Xiamen Airlines

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XIAMENAIR logo.svg
Founded July 25, 1984; 29 years ago (1984-07-25)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Egret Card
Alliance SkyTeam (2012)[2]
Fleet size 103
Destinations 70
Parent company China Southern Airlines (51%)
Headquarters 22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China[3]
Key people Shanglun Che (Director, President)
Website http://www.xiamenair.com/cn/en/

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,[4] 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.



On 17 November 2011, Xiamen Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the airline alliance SkyTeam. On 21 November 2012, the airline was officially welcomed as the 19th member of SkyTeam.[5]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

As of January 2013, Xiamen Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines, beside SkyTeam members:


Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 757-200 in old livery landing at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.
Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 737-800 in the new livery

As of March 2014, the Xiamen Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Xiamen Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y Total
Boeing 737-700 17 0 8 120 128 4 with winglets
Boeing 737-800 80 69 0
All with winglets. Orders subject to approval.
B5159 painted SkyTeam livery
Boeing 737 MAX 8 30 TBA Orders subject to approval[7]
Boeing 757-200 6 8
Boeing 787-8 6 4 18 215 237 First aircraft to be delivered in July 2014[8]
Comac ARJ21-700 6 TBA
Total 103 111

Future development[edit]

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,[9] but this plan was dropped in 2006 in favor of more 737-800s.[10] But on May 2011, Xiamen Airlines has resumed the order of 6 Boeing 787-8.[11]

On June 8, 2011, Xiamen confirmed its intentions to join the SkyTeam airline alliance. This move strengthens the alliance's position within Asia.[12] The airline plans to join as early 2012.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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