Sichuan Airlines applies for first US flights

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Sichuan Airlines will deploy an Airbus A330 on the new route
Sichuan Airlines will deploy an Airbus A330 on the new route (credit: Sergei Bachlakov)

Sichuan Airlines is planning to launch flights to Los Angeles in the coming months, marking the Chinese airline’s debut in the US mainland.

At present, Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines flies to the US overseas territory of Saipan, and operates trans-Pacific services to the Canadian city of Vancouver. But it has now applied to the US Department of Transportation for permission to fly between Chengdu and LA.

If approved, flights would commence in September 2016 and would operate four times a week. The Monday and Thursday departures will operate via Hangzhou, while the Tuesday and Saturday flights will stop in Jinan.

Sichuan Airlines plans to deploy a two-class 245-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the route.

This will mark the third new connection between Chengdu and California launched in recent years, following United Airlines’ direct flights from San Francisco and China Eastern Airlines’ Chengdu-Nanjing-LA route.
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