|Founded||July 25, 1984|
|Frequent-flyer program||Egret Card|
|Subsidiaries||Jiangxi Air (60%)|
|Parent company||China Southern Airlines (51%)|
|Headquarters||22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China|
|Key people||Shanglun Che (Director, President)|
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 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.
As of July 2015, Xiamen Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
- TransAsia Airways
- Uni Air
- Malaysia Airlines (Oneworld)
- Japan Airlines (Oneworld)
- Korean Air *
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines *
- Hebei Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia *
- China Airlines *
- China Southern Airlines *
- China Eastern Airlines *
* Member of the SkyTeam network.
As of January 2016, 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.
B-5159 and B-5302 in SkyTeam livery
B-5688 in 100th airplane memorial livery
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||30||TBA||Orders subject to approval|
|Luxury first class in B-2862 and B-2866|
|Comac ARJ21-700||—||6||TBA||Intention to order|
XiamenAir now has a vast order of 70 Boeing 737-800, 30 Boeing 737MAX, and 6 Boeing 787-8. XiamenAir's first intercontinental route is Xiamen-Amsterdam, which is 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. Though long-haul may not initially be profitable for XiamenAir, analysts believe that the airline is likely to profit from flying long-haul and building Xiamen as an international hub. In 2015, the airline started flights to Sydney with the 787-8 from Fuzhou and Xiamen, the airline is also starting a Melbourne service with the Dreamliner in 2016 and intends to start a Vancouver and New York City service (also with the Dreamliner) in 2016 as well.
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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- Official Xiamen Airlines Singapore website (Chinese)
- Official Xiamen Airlines Singapore website (English)