Xiamen Airlines

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Xiàmén Hángkōng
XIAMENAIR logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded July 25, 1984; 30 years ago (1984-07-25)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Egret Card
Alliance SkyTeam (2012)[2]
Fleet size 118
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 www.xiamenair.com

XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) (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, Fujian Province[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, Nanchang, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Changsha, and Beijing. The airline operates 218 domestic routes along with 26 international routes (Including routes to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). It flies over 3600 flights per week. 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 in China.

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:


Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 757-200 in the 1st generation livery landing at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.
Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 737-800 in the 2nd generation livery
Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 757-200 in the 3rd generation livery
Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 737-800 in SkyTeam Livery

As of June 2015, 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 90 59 0
All with winglets. Orders subject to approval.
B5159 and B5302 in SkyTeam livery
B5688 in 100th airplane memorial livery
Boeing 737 MAX 8 30 TBA Orders subject to approval[7]
Boeing 757-200 6 8
Luxury first class in B2862 and B2866
Boeing 787-8 5 1 4 18 215 237
Comac ARJ21-700 6 TBA Intention to order
Total 118 96

Future development[edit]

XiamenAir now has a vast order of 70 Boeing 737-800, 30 Boeing 737MAX, and 6 Boeing 787-8, it plans to launch long haul route with the 787-8 which is supposed to be delivered on July 25, 2014. XiamenAir's first intercontinental route is likely to be Xiamen-Amsterdam, which will be a cooperation with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. KLM now operates a 3 weekly Xiamen-Amsterdam flight, and XiamenAir already has a code-share agreement with it. Analyst believes that XiamenAir is likely to profit from flying long-haul flight and building Xiamen as an international hub, but the long-haul may not be profitable initially.

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