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About Xiamen Airlines

 XiamenAir, (Chinese: 厦门航空 ) formerly known as Xiamen Airlines, is a Chinese airline and was the first privately owned Chinese airline. XiamenAir has bases in Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou and covers major cities in China and extends to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries. It operates many flights from its hub at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and also Fuzhou Changle International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.


XiamenAir commenced operations in July 1984 and its main shareholders are China Southern Airlines, Xiamen C & D Corporation and Jizhong Energy Resources Ltd. The all-Boeing fleet consists of 123 aircraft and operates more than 220 domestic routes and 50 international and regional routes.


XiamenAir flies to many destinations including Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Datong, Fuzhou, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hohhot, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Luzhou, Mianyang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Amsterdam, Denpasar, Jakarta, Tokyo, Macau, Kuala Lumpura and many others.


XiamenAir has codeshare agreements with TransAsia Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, KLM, Hebei Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.




Xiamen Airlines Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage

Xiamen Air has a free baggage allowance of 40kg for each First Class passenger

30kg for each Business Class passenger

20kg for Economy Class passsenger.


First Class passengers on XiamenAir's flights and XiamenAir VIP card holders may enjoy the First Class Lounge services before their flights.


XiamenAir are looking to develop a base operations at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. XiamenAir has issued a tender for the construction of various facilities at the airport including aircraft MRO, crew facilities, a canteen, and administrative facilities. Total space allocated extends to 71,822 square meters. Serving seventeen cities across China, XiamenAir is currently Chongqing's sixth largest carrier by weekly capacity occupying 6.7% of the market with 27,352 seats. Chongqing is currently a base for fellow China Southern Airlines units Chongqing Airlines and Sichuan Airlines alongside Air China, China Express Airlines, and West Air.



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Xiamen Airlines Destinations and Route Map

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Popular Xiamen Routes


Amsterdam    Xiamen


Beijing    Bangkok


Xiamen    Chongqing 


Fuzhou    Guangzhou


Hong Kong    Xiamen


Shanghai    Shenyang


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Xiamen Airlines Hub Airport

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

XiXiamen Gaoqi International is the international airport serving the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province, China. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the hub airport for Xiamen Airlines. Other airlines which fly to Air China, Air Macau, Beijing Capital Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cebu Pacific, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragonair, Hebei Airlines and many others. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport has one runway and can handle nearly 25 million passengers every year. 



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Xiamen Airline Alliance

SkyTeam Alliance is a leading global airline network, with 20 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Europa, China Southern, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others. SkyTeam Alliance network has nearly 16,323 daily flights, with 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. 

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Xiamen Airlines News


7th June 2018

First Boeing 737 Max for Xiamen Airlines

Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, expanding its fleet to 200 aircraft. This is the latest milestone in a period of strong growth from the airline, which has added on average 20 aircraft to its fleet every year since 2013.

The Chinese passenger airline counted 100 aircraft in its fleet in 2013 and has now doubled that number. During this period, the airline’s operating profits also increased year by year, booking gross profits exceeding RMB 10bn (approximately US$1.5bn).

Over the past five years, civil aviation passenger volume in the USA, Europe and China recorded an average annual growth rate of roughly 4%, 6% and 10%, respectively, while Xiamen Airlines experienced an average growth rate of 15%. It has been profitable for 31 consecutive years.

After expanding its fleet in 2013, Xiamen Airlines sped up its expansion into international markets. The airline bought its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in August 2014 and launched its first intercontinental flight, between Xiamen and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, in July 2015.

Over the following two years, the airline launched 10 intercontinental flights to cities across Europe, North America and Oceania. All the intercontinental flights are now serviced by Boeing 787s.



23rd May 2018

Xiamen Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX, expanding the fleet to 200 airplanes

The 737 MAX is the best-selling civil aircraft in the history of Boeing, featuring excellent performance, flexibility and efficiency. The 737 MAX can offer passengers a more capacious and comfortable flying experience. Equipped with several of the latest technologies, including the winglet and a brand new engine, the aircraft outperforms the previous-generation model in flying performance, environmental protection and reliability.

With the addition of the aircraft, Xiamen Airlines passes a key milestone, with the size of the fleet now at 200 airplanes. The airline passed the first milestone of 100 planes in 2013, and continued to grow by adding roughly 20 aircraft per year and doubling the size of the fleet within five years. During the period, the airline's operating profits also increased year by year, booking gross profits exceeding 10 billion yuan (approx. US$1.5 billion). The airline has been profitable for 31 consecutive years, reflecting the rapid growth in China's civil aviation industry.

