Category Archives: Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines launches the Chengdu – Helsinki route

Sichuan Airlines made this announcement:

At 5:39 am local time on September 16, 2019, Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8271, carrying 278 passengers, landed smoothly at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, marking the success of the airline’s maiden nonstop flight from Chengdu, China to Helsinki, Finland.

A ceremony for the maiden flight and a promotional event for the launch of the new service were then held by Sichuan Airlines in Helsinki, with representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Finland, the Finnish Directorate of Immigration, the Finnish Tourism Board, the municipal governments of Helsinki and Vantaa, Helsinki Business Hub, local travel agencies and Chinese-funded firms in attendance.

The new route was originally to fly directly to Copenhagen. However, the stop in Helsinki was added, transforming the airline’s original ChengduCopenhagen service to the current ChengduHelsinkiCopenhagen service, becoming one that also connects two Nordic cities. The schedule is one flight every Monday and Friday. An Airbus A330 aircraft will service the route, with flight numbers and flight times as follows (all times are local times):

Westbound: 3U8271, departing from Chengdu at 2:00 am and arriving in Helsinki at 6:00 am, and then departing from Helsinki at 8:35 am and arriving in Copenhagen at 9:10 am;

-Eastbound: 3U8272, departing from Copenhagen at 10:55 am and arriving in Helsinki at 1:35 pm, and then departing from Helsinki at 3:45 pm and arriving in Chengdu the next day at 5:00 am.

Finland is renowned for its Aurora Borealis and winter resorts. It only takes nine hours for travelers to fly from Chengdu to Finland, home of visual phenomena that can only be seen in regions bordering the Arctic Circle and a world of ice and snow.

Passengers of Sichuan Airlines who depart from mainland China/overseas (regional) airports and take connecting flights in Chengdu are entitled to a range of transit benefits, including free accommodation, coffee break service and meal, VIP lounge, rapid security check and visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Sichuan Airlines has launched international non-stop flights from Chengdu to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Helsinki, Istanbul, Rome and Yangon, among other international cities, since the beginning of this year. The airline has gradually expanded their “Panda Route” with international (regional) courses increasing to more than 50 by now.

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Video: Sichuan Airlines A350 Panda One flight

New video from Sam Chui:

This was filmed a month back when I was in China. It is my first full vlog in Mandarin! (Chinese). English is provided as subtitle. I must also declare this is NOT sponsored by the airline as I paid my own ticket. As always I like to make my content engaging and marketable to show the best of each airline.

Air Lease Corporation announces lease placement of 10 Airbus A321-200neo aircraft with Sichuan Airlines

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced today long-term lease agreements for ten Airbus A321-200neo aircraft with Sichuan Airlines.

Scheduled to deliver from ALC’s order book with Airbus starting in 2021 through 2022, the ten A321-200neos join one A350-900, one A321-200neo, one A320-200neo, four A321-200s, one A330-300 and one A330-200 aircraft currently on lease to the airline from ALC.

Images: Sichuan Airlines.

ALC delivers the first Airbus A350-900 to Sichuan Airlines

Air Lease Corporation on May 21announced the delivery of one new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on long-term lease to Sichuan Airlines.  Featuring Trent XWB-84 engines, this A350-900 is the first ALC A350-900 to deliver to an airline in China.  The aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Airbus and joins eight Airbus aircraft currently on lease from ALC to Sichuan Airlines for a total of nine aircraft.

Sichuan Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in August 2018.

Sichuan Airlines to launch nonstop service to Copenhagen

Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-5960 (msn 1579) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943617.

Sichuan Airlines has announced it will open the Chengdu – Copenhagen route on December 10, 2018.

The new route will operate two days a week with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Copyright Photo (all others by Sichuan Airlines): Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-5960 (msn 1579) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943617.

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Sichuan Airlines introduces new cabin crew uniforms

(PRNewsfoto/Sichuan Airlines)

Sichuan Airlines has unveiled newly-designed cabin crew uniforms as part of its “Panda Route” international flight development program. The classic red-and-black design symbolizing passion and rationality aims to promote the airline’s image and raise its profile on the global stage.

Inspired by Sichuan Airlines’ theme color, “Sichuan red,” the ladies’ new uniform is composed of a red one-piece, a black blazer, a red blazer, a black winter wool coat and a black hat. The gentleman’s uniform features a white shirt with red stripe design and a splash of red on the blazer pocket to echo the ladies’ dress.

“Our new 7th edition uniforms are inspired by the idea of ‘Movements, Sichuan‘ with the color red representing the hospitality and passion of Sichuanese people as well as the spicy flavour of Sichuancuisine. We want to bring the first impression of Chinese elements and Sichuan flavors to the travelers through the new design alongside the flight attendants’ professional and heartwarming services,” said Shi Zuyi, General Manager of Sichuan Airlines.

Sichuan Airlines refreshes its uniforms every five to ten years, and each design has been an expression of the airline’s image throughout different stages of its development. The company puts lots of thought into uniforms, from the polka dot shirts with white dresses in early years to the 6th edition red-rose and sapphire design with bowknot on the waist.

The airline now owns the largest Airbus fleet in China, and its 270 “Panda Routes” connect Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. With the release of its new cabin crew uniforms and the upcoming introduction of new A350 passenger planes, Sichuan Airlines continues to fly on towards its networked, international, all-service goal.

Sichuan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Sichuan Airlines, the largest all Airbus fleet carrier in China, has taken delivery of its first A350-900 leased from AerCap in Toulouse today, becoming the first Chinese mainland operator via leasing to take delivery of the world’s newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody aircraft.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, Sichuan Airlines’ A350-900 aircraft features a comfortable two-class cabin layout of 331 seats: 28 business, and 303 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes, followed by its international “Panda Routes”.

Sichuan Airlines operates an all Airbus fleet of 135 aircraft, including 123 A320 Family aircraft and 12 A330 Family aircraft. The partnership between Sichuan Airlines and Airbus dates back to 1995 when the airline introduced the A320, becoming the first to operate an Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft on the Chinese mainland. It was also the first operator to take delivery of a Tianjin assembled A320 Family aircraft. In 2010, Sichuan Airlines received its first A330 aircraft, in 2016 it signed a Letter of Intent for leasing four A350-900s, and in 2018 it signed an agreement with Airbus to order ten A350-900s.

By the end of July 2018, Airbus recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Photo: Airbus.