn more from the city and from the United States."

The airline hosted a seminar to introduce the direct flight to travel agents and held a gala reception at New York City's iconic Plaza Hotel.

China Southern is based in Guangzhou, operating at the Baiyun International Airport. It is one of the largest airlines in the world by number of passengers carried. The airline carried more than 90 million passengers last year, according to the company.


 

南航开通广州至纽约直航 为全球最长直飞航线之一

 
 

中国南方航空公司6日在纽约正式开通广州至纽约直飞航线。该航线每周四班,是广州唯一一条直飞纽约的航线。据介绍,该航线将飞跃北极,单程航距达到1.35万公里,飞行时间16小时左右,是目前全球最长的直飞航线之一。

  南航集团董事长司献民在纽约举行的首航仪式上表示,目前,南方航空公司已是中国乃至亚洲航线网络最发达、年客运量最大的航空公司。新开通的南航广州至纽约直飞航线每周四班,由南航全新引进的波音777-300ER机型执飞。该航线是目前广州唯一直飞美国东部地区的航线。开通后,南航客运在北美地区将有洛杉矶、纽约和温哥华三个航点。

  据介绍,广州-纽约直航飞机航班号为CZ399,广州起飞时间为1:40,到达纽约时间为5:15;纽约-广州航班号CZ300,纽约起飞时间为11:15,到达广州时间为次日的15:15。

  据介绍,目前约有100万华裔在纽约地区生活和工作,每年到达纽约的中国游客达65万左右,该航线的开通将增进两地的关系,增加两地旅游和沟通的机会。

  纽约和新泽西港务局约翰肯尼迪机场总经理迈克尔·莫兰表示,南航是中国最大的航空公司,成功开通纽约至广州的直飞航线,可以满足来美休闲旅游,以及日益庞大的商务旅行市场的需要。

  广州-纽约航线是目前全球最长的直飞航线之一。公开数据显示,目前仍在运营的全球最长直飞航线中,澳洲航空公司执飞的悉尼-美国达拉斯航线距离为1.37万公里,达美航空公司执飞的南非约翰内斯堡-美国亚特兰大直飞航线距离为1.36万公里。

  资料称,中国南方航空股份有限公司是中国乃至亚洲运输航班最多、航线网络最密集、年客运量最大的航空公司,也是目前全球第三大航空公司。

Report by Cathy Han/ Black Tie International Magazine
********

Gala Dinner

 China Southern Airlines, which is the largest airline carrier in Asia, hosted an unforgettable dinner gala at the Plaza hotel to celebrate their inaugural direct route from Guangzhou, China to New York. 

The evening, which included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner and live entertainment, was well attended by US and Chinese government representatives including Consul General of China Lei Cheng, the President &  Chairman of China Southern Airlines, Si Xianmin, NY Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, New York City Council member Mark Treygar, NY Assemblyman William Colton, Governor Cuomo’s Office Regional Representative Linda Sun, and other esteemed guests including President of Delta Airlines Edward Bastian, TV News personality and WABC host Rita Cosby, actress Julianne Michelle, President of Emma New York Chih-Chin Sun, and film producer and Vice President of Supernova Media, Joycelyn Engle. Black Tie International Magazine, Publisher, Gerard Mc Keon,
and
Andrea Spring Managing Director Blue Star Jets

Also of notable mention was the announcement of the official partnership between NY Empire State and China Southern Airlines by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to further promote Chinese tourism in New York State as part of his Global Tourism Initiative.

“By partnering with China Southern Airlines, I LOVE NEW YORK is taking a giant step forward to promote the best place in the world to travel – New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “Collaborating with Asia’s largest airline will make everything that we have to offer more accessible to China’s bustling market, quite literally providing a gateway to the iconic Empire State. New York is experiencing record levels of tourism in both New York City and Upstate New York, and our administration will continue to foster this surge so that spending by visitors and investment by businesses can continue to grow local economies.”

