|Founded||July 25, 1984|
|Frequent-flyer program||Egret Card|
|Parent company||China Southern Airlines (51%)|
|Headquarters||22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China|
|Key people||Shanglun Che (Director, President)|
XiamenAir (or Xiamen Airlines as it used to be called, but XiamenAir is now its official English title) (Chinese: 厦门航空; pinyin: Xiàmén Hángkōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: E-mng Hang-khong) is the first privately owned airline in the People's Republic of China. Established on July 25, 1984 and based in Xiamen, it operates scheduled passenger flights out of Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and, to a lesser extent, Fuzhou Changle International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. The airline is owned by China Southern Airlines (51%), Xiamen Construction and Development Group (34%), and Jizhong Energy Group (15%). XiamenAir is the only major Chinese carrier which operates an all Boeing fleet.
XiamenAir was honored with the title of "The Best Airline In Mainland China" for 6 consecutive quarters in the "Airlines Service Survey" made by CARNOC.com. The survey consists of comprehensive questionnaires answered by the passengers and analyzed by experts.
By early 2014, Xiamen Airlines has 6 branches in Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Nanchang, Beijing, and Changsha. The airline operates 218 domestic routes along with 26 international routes (Including routes to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). It flies about 3200-3600 flight per week on average. XiamenAir ranks #4 among all Chinese carriers by domestic capacity (only less than the "Big Three" national carriers), and contributes 7.2% of the domestic capacity.
Xiamen Airlines concluded the year of 2013 with a passenger number of 18.57 Million, and a profit of 1520 million CNY (about 245 million US dollars or 15.2 million British Pounds). It is the 27th consecutive year of profit for Xiamen Airlines since 1988. With the long consecutive profit record and high profit rate, the airline was regarded as one of the most profitable airlines in the world.
As of January 2013, Xiamen Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines, beside SkyTeam members:
As of March 2014, the Xiamen Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 737-700||17||—||0||8||120||128||4 with winglets|
|All with winglets. Orders subject to approval.
B5159 painted SkyTeam livery
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||30||TBA||Orders subject to approval|
|Boeing 787-8||—||6||4||18||215||237||First aircraft to be delivered in July 2014|
In December 2005, Xiamen Airlines signed an order for 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be equipped with blended winglets, which were delivered between 2006 and 2008. This order was part of a larger 70 plane purchase agreement between CASGC and Boeing, which was signed during a state visit of then US President George W. Bush.
Initially, the parent company China Southern Airlines planned to shift three Boeing 787 Dreamliners of an order for 13 to Xiamen Airlines, but this plan was dropped in 2006 in favor of more 737-800s. But on May 2011, Xiamen Airlines has resumed the order of 6 Boeing 787-8.
On November 17, 2011, SkyTeam formally accepted the application of Xiamen Airlines to join the alliance. Xiamen Airlines thus began the joining process leading to full entry into SkyTeam by the end of 2012, further strengthening the alliance's membership in southern China.
On 3 August 2012, Xiamen Airlines has agreed to purchase 40 Boeing 737-800. The airline plans to use the airplanes for more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and China. The order, which is valued at $3.5 billion at list prices, requires Chinese Government approval and Boeing will work with Xiamen Airlines to obtain approval.
Incidents and accidents
- On October 2, 1990, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 from Xiamen to Guangzhou, a Boeing 737-200 jetliner, was hijacked shortly after takeoff and later crashed into Baiyun International Airport, hitting another two aircraft and killing 128 people.
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- "Airline Membership". IATA.
- "Contact Us." Xiamen Airlines. Retrieved on October 29, 2012. "Mailing Address: 22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen 361006, China" - Address in Chinese: "公司地址：中国厦门市埭辽路22号"
- "Xiamen Airlines Fleet". ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Xiamen to order 30 Boeing 737 MAXs
- Airliner World, April 2005
-  787 order converted to 737-800
- Boeing 787 wins order from China's Xiamen Airlines
-  Xiamen Airlines Plans to Join SkyTeam Alliance
-  Xiamen Airlines Joins SkyTeam
- Xiamen Airlines orders 40 Boeing 737-800
- Xiamen Airlines flight 8301 at the Aviation Safety Network
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