Sichuan Airlines is a Chinese carrier based in Chengdu. Its first long haul route was Chengdu – Vancouver four years ago. It added Chengdu – Melbourne a year later.
Launched in 1986, it is now part-owned by China Southern, Shandong Airlines, and Shanghai Airlines, with a plurality of shares held by the government. They aren’t a member of an airline alliance.
They announced Los Angeles service from Hangzhou, China last week and it starts on Monday. So they haven’t been selling tickets to fill up planes for long. Hangzhou is an odd choice for them, except that Los Angeles – Chengdu (where they’re based) is 15% longer than Vancouver – Chengdu, and a Chengdu flight form Los Angeles would stretch the range of their Airbus A330s.
Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-200, Copyright boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo
They’ve got amazing fares now for this new flight.
One Mile at a Time highlighted business class fares (it’s an angled business class seat):
- Los Angeles to Hangzhou of $1,582 roundtrip
- Los Angeles to Chengdu of $1,582 roundtrip
- Los Angeles – Beijing of $1,478 roundtrip
Airfare Spot highlighted economy fares starting at $358.
These fares can be booked online, though the airline’s website is clunky, I found them using airfare metasearch site Momondo.
In terms of routings, Lucky points out the cheapest fares are to Beijing and Shanghai but those require overnights in Chengdu so are less than ideal (except for those wanting to overnight in Chengdu!).