China Southern Airlines, headquartered in Guangzhou, will launch China's first A380 service on October 17th from Beijing to Guangzhou and on October 27th from Beijing to Shanghai [PuDong].

Rumor has it that the first international destination will be Amsterdam or Paris from Beijing or possibly Guangzhou. In the near future, China Southern may send the 'whale jet' to Los Angeles or Vancouver to replace the daily B777 service.

Per Airline Route:

As per 25AUG11 GDS inventory display, China Southern Airlines’ Airbus A380 inaugural service is currently scheduled on 17OCT11, operating 1 Daily each on Beijing – Guangzhou service from 17OCT11 to 26OCT11.

The Skyteam member from 27OCT11 to 29OCT11 will also operate Beijing – Shanghai Pu Dong service, which will temporary replace existing Beijing – Shanghai Hongqiao A330-300 service. Note current CZ A380 schedule is only loaded until 28OCT11.

Reservation is now open with following operational schedule. Note changes to planned inaugural date is possible:

Beijing – Guangzhou
CZ3000 PEK1000 – 1315CAN 380 D 17OCT11-26OCT11
CZ3999 CAN1600 – 1915PEK 380 D 17OCT11-26OCT11

First flight on Beijing – Guangzhou round-trip on 17OCT11 is not open for reservation. Reservation after 18OCT11 is now open

Beijing – Shanghai Pu Dong
CZ6000 PEK1000 – 1215PVG 380 27OCT11-29OCT11
CZ6999 PVG1500 – 1725PEK 380 267OCT11-29OCT11

Per inventory display, only full fare First Class and Economy is open for reservation.