Sichuan Airlines has received the first of three A330-200 Freighters leased by BOC Aviation Ltd with the remaining two scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2019. All three aircraft are part of BOC’s existing owned and managed portfolio and were formerly operated by Qatar Airways Cargo.
“We congratulate Sichuan Airlines on the occasion of its 31st anniversary and we are very pleased to once again support the fleet development plans of Sichuan Airlines with the addition of three Airbus A330 Freighter aircraft to its fleet,” says David Walton, chief operating officer, BOC Aviation.
“This placement demonstrates our ability to provide capacity solutions tailored to our customers’ needs. We look forward to working closely with the Sichuan Airlines team in the transition and delivery of the remaining aircraft,” Walton adds.
Brussels Airport (BRU) and Sichuan Airlines had announced back in March that the carrier would begin operating full freighter flights to Brussels from end-April using A330-200F aircraft. That start – its first full-cargo destination in Europe – was obviously pushed back.
The carrier had said it would kick off three flights a week, gradually increasing the number to six per week by 2020.
Sichuan Airlines, based in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), is a full service carrier with more than 270 routes carrying nearly 30 million passengers annually. Established over 30 years ago, Sichuan Airlines’ shareholders include three other airlines – China Southern Airlines (39 per cent), China Eastern Airlines (10 per cent), Air China Group (10 per cent) and its largest investor is the Sichuan provincial government. It currently operates an all-Airbus fleet with more than 140 single and twin-aisle aircraft.