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Southwest Airlines

Written by Apple Updated Jan. 17, 2021

China Southwest Airlines, was established on October 15,1987. It was merged into Air China On 28 October 2002.

Quick Facts

  • English Name: China Southwest Airlines
  • Chinese Name: 中国西南航空公司
  • Company History: Founded on October 15,1987 and merged into Air China On 28 October 2002.


China Southwest AirlinesChina Southwest Airlines, was established on October 15,1987. It was merged into Air China On 28 October 2002. It was China's first major airline to abide by the principle of separation of responsibility between administration and enterprise. The headquarters and main base of China Southwest Airlines was located at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, while the China Southwest Airlines Chongqing Company located at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and China Southwest Airlines Guizhou Company located at Guiyang Longdongbao International airport. China Southwest Airlines set overnight parking airports in Yantai, Zhanjiang and Beihai.

China Southwest Airlines was possessing a fleet of 40, fully ledged airplanes, mainly manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplane Group and Airbus Industie, which include 3 Airbus 340-300, 13 Boeing 757-200, 17 Boeing 737-300 and 3 Boeing737-800. China Southwest Airlines had 190 international, regional and domestic routes, connect over 60 cities both in China And Asia, such as Chengdu-Singapore, Chengdu-Bangkok, Lhasa- Katmandu, Chongqing-Nagoya, Chongqing-Seoul, Chongqing-Bangkok, Guiyang-Bangkok, Chengdu-Hongkong, Chongqing-Hongkong, Guiyang-Hongkong, Chongqing-Macao, Qingdao-Macao and etc. In 2000, China Southwest Airlines had carried over 50.5 millions passengers and 130 thousands tons cargo. Since 1987, China Southwest Airlines had achieved a volume of 47 millions passengers and 900 thousands tons cargo all over the world. China Southwest Airlines had present its endeavor to the reform and economy construction of Southwest China.

China Southwest Airlines had established major representative offices in Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Haikou, Xianmen, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Kunming, Beihai, Yantai, Changsha, Lhasa, Hongkong, Kathmandu, Nagoya, Bangkok, Singapore, and Seoul. There are also many regional ticketing agents all over China to present convenience to passengers and cargo owners.Safe, punctual and quality service was the guideline of China Southwest Airlines.

China Southwest Airlines had a quality team of pilots, which 300 pilots have awarded special or first class safety medals by CAAC. China Southwest Airlines Chengdu Flight Department had established a 36 years safe flying on the most famous Chengdu-Lhasa route. They also opened the route to Bangda, the highest civil airport in the world. China Southwest Airlines Chongqing Flight Team had logged up a record of 25 years of safe flying. In 1996 and 2000, China Southwest Airlines was twice awarded the Golden Roc Cup, which was the top safe flying award.

China Southwest Airlines had two maintenance bases, China Southwest Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Plant and China Southwest Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Company. China Southwest Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Plant had 30 years experience on airplane maintenance. They were awarded a medal from Boeing Company for their record of Boeing 757-200 314 days with no delays for maintenance reasons in operating. China Southwest Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Company was the sole company authorized to repair the metric and Russia types aircraft, for all overhauls of engines and accessories. China Southwest Airlines AMC had established a joint venture name SNKM Engine Maintenance Company with the France SNECMA, USA WLS and Beijing Kailan. The joint venture was aiming to fulfill the requirement of CFM56 series engines maintenance in China and Asia and Pacific Rim.

China Southwest Airlines pay much attention on the quality service, both the cabin and ground service keep a good standard. Those stewards who were trained in Thai Airways, their international standard service have got authorized both in international and domestic routes, and they have also pushed forward the whole cabin service quality. The China Southwest Airlines Passenger Service Company had also got good results in their daily work. So, in 1993, China Southwest Airlines was awarded the Consumer Protection Cup from the China Consumer Protection Association. China Southwest Airlines joined the IATA and MITA in April 1996 and March 1997. And now, China Southwest Airlines had established cooperation with dozens of international airlines, try to present more efficient service and facilities to passengers and cargo owners.

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