|Frequent-flyer program||Golden Panda|
|Headquarters||Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan|
|Key people||Li Haiying (Chairman)|
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, operating mainly scheduled domestic flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.
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%).
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). In 2016, Sichuan Airlines started twice-a-week flights to its first European destination, Prague.
- Chengdu Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines (SkyTeam)
- China Express Airlines
- China Southern Airlines (SkyTeam)
- Shandong Airlines
- XiamenAir (SkyTeam)
As of December 2017, Sichuan Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet consisting of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A350-900||—||14||TBA||4 aircraft were originally ordered by SriLankan Airlines.|
Accidents and incidents
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.
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 has to land the aircraft in a highly difficult environment with decompression failure and extremely low temperature. Two crew injuries, the copilot and a flight attendant, were reported.
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