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China Southern Takes Delivery of Fourth and Final New Airbus A330; Only Carrier in China to Offer Business Class Flat Bed Seats.

GUANGZHOU, China -- China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) (HKSE:1055) (SHA:600029) -- -- the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, has taken delivery of its fourth -- and final -- Airbus A330 aircraft.

The brand-new aircraft arrived last weekend in Guangzhou and is slated to initially used in China Southern's domestic routes from Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou to both Beijing and Shanghai. China Southern Airlines Vice President Mr. Yuan Xin'an served as the carrier's team leader in Toulouse, France, at Airbus.

"China Southern Airlines is pleased to take delivery of this brand-new aircraft as we continue to increase our long-haul capabilities," said Mr. Yuan.

"We look forward to placing this new long-haul aircraft into operation into key markets that will allow our airline to be even more competitive in the global marketplace," added Mr. Yuan.

Direct from the Airbus factory floor in Toulouse, France, China Southern's brand-new Airbus A330 features 24 Minipod Premium Business Class seats from B/E Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAV) which has won four prestigious design awards and was a nominee for Flight International's 2004 Aerospace Industry Award.

China Southern Airline's Airbus A330 all-new Premium Business Class seats feature:

--An ergonomically designed fixed privacy shell which transforms into an eight degree flat bed -- 1.9 meters long. The entire seat translates forward -- and widens -- in one swift motion -- offering a private fixed living space for each passenger;

--Independent rotating leg rest adjustments which rise up and down -- provides support to lower legs and calves;

--Electrically extending foot rest extension and bottom cushion extension which lengthens and shortens;

--Fully adjustable, automatic lumbar massage function;

--Multi-functional telephone and video control unit which controls 10.4 inch LCD tilting viewing screen and on-board music channels;

--Easily accessible, AC power plugs for laptops and CD players. No adaptors are needed;

--Private storage cavity and hip recess for added personal convenience;

--58 inches of pitch between shell pods;

--Individual directional LED reading light with full intermediate dimming;

-- Pull-out privacy divider separating each passenger

The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 26 years, China Southern Airlines -- -- connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan and as well as international service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

For China Southern Airlines reservations and information, please contact your local travel agent.

NOTE: High-res jpeg photos of China Southern Airlines' new Airbus A330 aircraft as well as its new Premium Business Class, flat bed seat are available upon request to
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Date:Jun 14, 2005
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