XiamenAir, formerly known as Xiamen Airlines, is a Chinese passenger airline based in Xiamen, Fujian Province.[4] The airline operates scheduled passenger flights out of Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and, to a lesser extent, Beijing Daxing International Airport, 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 99.47% stake in Hebei Airlines and a 60% stake in Jiangxi Airlines.

Xiàmén Hángkōng
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded25 July 1984; 37 years ago (1984-07-25)
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programEgret Miles
Fleet size165
Parent companyChina Southern Airlines (55%)
Headquarters22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen, Fujian[3]
Key peopleChe Shanglun (Director, President)
Simplified Chinese厦门航空
Traditional Chinese廈門航空
Hanyu PinyinXiàmén Hángkōng
Literal meaningXiamen Airlines


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, and a Paris service from December 11, 2018.[5] Services to Sydney followed from November 30, 2015,[6] and Melbourne a year later. The airline's first North American service, to Vancouver was launched on July 26, 2016.[7] XiamenAir's first US service was to Seattle followed by Los Angeles and then New York.

By early 2020, the airline 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, Beijing Daxing International Airport(moved from Beijing Capital International Airport in 2020), Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.[8]


A Boeing 757-200 in Xiamen Airlines' first generation livery landing at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
A Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 in a second generation livery
A XiamenAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in the airline's current livery
A XiamenAir Boeing 737-800 in SkyTeam livery
A XiamenAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a special United Nations Sustainable Living livery


On 17 November 2011, XiamenAir 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.[9]

Codeshare agreementsEdit

XiamenAir has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[10]

Joint Venture agreementsEdit

XiamenAir has joint venture agreements with the following airlines


As of June 2020, XiamenAir operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[13][14]

XiamenAir fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F B E Total
Boeing 737-700 9 8 120 128
Boeing 737-800 134 8 162 170
8 156 164
184 184
Boeing 737 MAX 8 10 17 184 184
Boeing 737 MAX 10 10 TBA
Boeing 787-8 6 4 18 215 237
Boeing 787-9 6 30 260 290
Total 165 27

Fleet historyEdit

XiamenAir has previously operated the following aircraft:

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Other IncidentsEdit

  • On September 23, 2019, a unnamed woman, who had been repeatedly warned by the air steward against the instructions, intentionally opened the emergency exit in a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 bound for Lanzhou from Wuhan. As she was taken into custody by police, she had claimed that the plane was too stuffy, and she wanted fresh air. [18]


  1. ^ 厦门航空有限公司 (in Chinese). Xiamen Air. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ SkyTeam (17 November 2011). "Xiamen Airlines Joins SkyTeam". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Airline Membership". IATA. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Contact Us Archived October 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Xiamen Airlines. Retrieved on October 29, 2012. "Mailing Address: 22 Dailiao Road, Xiamen 361006, China" - Address in Chinese Archived July 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine: "公司地址:中国厦门市埭辽路22号"
  5. ^ "Xiamen Air Celebrates First Intercontinental Service to Amsterdam". China Aviation Daily. July 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Xiamen Airlines to land in Sydney on November 30". Australian Aviation. August 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Airline Review - XiamenAir". Destination Travel. May 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "厦门航空上海分公司揭牌成立". State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. September 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Profile on Xiamen Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  11. ^ a b c d "AF-KLM, China Southern, Xiamen Air to form a single JV". Ch-Aviation. 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.vietnamairlines.com/my/en/about-us/subsidiaries-partners/airline-partners
  13. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 11.
  14. ^ "Orders & Deliveries". Boeing. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  15. ^ "Hijacking Description, Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-247 B-2510". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  17. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Woman from China opens plane emergency door, says it was too stuffy". mothership.sg. Retrieved 2021-09-21.

External linksEdit

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