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Sichuan Airlines to Launch Five International Routes

Sichuan Airlines plans to open five intercontinental routes this year as the Chengdu-based carrier accelerates its international expansion pace.

Chairman Li Haiying told Chinese local media that the five routes, all originating from Chengdu, will go to Zurich, Copenhagen, Boston, Cairo and Tel Aviv. They have all received regulatory approval and expect to launch beginning in May.

In addition, Sichuan is also considering opening a new intercontinental route to Panama. “We haven’t fully decided [whether to open Panama route] and this Panama route still needs verification,” Li said.

Sichuan Airlines operates a fleet of 132 aircraft on more than 270 routes. The carrier operates 11 Airbus A330s on 48 international routes. Last year, the carrier leased four A350s and ordered 10 A350s in January, which are scheduled to be delivered from May.

The airline has invested CNY6.55 billion ($1 billion) in the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to help facilitate its international expansion.

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