Showing posts with label Sichuan Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sichuan Airlines. Show all posts

18 May, 2023

China’s first Airbus A330 P2F delivered to Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of China's first Airbus A330-300 Passenger to Freighter converted aircraft.  The cargo jet is on long-term lease from CDB Aviation and was converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH with Shanghai Technologies Aerospace Company Limited at its facilities in Shanghai Pudong, concluding EFW’s first-ever A330 P2F conversion to have taken place in China.

“This re-delivery marks a significant milestone for Sichuan Airlines and China as we see the outcome of intense work and collaboration resulting in the arrival of the country’s very first A330 P2F,” asserted Jie Chen, CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to the Sichuan Airlines team for trusting CDB Aviation to be a partner in supporting their innovative fleet strategy and for becoming our first A330 P2F customer in China. This aircraft will be a superb addition to their fleet as the airline continues to serve the country’s rapidly expanding air cargo market.”

The freighter, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was delivered to Sichuan Airlines on May 15, 2023, becoming the inaugural A330 P2F in the carrier’s fleet. In addition to the A330 P2F, CDB Aviation has two A320 aircraft on lease to the airline.

“We are very happy to build on our relationship with CDB Aviation and thank CEO Jie Chen and his team for their work and cooperation in bringing this aircraft to market,” said Zuyi Shi, Sichuan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer. “The introduction of this A330 P2F will provide us more freighter capacity to meet the market requirement and further strengthen our development strategy in cargo business.”

29 October, 2020

A New Airbus A321NEO for Sichuan Airlines

AerCap Delivers a New Airbus A321NEO to Sichuan Airlines

 AerCap Holdings has announced the delivery of a new Airbus A321-200Neo aircraft, powered by Pratt and Whitney engines, to Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines. The aircraft is on a long-term operating lease from AerCap's order book with Airbus.

AerCap's President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs said, "We are very pleased to continue supporting Sichuan Airline's narrowbody fleet renewal. The Airbus A321neo aircraft will enable Sichuan to expand its short haul network more economically, further enhancing its overall operations and advancing its commitment to maintain a highly competitive, fuel-efficient fleet. We wish Chairman Li Haiying and all the team at Sichuan Airlines every success and we look forward to working with them for many years to come."

Sichuan Airlines' Chairman Li Haiying said, "This delivery clearly demonstrates the strong relationship between our two companies, and I would like to extend my gratitude to AerCap for enabling Sichuan to meet its growth targets, even during such global challenges".

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03 June, 2020

President Trump to ban Chinese Airlines from flying into the US

                In a move likely to cause major retaliation and tension, the US President Donald Trump has instigated a travel ban on Chinese passenger aircraft from flying to the United States from 16th June.

Tensions are simmering away to an almost boiling point between the two nations, as the US wants to put pressure on China to allow US airlines to restart air services.  The stance by the U.S. Department of Transportation under Trump's instruction is aimed at penalizing China for what the U.S. says is failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two countries. 

This order applies to Sichuan Airline, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and  Xiamen Airlines.

The Trump administration accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to file flight schedules with the U.S. government.

18 June, 2019

Sichuan Airlines to get 10 Airbus A321-200neo's to

Air Lease Corporation announced this week 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.

“This significant lease placement exhibits ALC’s strong relationship with Sichuan Airlines and signals yet another chapter in our partnership,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “We are extremely honoured to once again partner with the Sichuan team as the airline continues to excel as a leading carrier with a world-class fleet.”

Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. is a regional airline headquartered on the grounds of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan in China. Sichuan Airlines serves 108 destinations in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and Australia, including long-haul overseas routes to Vancouver, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, but operates many scheduled domestic flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

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22 May, 2019

Sichuan Airlines gets a new Airbus A350-900

Air Lease Corporation announced 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 is a loyal long-term customer of ALC and we are pleased to be leasing our new A350-900 to the airline,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “This significant delivery further strengthens our close relationship and we are confident this new widebody aircraft will complement the airline’s current fleet operations, adding technological and innovative advancements that will bring a whole new experience to Sichuan’s offerings.”

28 August, 2018

Chengdu - Tel Aviv service starts next month for Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines will be starting a direct service to Tel Aviv from Chengdu next month the airline has confirmed.  The service is due to start on 26th September as will operate twice a week - on Sundays and Thursdays. 

The carrier says the flights will initially be operated by Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 277 economy class seats and 24 in business class. The airline plans to later introduce an Airbus A350 to the route. 

The schedule will see the flight depart Chengdu at 0215 arriving in Tel Aviv 0735 local time with an approximate flying time of 8 hours and 20 minutes. The return flight leaves at 1525 and will get back to Chengdu at 6:00 AM on the following morning. 

20 August, 2018

New bright uniforms for Sichuan Airlines

As part of its "Panda Route" international flight development programme, Sichuan Airlines has unveiled newly-designed cabin crew uniforms this week.

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 colour, "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.

The airline now owns the largest Airbus fleet in China with a total of 134 aircraft so far which is increasing with the arrival of the new A350s. The carrier is a growing force in the Chinese aviation industry, with 270 "Panda Routes" connecting Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. The airline carries more than 29 million passengers each year.

08 August, 2018

First A350-900 for Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900 at a special ceremony in Toulouse today. 

The airline already operates the largest all-Airbus fleet in China and is leasing the new A350 from AerCap. It has become the first Chinese mainland operator via leasing to take delivery of this type of new aircraft.

Sichuan Airlines has configured its new A350-900 with  28 business class seats and 303 in the economy cabin making a total of 331. The jet is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines which are supremely fuel efficient and offer a lower noise footprint than many other engines of its type. The carrier says it will initially deploy the new aircraft on its domestic routes, it will then be used on its international “Panda Routes”.

Sichuan Airlines has a long history with the European manufacturer, dating back to 1995 when the airline introduced the A320, becoming the first to operate an Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft on the Chinese mainland. The carrier now has a fleet of 136 Airbus aircraft, made up of  123 A320 Family aircraft, 12 A330 Family aircraft and this new A350-900. The airline has another nine of the XWB aircraft on order.  

14 May, 2018

Sichuan Airlines cockpit window shatters mid-flight

Drama in the skies over China today when one fo the cockpit windows cracked at 32,000 feet on a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319.  

The aircraft was operating flight 3U8633 from Chongqing to Lhasa. It departed Chongqing at 6.27am and was due to arrive in Lhasa at 9.27 am, however an hour into the flight one of the cockpit's windows cracked and then, according to local media, shattered. The aircraft was flying over  city of Chengdu att he time of the incident which caused the co-pilot to be partially sucked out of the aircraft. 

08 September, 2017

New A320neo For Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines, the largest all-Airbus-fleet airline in China, has taken delivery of its first A320neo earlier this week.

According to Airbus, Sichuan Airlines will operate the brand new aircraft on its domestic and international routes. The new jet is powered by Pratt and Whitney Pure Power engines and sports the incredibly effective 'Sharklets' the vertical wingtip extensions, which greatly aid fuel consumption of the aircraft.

In 1995, Sichuan Airlines became the first carrier to fly the A320, a fly-by-wire aircraft, on the Chinese mainland.  Since then the airline has steadily increased its fleet which now boasts 126 Airbus aircraft, including 116 A320s and 10 A330s.

The new A320neo aircraft features a comfortable two-class cabin configuration, featuring 8 seats in business and 150 economy class seats.

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