XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) (simplified Chinese: 厦门航空; traditional Chinese: 廈門航空; pinyin: Xiàmén Hángkōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: E-mng Hang-khong) is a Chinese passenger airline based in Xiamen, Fujian Province. The airline 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 (55%), Xiamen Construction and Development Group (34%), and Fujian Investment & Development Group (11%). Xiamen Airlines holds a 99.23% stake in Hebei Airlines and a 60% stake in Jiangxi Airlines.
|Founded||July 25, 1984|
|Frequent-flyer program||Egret Miles|
|Parent company||China Southern Airlines (55%)|
|Headquarters||22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen, Fujian|
|Key people||Che Shanglun (Director, President)|
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The airline was established as a domestic carrier on July 25, 1984 primarily to connect the province of Fujian to the rest of China. As China's aviation sector developed the airline expanded to regional Asian destinations while the delivery of wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners permitted the airline to offer long distance services. The airline's first inter-continental expansion was to Europe which commenced with an Amsterdam service from July 26, 2015. Services to Sydney followed from November 30, 2015, and Melbourne a year later. The airline's first North American service, to Vancouver were launched on July 26, 2016. XiamenAir's first US service was to Seattle followed by Los Angeles and then New York. By early 2014, the airlines had set up bases at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, Nanchang Changbei International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Changsha Huanghua International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.
XiamenAir was honored with the title of "The Best Airline In Mainland China" for 19 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.
Xiamen Airlines concluded 2015 with passenger numbers of 22.77 million, and a profit of 1800 million CNY. It was the 28th consecutive year of profit for the airline. By early 2016, the airline operated 230 domestic routes along with 60 international routes. Xiamen Air is also recognized as the operator of Fuzhou Changle International Airport's first direct North American route, which commenced in February 2017, to New York-JFK.
Joint Venture agreementsEdit
XiamenAir has joint venture agreements with the following airlines
|Boeing 737-800||138||3||—||8||162||170||3 aircraft in SkyTeam livery|
1 aircraft in 100th Boeing livery
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||10||10||—||—||184||184||Currently grounded after the crashes of ET302 and JT610.|
|Boeing 737 MAX 10||—||10||TBA|
|Boeing 787-9||6||—||—||30||260||290||One aircraft in United Nations Sustainable Development livery|
XiamenAir has previously operated the following aircraft:
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On October 2, 1990, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 from Xiamen to Guangzhou, a Boeing 737-200 jetliner, was hijacked shortly after takeoff and collided with two additional aircraft upon landing at Baiyun International Airport, killing 128 people.
- On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8667 crash-landed at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines amidst heavy monsoon rains. The Boeing 737-800 skidded off the end of the runway. All 157 passengers and crew were unharmed.  According to Flightradar24 data, the flight aborted its first landing attempt. 
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