To signify this new marketing partnership and the long lasting friendship between the US and China, Jeff Hofgard, vice-president of International Operations and Policy for Boeing Government Operations, presented a welcome gift of a bronze American eagle to Chairman of China Southern Airlines Si Xianmin. 

"As the largest city in the United States, New York is truly the
 capital of the world," Si said. "It is the world center of finance, trade, science, information technology and has no equal. Guangzhou is the third largest city
 in China and the political, economic,
scientific and cultural center of southern China."

 

 Toast to the success of the Guangzhou, China to JFK, route.  Gambai!

 Toast to the success of the Guangzhou, China to JFK, route.  Gambai!
Mr. Si Xianmin
, Chairman of China Southern Airlines, Mr. Chen Gang,Executive Vice President of China Southern Airlines, and the gentleman on the right is Mr. Thomas Flynn, Managing Director of BNY Mellon.

Andrea Spring managing Director Blue Star Jets with Edward H.Bastain President Delta Airlines.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com


Andrea Spring Managing Director Blue Star Jets
with Edward H. Bastain President Delta Airlines

 

Kenneth E. Hyatt, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce


Kenneth E. Hyatt,
Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce

 

Cesar A Perales NY Secretary of State.  Photo by:   Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 
Cesar A Perales NY Secretary of State

 
 

Edward Bastian President Delta - Airlines and Robert D. Hormats Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates.  Photo by: Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 
 

Edward Bastian President Delta - Airlines and Robert D. Hormats
 Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates

 


Jeff Hofgard, vice-president of International Operations and
Policy for Boeing Government Operations

 

Mikki O'Brien, Zutu Li, Jan He, Lydia Hu


Mikki O'Brien, Zuxu Li, Jan He, Lydia Hu
 

Kenneth Chang and Jack Chen Sino- American Business Organization Thank you soo much !...Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 Kenneth Chang and Jack Chen Sino- American Business Organization
 

NY Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, Consul General of China Lei Cheng,Edward Bastian President Delta - Airlines

NY Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, Consul General of China Lei Cheng,
Edward Bastian President Delta - Airlines
 

Cathy Han, Reporter, Black Tie International Magazine,  Ann Lee  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com


Cathy Han, Reporter, Black Tie International Magazine,  Ann Lee

 

Chiu-Ti Jansen.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
 
Chiu-Ti Jansen
 

 

China Tain and Gerard Mc Keon, Publisher Black Tie International Magazine.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com


China Tain and Gerard Mc Keon, Publisher Black Tie International Magazine
 

.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 

Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek

 

.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com


China Tian, Julianne Michelle, Joycelyn Engle and Chih-Chin Sun

 

The Performers


The Performers

Cheng Wei, Chief Correspondent, Economic Daily, Andrea Spring, Cathy Han, Gerard Mc Keon, Liu Yu, Economic Daily, Linda Hong de Chef, General Manager, Breguet, Jason Chen, Zess Zhao

Cheng Wei, Chief Correspondent, Economic Daily, Andrea Spring,
 Cathy Han, Gerard Mc Keon,
Liu Yu, Correspondent,  Economic Daily, Linda Hong de Chef, General Manager,
Breguet, Jason Chen, Zess Zhao

 Andrea Spring and and Gerard Mc Keon toasting the success of the flight.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

 Andrea Spring, Gerard Mc Keon and  the Chairman of China Southern Airlines ,
Si Xianmin, toast to the success of the
Guangzhou, China to JFK, route.  Gambai!

China Southern Airlines

For more than 30 years, China Southern - www.csair.com
 - has been the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China and is headquartered
 at the ultra-modern Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou. China Southern operates
 a fleet of more than 550 aircraft
and serves 193 cities in 30 countries and regions, forming an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs.

China Southern is a proud member of SkyTeam and together with member airlines
offers passengers a worldwide
system of more than 19,000 daily flights spanning more than 1,000 destinations
 in 187 countries.

 

 

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