China Southern Airlines Outlines Ambitious Growth Plans for the Next 5 Years

Fleet expansion and significant investment positions China Southern for long term sustainability, growth, and excellent career opportunities for expatriate Pilots.

China Southern plans to become the world’s largest airline within the next 3-5 years, and is already well on the way, with a total of nearly 650 aircraft in their fleet at the end of June 2019. The airline is taking continuous deliveries of A320, A350, B787, and B777, with a recent A350 delivery being the first of the type to be received by China Southern and will be joined by a further 19 on order. 

Supporting the financial stability of the airline, China Southern announced that controlling shareholder China Southern Air Holding Company (CSAH), as well as four other partners (State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council; Guangdong Hengjian Investment Holding Co Ltd; Guangzhou City Construction Investment Group and Shenzhen Penghang Equity Investment Fund Partnership) entered a capital increase agreement as part of the equity diversification of CSAH. The latter 3 will each contribute CNY10 billion (USD1.45 billion) to the registered capital of CSAH. Proceeds will be primarily used in core air transport businesses as well as other local development strategies. Following the capital increase, CSAH will remain a state owned enterprise. 

With ambitious growth plans, China Southern continues to be an attractive flying opportunity for expatriate Pilots on B777, B787, and A330 aircraft in Type Rated and Non-Type Rated Captain positions. Secure your future - fly exciting new aircraft, receive excellent pay, choose from multiple roster patterns, enjoy an extensive worldwide network for commuting and worldwide medical insurance on and off duty provided free to you by Rishworth Aviation. Now is an excellent time to join this award winning airline.  

China Southern Airlines Expansion

About China Southern Airlines

Established in 1988 and based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in China. Globally, China Southern is the 6th largest airline in the world by passengers carried and ranks first in Asia by fleet size, passengers carried and revenue.

With continued efforts to establish itself as a network-oriented world-class airline with Chinese characteristics, China Southern Airlines has formed an extensive network across China that links Europe and Oceania and spreads throughout North America, the Middle East, and Africa from Asia. China Southern has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance since 2007 and was the first Chinese carrier to join a global airline alliance. 

China Southern now operates more than 3,000 daily flights to over 220 destinations in over 40 countries and regions across the world. Currently, the airline operates a vast fleet of nearly 850 passenger and cargo transport aircraft, including Boeing B787, B777, B747 and B737, as well as Airbus A380, A330, A321, A320, and A319. In 2018, the airline transported more than 140 million passengers globally. 

In the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards, China Southern Airlines was awarded the ‘Best Economy Class in China’, as well as the ‘Best First Class Airline in China’ and ‘Best First Class Airline Lounge in China’. The company’s rating has held steady since 2018, at 14th among the top 100 airlines worldwide.

About Rishworth Aviation and China Southern Airlines

Rishworth Aviation has a dedicated China Southern team, who speak both English and Chinese based in China and in Auckland, New Zealand. The team is on hand to assist you during the application, screening and start of contract process and in adapting to working and living in China. We are there to facilitate communications with the airline, and ensure that your time on assignment with us is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

We currently have excellent Pilot job opportunities for B787, B777  and A350, & A330 Captains - Type Rated and Non Type Rated, available with China Southern based in Guangzhou, with options of Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Auckland, Vancouver, London (Please enquire about the available bases on your fleet). Learn more about the, B787, B777, A350 & A330 Captain Pilot jobs below.

Meet the China Southern Airlines team at Rishworth Aviation

Jack Jiang -  South China Representative / Pilot Support

Rishworth Aviation China Recruitment Team

Hello, I am Jack, Rishworth Aviation's South China Representative. I am based in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province. I've been with Rishworth since 2017 and I have a background in Human Resources and Customer Service. I am very experienced in helping airline clients and pilots during the screening and joining process, as well as helping pilots to adapt their work and life in China. Join us, together with our team in China and New Zealand, we will provide the best assistance and support to you.

Cynthia Wilson -  Lead Consultant

Rishworth Aviation China Recruitment Team

I am based at Rishworth Aviation's Auckland office and was born in China, however, moved to New Zealand many years ago. I hold a Bachelor degree from the University of Auckland majoring in International Business and Marketing. I previously worked as a Legal Executive for an Auckland law firm.  I enjoy dealing with people from different cultures and finding the right job for expatriate pilots.  Contact me at

Duke Du -  Recruitment Consultant

Rishworth Aviation China Recruitment Team

As part of the North East Asia recruitment team based in Auckland New Zealand, my focus is to help pilots from around the globe with job opportunities at airlines in China. I have worked in legal and operations roles in China, Tibet, Hong Kong and the USA, holding an LLB from China and an LLM degree from the U.K. It is rewarding to see that I can apply my knowledge and experiences to the aviation industry and help pilots to achieve their career goals. In my spare time, I love fishing, cooking & exploring New Zealand. Contact me at

Judith Erren - Regional Manager

Rishworth Aviation China Recruitment Team

I provide support to some of our key airline clients and to the pilots on contract at these airlines. Before I made New Zealand my home I lived in my home country Germany, and Australia. Prior to joining Rishworth I worked at law firms, specialising in European employment and commercial law. I hold an LL.M. from Australia and law degrees from Germany. I thoroughly enjoy the aviation industry and providing a professional service to our pilots and airlines. In my free time, I enjoy zumba, tennis, kitesurfing and kayaking, and anything else beautiful New Zealand has on offer. Contact me at

Liz Loveridge - Regional Director

Rishworth Aviation China Recruitment Team

In my many years with Rishworth, I have been involved in all aspects of the business, having worked with most our airline client in the Asia Pacific region. I have over 18 years’ experience in aviation and general recruitment and previously I was a lawyer working in UK and New Zealand. When not travelling and experiencing all the history, arts and culture around the world that I love; I am happy enjoying the fantastic outdoors, and the food and wine that New Zealand has to offer. Contact me at

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