Sichuan Airlines orders 10 A359’s

The Chengdu based airline has formally ordered 10 additional A350-900’s for delivery 2019-21.

The order is subject to Chinese Government approval.

Sichuan Airlines has already agreed to take 4 aircraft from two separate leasing companies that were originally due to be delivered to Sri Lankan Airlines, but were cancelled following revelations of corruption by the previous government. The first was delivered in a new Panda livery.

Partially owned by the provincial government as well by China Southern, China Eastern, and Shandong Airlines, Sichuan ranks as the largest Airbus operator in China, flying more than 130 aircraft, including A320neos, A321s, and A330-200/300s, which carry out most of its long-haul flights to Moscow, Vancouver, and Auckland. It has also placed a firm order for 20 Comac C919 narrowbodies.