Sichuan Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded19 September 1986; 37 years ago (1986-09-19)
Commenced operations14 July 1988; 35 years ago (1988-07-14)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programGolden Panda
  • Chengdu Airlines
  • Sichuan Airlines Logistics
  • Sichuan Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (73.04%)
Fleet size192
Parent company
HeadquartersChengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan
Key peopleLi Haiying (Chairman)
Employeesmore than 6,000
Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Airlines is the largest airline in Western China, headquartered in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.[3]

The airline is based in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, operating mainly scheduled domestic and international flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Kunming Changshui International Airport. Sichuan Airlines is also the first airline in mainland China to operate Airbus A320 and the first batch of airlines in mainland China to receive Airbus A350.


The airline was established on 19 September 1986 as Sichuan Airlines Company, its first flight was on 14 July 1988 between Chengdu and Wanzhou.[citation needed]

The airline was later restructured as Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. on 29 August 2002, in which the Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. Group became the major shareholder (40%). The other shareholders are China Southern Airlines (39%), China Eastern Airlines (10%), Air China Group (10%) and Chengdu Gingko Restaurant Co. (1%).[4][5]

In 2018, the airline was the 42th largest airline group in the world ranked by traffic.[6]

Corporate affairs


Sichuan Airlines' corporate headquarters is located in its hub Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Shuangliu District, Chengdu, Sichuan,[7] and its secondary hubs are at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Kunming Changshui International Airport.[4]


Sichuan Airlines owns Chengdu Airlines as its subsidiary, which also has its hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Chengdu Airlines was formerly named as United Eagle Airlines, and was renamed to Chengdu Airlines to help lift the image of Chengdu on behalf of the city's government, according to an anonymous official of Sichuan Airlines. In late 2009, Sichuan Airlines sold some of its share of Chengdu Airlines to aircraft manufacturer Comac and the Chengdu Communications Investment Group. Chengdu Airlines is the first operator of the Comac ARJ21.[8]


Sichuan Airlines' logo is a haiyan (海燕) that is soaring with high temperament, symbolizing the company's entrepreneurial spirit. The circle represents the earth and the four wave patterns represents a hundred rivers going into the sea and carrying back virtues, corresponding to the core values of Sichuan Airlines' "truthfulness, goodness, beauty, love", symbolizing that Sichuan Airlines takes off from the inland and connects the stability of land civilization and the outward development of marine civilization.[9]

In addition to the logo, Sichuan Airlines gives emphasis to the Chinese character "" in which not only the character means river or a shortened name of Sichuan, but also that the character is defined as running through and gathering. It means that Sichuan Airlines is engaged in aviation flight and had built a world-class fleet that connects five continents, improving its network radiation capability and opening more international routes to build a bridge between Western China and the world and to integrate the world's corporate vision.[9]


Main article: List of Sichuan Airlines destinations

Sichuan Airlines is operating mainly flights in East Asia. (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Guangzhou, Lhasa, Kunming, Urumqi, Kathmandu, etc.)[citation needed]

Others destinations include Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland), Africa (Cairo), Western Asia (Dubai, Tel Aviv), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Bangkok), Europe (Prague, Zurich, Copenhagen, Rome, Helsinki) and North America (Vancouver, Los Angeles), etc.[citation needed]

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).[10] In 2016, Sichuan Airlines started twice-a-week flights to its first European destination, Prague.[11] 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.[12]

Codeshare agreements

Sichuan Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[13]


Current fleet

A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A321neo
An Airbus A330-200 flying into Melbourne Airport
A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A350
Airbus A320-200 economy class cabin

As of December 2023, Sichuan Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet composed of the following aircraft:[14][15]

Sichuan Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 23 8 124 132
Airbus A320-200 53 8 142 150 B-6388 in Chinese Dragon livery.
B-6719 in Yunnan livery.
Airbus A320neo 27 8 150 158[16]
Airbus A321-200 43 8 186 194 B-1663 in "100th Aircraft" livery.
Airbus A321neo 26 2 8 190 198
Airbus A330-200 4 36 209 245 One aircraft painted in panda livery.
Airbus A330-300 7 36 265 301[17] B-5923 and B-5929 in "Wuliangye" livery.
B-5945 in 2021 Summer Universiade livery.
Airbus A350-900 5 9[18][19] 28 303 331 B-325J and B-306N in Panda Route Livery.
B-304V and B-304U in Chengdu FISU World University Games.
B-301D in Panda Livery.
Comac C919 20 TBA
Sichuan Airlines Cargo fleet
Airbus A330-200F 3 Cargo
Airbus A330-300/P2F 1 1 Cargo Delivery started from 2022.[20]
Total 192 32

Special Liveries

Sichuan Airlines lounge at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

Former fleet

The Xi'an Y-7 is Sichuan Airlines' first self-owned aircraft
Sichuan Airlines Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A319-100 1 2010 2016
Airbus A320-200 13 1996 2019
Airbus A321-100 2 2003 2015
Airbus A321-200 4 1998 2018
Airbus A330-200 1 2012 2014
Antonov An-24 Un­known Un­known Un­known
Boeing 737-300 1 2000 2001
Embraer ERJ 145 5 2000 2011
Tupolev Tu-154 6 1992 2001 [21]
Xian MA60 Un­known Un­known Un­known
Xian Y-7 Un­known Un­known Un­known [22]

Golden Panda

The Golden Panda Club is a frequent-flyer program launched by Sichuan Airlines. It can accumulate every flight mileage and enjoy free tickets and other product rewards. When the mileage reaches a certain standard, it can be upgraded to a VIP member and enjoy free upgrades. Free first class lounge waiting, free baggage allowance and other value-added services.[23]

Accidents and incidents

See also


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