Sichuan Airlines takes delivery of its first freighter

By Damian Brett

BOC Aviation Limited has delivered the first of three Airbus A330 freighter aircraft to passenger carrier Sichuan Airlines.

The remaining two aircraft are scheduled for delivery to Sichuan Airlines in the second half of 2019.

“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. This placement demonstrates our ability to provide capacity solutions tailored to our customers’ needs,” said David Walton, Chief Operating Officer, BOC Aviation.

“We look forward to working closely with the Sichuan Airlines team in the transition and delivery of the remaining aircraft.”

The aircraft are thought to be the three A330Fs offloaded by Qatar Cargo earlier this year in line with the expansion of its B777F fleet.

Sichuan has been expected to move into freighter operations for a number of months.

Indeed, March of this year saw Brussels airport announce that the airline would begin freighter services to the Belgian hub at the end of April.

That start date has clearly been pushed back.

In March, Brussels said that the service would operate three times per week between Brussels and Chengdu, targeting e-commerce. It is hoped the service will be expanded to six times per week by 2020.

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