Che Shanglun, chairman of Xiamen Airlines, revealed that the airline's rapid growth was mainly attributable to the economic stimulus that resulted from China's reform and opening up and the constant improvement in the living standard across China, which, in turn, led to the massive boost in the demand for air travel. Over the past five years, the US, Europe and China recorded an average annual growth rate of roughly 4 percent, 6 percent and 10 percent in civil aviation passenger volume, respectively, while Xiamen Airlines experienced an average growth rate of 15 percent.

After expanding the fleet to 100 airplanes in 2013, Xiamen Airlines accelerated the move into international markets. The airline bought the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in August 2014 and launched the first intercontinental flight, between Xiamen and Amsterdam, in July 2015. Over the following two years, the airline launched 10 intercontinental flights to cities across Europe, North America and Oceania, including Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Seattle, Sydney and Vancouver. All the intercontinental flights are now serviced by Boeing 787 aircraft.


29th April 2018


Xiamen Airlines contributes to Cambodia's airports recieving more passengers


The operator VINCI Airports, who operates three airports in Cambodia, has reported that 3 million passengers used these airports in the first quarter of 2018, a 26.1% year-on-year increase. At Phnom Penh Airport, the country's capital, this upward trend is even steeper at a staggering 34.5%. The capital’s airport handled 1.4 millions passengers, while the increase was mainly attributed to new services introduced by Malindo, Vietjet and Shenzhen Airlines. Chinese carriers such as Spring, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines all increased services to Phnom Penh.


Local Cambodian start-up airlines, JC International and Lanmei Airlines, may also be responsible for the surge in traffic, as both recently established flights to Singapore and Bangkok. Passenger traffic at Siem Reap airport increased by 17.4%. Travellers from China topped the passenger lists, while domestic travel also expanded. This is part of a ever-growing tourism trend in the country, who saw the number of international travellers visiting the kingdom reaching 5.6 million in 2017, up 11.8% (statistics from the Ministry of Tourism). If precditions are correct, Cambodia should be letting through its immigration over 6.1 million tourists this year.


22nd March 2018


Xiamen Airlines signs for 30 new aircraft


Xiamen Airlines has firmed an order for 20 Boeing 737 Max 8 and 10 737 Max 10 aircraft. Through its Parent Company, China Southern Airlines, it details that the jets will be delivered between 2019 and 2022. Five -8s will first join the airline’s fleet in 2019, followed by seven in 2020. In 2021, it will take eight -8s and seven -10s, before receiving the final three -10s in 2022. The acquisition will be paid for partly by internal resources and partly through loans and other finance agreements. Xiamen Airlines adds that the new generation aircraft will improve its operating efficiency, help maintain its “streamlined and efficient” fleet structure, as well as expand capacity. The carrier, together with China Southern, first signed an agreement to acquire 110 Boeing 737s, including the 30 737 Max aircraft, in December 2015.


31st January 2018


Xiamen Airlines adds Cambodia connection


Xiamen Airlines has commenced operations on the 2010-Kilometre route, taking passengers between Xiamen (XMN) and Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. There will be flights four times a week using the fleet's 737-800s. This route currently has no direct competition. Phnom Penh organised a welcoming committee to celebrate the arrival of the first flight on 28th January.


18th December 2017


Xiamen Airlines grows presence at Melbourne with second nonstop route


Xiamen Airlines has commenced a second nonstop service between Melbourne and mainland China with the start of flights from Hangzhou.

Flight MF813, operated by Boeing 787-8 B-2763, landed at Melbourne Airport a little after 0940 on Sunday, following its 10 and a half hour journey from Hangzhou.

The aircraft was on the ground for about two and a half hours before operating the reciprocal MF814 back to Hangzhou, which is located in the Zhejiang province in the eastern part of China and about 100nm south of Shanghai.

The city has a population of about nine million and is the headquarters of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

“We are delighted with Xiamen Airlines’ decision to expand into Hangzhou – the city that’s home to internet giant Alibaba and where third-party mobile and online payment system Alipay was established. The region is viewed as one of China’s most prominent tech hubs, and last year was host city to the G-20 summit,” Melbourne Airport chief of aviation Simon Gandy said.

Xiamen, which is 51 per cent owned by China Southern Airlines, one of eight Chinese carriers serving Melbourne alongside Air China, Capital Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines, which started serving Australia at the start of November.

Separately, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific also fly to Melbourne.

Xiamen’s 787-8s have 237 seats in a three-class layout comprising four in first (in a 1-2-1 layout), 18 in business (in a 2-2-2 configuration) and 215 in economy (at nine abreast).

