Refurbished 777-200 re-enters service with China Southern

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China Southern Airlines’ first 777-200 to receive a cabin refurbishment has re-entered service with the carrier.

The cabin upgrade sees the aircraft receive new first class, premium economy and economy seats, while total capacity is reduced from 374 to 360 seats. It also included fitting new lavatories, changing crew rest areas and other associated work, the airline says.

The upgrade was done by Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Co (GAMECO), and is the first interior refit of a widebody aircraft completed by the company.

The aircraft re-entered service on 26 September when it operated a flight from Shanghai to Urumqi.

China Southern says that the other three 777-200s in its fleet will receive the same refurbishment. Those four aircraft are deployed on domestic services, while it also has four 777-200ERs that are used on international services.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that China Southern has an operational fleet of 428 aircraft.