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Chengdu Airlines

Chengdu Airlines
成都航空
IATA ICAO Callsign
EU UEA HIBISCUS CITY
Founded 2004 (as United Eagle Airlines)
Commenced operations 2005
Hubs Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Fleet size 19
Destinations 27
Parent company Sichuan Airlines
Headquarters Chengdu, China
Website chengduair.cc

Chengdu Airlines Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 成都航空有限公司; pinyin: Chéngdū Hángkōng Yǒuxiàngōngsī), a subsidiary of Sichuan Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Chengdu, China. It operates a network of scheduled domestic passenger flights out of its hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Originally named United Eagle Airlines CO.,LTD (simplified Chinese: 联鹰航空公司; traditional Chinese: 聯鷹航空公司; pinyin: Liányīng Hángkōnggōngsī, also known as UEAir), the company was founded in 2004 by a former executive of China Northwest Airlines, with the necessary funding being provided by the Vickers Venture.[1] It took delivery of its first airliner, an Airbus A320 that previously had belonged to Air Jamaica, on 8 July 2005[2] and on 27 July, revenue flights were commenced.[1] Another similar aircraft type, the slightly smaller Airbus A319, was put in service with United Eagle Airlines on 2 December of that year.[2]

In March 2009, Sichuan Airlines invested 200 million RMB (30 million USD) in United Eagle Airlines, thus holding 76 percent of the shares.[1] In late 2009, these shares were sold to Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac and to Chengdu Communications Investment Group. Following this ownership change, United Eagle Airlines placed a firm order for 30 Comac ARJ21s, the first of which initially was planned to be delivered in late 2010.[3] Since then, the Comac project has seen a series of delays, though.

On 23 January 2010, the airline was renamed Chengdu Airlines.[1][3]

Destinations

A United Eagle Airlines Airbus A319 at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (2006)...
... and the same aircraft (registered B-6152) landing at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in the livery of Chengdu Airlines following the company's rebranding (2011).

According to the July 2013 timetable,[4] Chengdu Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following destinations. A route map created using this data can be found here.

Fleet

Chengdu Airlines COMAC ARJ21 at the 2014 Zhuhai Air Show

As of August 2015, the Chengdu Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.0 years:[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d [2]
  2. ^ a b "United Eagle Airlines fleet details". Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "China's United Eagle renamed Chengdu Airlines".  
  4. ^ "July 2013 timetable" (in Chinese). Chengdu Airlines. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chengdu Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

External links

  • Official website (Chinese)
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