China Southwest Airlines
|Founded||15 October 1987|
|Ceased operations||28 October 2002 (merged with Air China)|
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China
China Southwest Airlines (CSWA, simplified Chinese: 中国西南航空公司; traditional Chinese: 中國西南航空公司; pinyin: Zhōngguó Xīnán Hángkōng Gōngsī) was an airline with its head office on the property of Shuangliu Airport in Shuangliu County, Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. On 28 October 2002, China Southwest Airlines was merged into Air China.
China Southwest Airlines' main hub was at Chengdu Shuangliu, Sichuan Province and its secondary hub was in Chongqing. It was the only airline flying to Lhasa until 2002. Although most routes from its hubs Chengdu and Chongqing were domestic, it also flew to Bangkok, Chiangmai, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Osaka and Seoul.
Incidents and accidents
- On January 18, 1988, China Southwest Airlines Flight 4146, an Ilyushin 18D crashed while on approach to Chongqing Airport. All 108 people on board were killed.
- On October 2, 1990, a hijacked Xiamen Airlines airliner sideswiped a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 707 before crashing into a third airliner. Nobody on the 707 died.
- On February 24, 1999, Flight 4509 crashed into a field while on approach to Wenzhou Airport, killing all 61 passengers and crew members on board.
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1–7 April 1998. 57. "Shuangliu Airport, Chengdu, 610202, Sichuan, China"
- "Aircraft accident Ilyushin 18D B-222 Chongqing Airport". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
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