Category Archives: Sichuan Airlines

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

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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.

Sichuan Airlines orders 10 Airbus A350-900s

Airbus confirmed at the Farnborough Airshow a deal agreed earlier in 2018 that Sichuan Airlines, based in the Southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, has selected the A350-900 to become the latest aircraft in its fleet.

Sichuan Airlines operates the largest all-Airbus fleet in China with over 130 Airbus family aircraft. In addition to its domestic network, Sichuan Airlines now operates on over 30 international routes, including routes from Chengdu to Moscow, Sidney, Dubai and Vancouver. The airline also leased four A350-900s, with the first one to be delivered by this year.

The newly introduced A350-900, which is a strong supplement to Sichuan Airlines’ Airbus fleet, will be deployed on its nonstop long haul international routes, such as Chengdu to North America and Europe.

By the end of June 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 882 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

2018 list price: A350-900 US$317.4m.

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Reuters: Sichuan Airlines jet makes emergency landing after cockpit windshield breaks off

From Reuters:

A Sichuan Airlines flight made an emergency landing in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after a windshield on the right side of the jet’s cockpit broke off, China’s aviation authority said.

No passengers were injured in the incident but the pilot sitting in the right seat, who is usually the first officer, suffered scratches and a waist sprain, the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration said on its website.

A cabin crew member was also injured in the descent, it added, without providing details on what had caused the windshield to break off.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633 (Airbus A319 B-6419), left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, the authority said.

Sichuan Airlines said on its official Weibo account that the flight had experienced a “mechanical failure” without providing further details. It said it had switched the flight’s passengers to another aircraft to carry on their journey to Lhasa.

Pictures published by government-run Chengdu Economic Daily showed the plane missing one of its cockpit windows and damage to its cockpit controls. Chinese social media users praised the pilots for landing the flight safely without incurring any passenger injuries.

Sichuan Airlines, a regional airline headquartered in Chengdu, operates mostly domestic flights but also flies internationally to countries such as Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic.

Incidents involving cracked windshields do happen on a regular basis due to occurrences such as bird or lightning strikes but ones involving entire windshields coming off are rare.

In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet. He survived the incident, which occurred on a BAC-111 jet.

An engine on a Southwest 737 in April ripped apart in flight and shattered a cabin window, killing a female passenger in the first U.S. airline passenger fatality since 2009. On May 3, another Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a cabin window pane cracked in flight.

Sichuan Airlines is coming to Zurich

Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-5960 (msn 1579) PRG (Ton Jochems). Image: 940815.

Sichuan Airlines is going to extend the existing Chengdu – Prague route to Zurich on March 26, 2018. The extended route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A330s per Airline Route.

In other news, the Chinese carrier launched the Chengdu – St. Petersburg, Russia route on January 26, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-5960 (msn 1579) PRG (Ton Jochems). Image: 940815.

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Sichuan Airlines to lease an Airbus A350-900 from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (AL) has announced the placement of one Airbus A350-900 wide body jet on long term lease to Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu, China). The aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. The A350-900 will be primarily operated across the Pacific, linking major cities in China with USA and Canada.

Sichuan will be leasing three Airbus A350-900s through AerCap and now one through ALC.

Sichuan Airlines has leased Airbus A330-200, A330-300, A319, and A321 aircraft from ALC. Later this year, Sichuan will receive the first A320neo and A321neo leased into China from ALC.