Sichuan Airlines is an airline headquartered at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan in China where it mainly operates scheduled domestic flights out of as well as Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.
The airline began operations in 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 include are China Southern Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.
The first long-haul overseas route was launched 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 17th October 2016, the airline launched twice-a-week service from Chengdu via Hangzhou to Los Angeles.
In November 2016 Sichuan Airlines announced it will launch a non-stop flight between Chengdu and Dubai, operating twice a week.
Sichuan Airlines' many destinations include Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Taipei, Kathmandu, Male, Taiwan, Dubai, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Moscow, Melbourne and New Zealand, Sydney and many others.
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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the major international airport serving Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province. Shuangliu International Airport is the hub airport for Sichuan Airlines as well as Chengdu Airlines. The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 40 million passengers.
Other airlines which fly to and from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport include AirAsia, Air China, Air Maca, Asiana Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, British Airways, China United Airlines, Hainan Airlines, EVA Air, China Express Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Kunming Airlines, Loong Air, Shanghai Airlines and Ruili Airlines many others.
22 June 2019
Sichuan Airlines on Saturday launched a direct flight connecting Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Rome. This is the first regular direct flight between the two cities. The flight will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by an Airbus A330, with a single trip taking about 11 hours.
16 March 2019
Sichuan Airlines is adding new service to Turkey, with planned Chengdu – Istanbul service. From April 2019, the Airbus A330 aircraft will operate this route 3 times a week.