The new service will operate twice a week, with departures from Hangzhou on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and departures from Tullamarine on Thursday and Sunday lunchtime.

The Skyteam alliance member first served Melbourne in June 2016, when it commenced flying nonstop from Xiamen.


12th December 2017


Xiamen Airlines heads for Hollywood from Qingdao


Xiamen Airlines headed for Hollywood from Qingdao (TAO) on 11 December, the day which saw the carrier commence its first long-haul route from the Chinese airport, a connection to Los Angeles (LAX). According to Xiamen Airlines’ Qingdao Sales Manager, Zheng Weijian, the performance of the new service is doing very well, with the initial flight having a load factor of 80% according to various reports in Chinese media. The SkyTeam member will offer three weekly flights on the 10,110-kilometre route using its 787-9s, of which it currently has four, with a further two expected to join the fleet. No other carrier currently operates between the two airports. By launching services between Qingdao and Los Angeles, Xiamen Airlines now offers five non-stop transpacific city pairs, with it already linking Los Angeles with Xiamen. The airline also serves New York JFK, Seattle-Tacoma and Vancouver in North America.


19th September 2017


Xiamen Airlines fleet to exceed 200 in 2020, widebody fleet to reach 18


Xiamen Airlines reiterated (15-Sep-2017) its fleet will exceed 200 aircraft by 2020, including expanding its widebody fleet to 18.


5th September 2017


Xiamen Air to start Melbourne-Hangzhou services


Xiamen Air will add a second route out of Melbourne Tullamarine from December 2017 when it starts flights to Hangzhou.

The Skyteam alliance member has scheduled two flights a week with Boeing 787-8s that will operate via a Xiamen-Hangzhou-Melbourne-Hangzhou-Xiamen routing starting on December 16.

The airline already has nonstop Xiamen-Melbourne service which kicked off in June 2016.

Xiamen, which is 51 per cent owned by China Southern Airlines, is the seventh Chinese carrier serving the Victorian capital alongside Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Sichuan Airlines. An eighth, Tianjin Airlines, was due to commence Melbourne-Chongqing flights in late October.

Separately, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific also fly to Melbourne.

Xiamen’s 787-8s have 237 seats in a three-class layout comprising four in first (in a 1-2-1 layout), 18 in business (in a 2-2-2 configuration) and 215 in economy (at nine abreast).

Melbourne Airport chief of aviation Simon Gandy said Hangzhou would be the 11th nonstop destination in China from Tullamarine.


“China is currently our largest inbound tourism market for Victoria with 570,000 annual visitors,” Gandy said in a statement.

“With tourism between China and Melbourne booming, this new non-stop service to Hangzhou will continue to enhance choice for Victorian travellers.”

Hangzhou, located in the Zhejiang province in the eastern part of China and about 100nm south of Shanghai, has a population of about nine million and is the headquarters of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

Xiamen’s new service will operate as an overnight service from Hangzhou on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a late-morning departure from Tullamarine on Thursdays and Sundays.



February 2017

XiamenAir made New York its second destination in the US. The airline launched a 3 x Weekly service from Fuzhou (FOC) to New York JFK (JFK), a distance of 12,477 kilometres. No other carrier offers non-stop flights between Fuzhou and the US. Both routes are flown using the airline’s 787-8s.


In December 2016, XiamenAir took delievery of its first B787-9 with B-1566. The aircraft is the first of 6 B787-9s the China Southern Airlines subsidary will take delivery of from Boeing between now and 2018.






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Xiamen Airlines are the regional airline from Xiamen in China and operates flights throughout China and to Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and S. Korea.

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Established in 1984 Xiamen Airlines was the first airline in China to be run by private enterprise and is based at Xiamen International Airport in China. The airline is 60% owned by China Southern Airlines, a major player in the Chinese aviation industry and the remainder by the Ximen C & D Group. The airlines main operating base is at Ximen and has hubs in Fuzhou, Wuyishan and Hangzhou from where they operate flights to 41 domestic Chinese airports as well as Hong Kong and the gambling mecca of Macau. International destinations include Singapore, Seoul, Osaka, Toyko, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei.

China Southern Airlines signed an initial agreement to purchase 13 Boeing 787 aircraft, 3 of which are for Xiamen Airlines. Aircraft deliveries are to be completed by  2010. This is part of an ongoing development plan which should see the airline double it’s fleet by 2010 and reach the 13 million passengers carried per year milestone. Xiamen Airlines operates a fleet 46 blue and white liveried Boeing 757’s (9) and 737-500/700/800 series (37) with eight more 737’s expected shortly.

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