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Chengdu Airlines

CHENGDU AIRLINES CO.,LTD.
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Chengdu Airlines Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 成都航空有限公司; pinyin: Chéngdū Hángkōng Yǒuxiàngōngsī), a subsidiary of Sichuan Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Chengdu, China. It operates a network of scheduled domestic passenger flights out of its hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

Originally named United Eagle Airlines CO.,LTD (simplified Chinese: 联鹰航空公司; traditional Chinese: 聯鷹航空公司; pinyin: Liányīng Hángkōnggōngsī, also known as UEAir), the company was founded in 2004 by a former executive of China Northwest Airlines, with the necessary funding being provided by the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation.[1] It took delivery of its first airliner, an Airbus A320 that previously had belonged to Air Jamaica, on 8 July 2005[2] and on 27 July, revenue flights were commenced.[1] Another similar aircraft type, the slightly smaller Airbus A319, was put in service with United Eagle Airlines on 2 December of that year.[2]

In March 2009, Sichuan Airlines invested 200 million RMB (30 million USD) in United Eagle Airlines,[citation needed] thus holding 76 percent of the shares.[1] In late 2009, these shares were sold to Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac and to Chengdu Communications Investment Group. Following this ownership change, United Eagle Airlines placed a firm order for 30 Comac ARJ21s, the first of which initially was planned to be delivered in late 2010.[3] Since then, the Comac project has seen a series of delays, though.

On 23 January 2010, the airline was renamed Chengdu Airlines.

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