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 and international flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.
|Frequent-flyer program||Golden Panda|
|Headquarters||Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan|
|Key people||Li Haiying (Chairman)|
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. 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.
Sichuan Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
|Airbus A350-900||1||13||28||303||331||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 made a difficult landing with decompression failure and extremely low temperature. The copilot and a flight attendant were reported injured.
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