China Northwest Airlines

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China Northwest Airlines
Founded 1989
Ceased operations 2002 (Merged with China Eastern)
Hubs Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Fleet size 40+
Headquarters Xi'an, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China

China Northwest Airlines Co., Ltd. (中国西北航空公司) was an airline based in the People's Republic of China, with its headquarters in Xian.[1] It started operations in 1989. In 2002, the airline, along with China Yunnan Airlines, merged with China Eastern Airlines.

When CAAC broke itself up into six major airline corporations, China Northwest was one of them. The airline was based in Xian and operated a fleet of BAe 146, Tupolev Tu-154, Airbus A310 and later Airbus A320 aircraft. It operated mostly domestic routes but also a handful of international flights to Japan.

After the acquisition the airline was renamed China Eastern Xi Bei.[2]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On July 23, 1993, Flight 2119 crashed while attempting to take off at Yinchuan Hedong Airport, Ningxia, killing 54 passengers and 1 crew member on board.
  • On June 6, 1994 Flight 2303 broke apart and crashed while flying between Xi'an and Guangzhou, killing all 160 people on board. As of 2015, this remains the deadliest aviation accident to occur in mainland China.


  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1–7 April 1998. 57. "Laodong Nanlu, Xian City, 710082, Shanxi Provence [sic], China"
  2. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 23–29, 2004. 52.

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