The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - CHRIS­TINE McCABE

WITH the launch of a daily A380 ser­vice be­tween Syd­ney and Guangzhou by Asia’s largest car­rier, China South­ern Air­lines, and a 72-hour visa-free waiver now avail­able to Aus­tralians stop­ping over in this lively city, the so-called Can­ton Route has be­come a vi­able new link for Europe-bound trav­ellers. Ser­vic­ing a bur­geon­ing Chi­nese travel mar­ket, the new A380 flights are also Aussiefriendly. At least two English-speak­ing, Aus­trali­abased cabin at­ten­dants are on each flight and there’s Aus­tralian wine on tap — a visit by air­line pres­i­dent and CEO Tan Wan­geng to Pen­folds has seen the ad­di­tion of its iconic reds to the on­board cel­lar. Cater­ing is Western-Can­tonese fu­sion (try the ‘‘deluxe beef noo­dle soup en­sem­ble’’) and, for pre­mium pas­sen­gers, the A380 is con­fig­ured with 70 flat-bed busi­ness-class seats on the up­per deck and eight first-class suites in the main cabin. In­tro­duc­tory Syd­ney-Guangzhou re­turn fares valid for most of next year start at $876. More: csair.com.au.

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