Sichuan Airlines

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Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 四川航空) is a regional airline headquartered on the grounds of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan,[1] operating mainly scheduled domestic and international flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

Sichuan Airlines
四川航空
Sìchuān Hángkōng
Sichuan Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
3U CSC SICHUAN
Founded 1986
Commenced operations 1988
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Golden Panda
Subsidiaries
Fleet size 136
Destinations 93
Headquarters Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan
Key people Li Haiying (Chairman)
Website global.sichuanair.com/HK-EN/
The Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330 painted by "Wuliangye" was docked at Lhasa Gonggar Airport (the aircraft also took the first flight to Vancouver, Melbourne). [2][3]

History[edit]

The airline was established on 19 September 1986, with operations starting 14 July 1988 between Chengdu and Wanzhou. In August 2002 it was reorganised and the Sichuan Airlines Group, which is owned by the provincial government, became the major shareholder (40%). The other shareholders are China Southern Airlines (39%), China Eastern Airlines (10%), Shandong Airlines (10%) and Chengdu Gingko Restaurant Co. (1%).

Destinations[edit]

Sichuan Airlines is operating mainly flights in East Asia. (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Guangzhou, Lhasa, Kunming, etc.)

Others destinations include Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland), Western Asia (Dubai), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Bangkok), Europe (Prague, Zurich) and North America (Vancouver, Los Angeles), etc. The airline launched its first long-haul overseas route in June 2012 with flights from its Chengdu hub to Vancouver, Canada. Its second long-haul flight, from Chengdu to Melbourne, Australia, was launched in February 2013 with three weekly services. On 17 October 2016 the airline launched twice-a-week service from Chengdu via Hangzhou to Los Angeles (LAX).[4] In 2016, Sichuan Airlines started twice-a-week flights to its first European destination, Prague.[5] On June 23, 2018, Sichuan Airlines launched service from Chengdu to Zurich via Prague. It was the first fifth freedom flight for the airline. It was also the only airline operating this route with Airbus A330 wide body aircraft. [6]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Sichuan Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[7]

Fleet[edit]

Sichuan Airlines took delivery of their first Airbus A350 XWB in August 2018
The Economy Class of Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330

As of December 2017, Sichuan Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[8]

Sichuan Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 20 8 124 132
Airbus A319CJ 3 TBA
Airbus A320-200 55 9 8 142 150
Airbus A320neo 5 19[9] 8 150 158[10]
Airbus A321-200 38 8 186 194
Airbus A330-200 6 36 209 245
Airbus A330-300 6 36 265 301[11]
Airbus A350-900 1 13[12][13] 28 303 331 4 aircraft were originally ordered by SriLankan Airlines.
Comac C919 20 TBA
Total 134 61

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 24 January 2003, Sichuan Airlines Flight 434, a Embraer EMB-145 from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, one man attempted to hijack the airplane and ignited home-made explosives, which injured a passenger and also himself. He was subdued by a security officer.[14]

On 14 May 2018, Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633, an Airbus A319 from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, diverted to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport after a windshield on the copilot's side of the cockpit blew off, intrinsically similar to the British Airways Flight 5390 Incident, resulting in a loss of a part of the flight control panel. The flight crew made a difficult landing with decompression failure and extremely low temperature. The copilot and a flight attendant were reported injured.[15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 30 March - 5 April 2004. 67. "Cheng Du Shuang Liu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610202, China"
  2. ^ "成都首航温哥华 只需14小时(图)". 搜狐. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ "川航成都-墨尔本航线首航 "五粮液号"执飞". 中国航空新闻网. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-03-01. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Sichuan Airlines launches first US service". anna.aero. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sichuan Airlines Launches Non-stop10-hour Service between Chengdu and Prague". www.gochengdu.cn. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sichuan Airlines adds Swiss service to Zurich, a route flown via Prague". anna.aero. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Profile on Sichuan Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sichuan Airlines fleet" (December 2017). Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Sichuan Airlines Becomes First Chinese Airline to Directly Order PurePower® Engines". Pratt & Whitney. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "China's Sichuan Airlines adds maiden A320neo". ch-aviation. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  11. ^ 图片 首架A330-300加盟 川航A330飞机增至5架_民航新闻_民航资源网. cdn.carnoc.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Sichuan Airlines orders Airbus A350s". traveldailymedia. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "China's Sichuan Airlines orders ten A350-900s". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Sichuan Airlines Flight 434". Aviation Safely Network (ASN). 24 January 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Sichuan Airlines jet makes emergency landing after cockpit..." U.S. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  16. ^ "BREAKING: Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 Loses Windscreen; Crew Injuries Reported | TheAvgeek". TheAvgeek. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  17. ^ "South China Morning Post: Sichuan Airlines pilots recall moment cockpit window blew out in mid-air". Retrieved 2018-05-27. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sichuan Airlines at Wikimedia Commons