Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) has announced it has signed firm order agreements with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for ten A350-900s. The carrier said in a statement it would use the widebody jets primarily for longhaul routes. No further details concerning delivery dates were revealed.

It is recalled that the carrier is currently due three A350-900s from AerCap along with one from Air Lease Corporation.

Sichuan Airlines currently operates a widebody fleet of seven A330-200s and four A330-300s on trunk Chinese routes as well as to destinations in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Czechia, Russia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United Arab Emirates.

Going forward it plans to expand its coverage to include Boston in North America, Copenhagen Kastrup in northern Europe, Cairo Int'l in North Africa, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion in Israel, as well as various other destinations in Southeast Asia and the southern hemisphere.