When CAAC broke itself up into six major airline corporations, China Northwest was one of them. The airline was based in Xian and operated a fleet of BAe 146, Tupolev Tu-154, Airbus A310 and later Airbus A320 aircraft. It operated mostly domestic routes but also a handful of international service to Japan.
After the acquisition the airline was renamed China Eastern Xi Bei.World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 23-29 2004. .