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XiamenAir, (Chinese: 厦门航空 ) formerly known as Xiamen Airlines, is a Chinese airline and was the first privately-owned Chinese airline. The airline has hubs at Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou and flies to major cities in China and extends to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and other countries in Southeast Asian countries. Most of its flights originate from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, but also some from Fuzhou Changle International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

Operations commenced in 1984 as a domestic airline which connected Fujian to the rest of China. The airline is owned by a number of shareholders; China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Construction and Development Group, and Fujian Investment & Development Group. The airline also has two subsidiaries; Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines.

The airline currently has a fleet of over 160 aircraft, flying to over 70 destinations, both domestic and international. In addition, the airline was recently awarded the 'Best Airline in Mainland China' 19 consecutive times by the Airline Service Survey.

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Baggage Policy

Xiamen Airlines has different baggage policies for carry-on and checked baggage. Your baggage allowance will also depend on the destination you fly to/from.

Carry-on Baggage

There is a free baggage allowance of 5kg in all service classes. All carry-on baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Passengers flying in First Class are entitled to two items of free carry-on baggage per passengers. Passengers flying in all other service classes are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage.

Checked Baggage

Domestic Flights

For domestic flights, passengers are permitted 40kg of checked luggage for First Class, 30kg for Business Class and 20kg for Economy Class.

International Flights

For international flights between China and Europe/Korea/Southeast Asia, and flights between Mainland China and Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan:

First and business class passengers are permitted 2 x 32kg.

Economy class passengers are permitted 1 x 23kg.

All items of checked baggage(regardless of class) must fit the combined linear dimensions (Length + width + height) of 158cm.

For international flights between China and Australia/Canada/USA/Japan:

First-class passengers are permitted 3 x 32kg.

Business-class passengers are permitted 2 x 32kg.

Economy class passengers are permitted 2 x 23kg.

All items of checked baggage(regardless of class) must fit the combined linear dimensions (Length + width + height) of 158cm.

Cabin Classes

Learn about Xiamen Airlines' different cabin classes. Passengers can fly in Economy, Business and First Class.

Economy Class

Economy class is arranged in a 3-3-3 layout and contains individual in-flight entertainment screens, seat USB ports and universal power outlets. Passengers also get a pair of flight socks, blanket, pillow and a water bottle. The seats in economy are reasonable, with enough legroom and comfortable chairs to help you enjoy your flight.

On flights which are longer, passengers can enjoy a choice of complimentary main dishes with tasty and universal options available.

Premium Economy

There is currently no premium economy class service onboard Xiamen Airlines planes.

Business Class

Business class is only available on select planes in the XiamenAir fleet. Business-class seats are very similar to first class, with large seats and ample legroom, with large and soft reclining airline seats. Passengers can enjoy premium meals and drinks (including alcoholic options), all served on china or glassware.

In business class, passengers receive an amenity kit and pyjamas, thick blankets and two pillows.

First Class

First class is also only available on selected aircraft. First-class seats are arranged in a 2-2 configuration, giving each passenger a large area of personal space with wide and comfortable chairs, complete with a cushion.

Passengers in first class can also enjoy the airport lounge at selected airports.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

From the personal in-flight entertainment devices on the back of seats, passengers can access the variety of entertainment that XiamenAir provide. From the latest Hollywood movies to travel shows or comedy TV shows, to music and reading material, there is sure to be something to appeal to every type of passenger.


On selected planes and services, there is a free WiFi service onboard for all passengers.

Food & Drink

XiamenAir provides a great meal service on flights that are long enough. Passengers can enjoy tasty and balanced meals, with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from.

Meal Options

If you have any special dietary requirements such as dietary, medical or religious, then you can request a special meal in advance before your flight. The meals available to order include vegetarian oriental meal (VOML), vegetarian vegan meal (VGML), vegetarian lacto-ovo meal (VLML), seafood meal (SFMl), fruit platter meal (FPML), vegetarian raw meal (RVML), child's meal (CHML), baby meal (BBML), diabetic meal (DBML) or Moslem meal (MOML).

Drinks & Alcohol

There is a wide selection of drinks to choose from on XiamenAir. These range from soft drinks such as coke or lemonade, to hot drinks such as a range of teas or coffee, or alcoholic beverages such as liqueurs, beers, wines or other spirits.

On some flights and fares, passengers will receive complimentary drinks, but can also be purchased when they are not provided.


Xiamen Airlines passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.

Online Check-in

Xiamen Airlines are yet to offer an online check-in service for their flights.

Airport Check-in

Passengers must head to the XiamenAir check-in counters to complete check-in. For domestic flights, the counters are open 90minutes before departure, and will close 30 minutes before the flight is due to depart. International flights will open 120 minutes before the flight, and close 40 minutes before departure.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Egret Miles is this airline's frequent flyer program. Passengers can collect points on qualifying flights, with more points being awarded for flying in first class. When enough points have been collected, passengers can then spend the points on flights.

Airline Alliance

XiamenAir is part of SkyTeam Alliance, the leading global airline network, with 20 other 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.

Special Services

Passengers who need special services on board the plane can request such services via the 'Application Form for Air Travel for Passengers With Special Needs' and submit it to the airline. Alternatively, they should contact the airline directly as far in advance as possible (usually 72 hours at least) to detail any requests they have.

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Destinations that Xiamen Airlines flies to

Xiamen Airlines flies to a number of destinations, below is a detailed table of all its destinations it flies too:

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Hub Airport

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

Xiamen Gaoqi International is an international airport serving the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province, China. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport has one runway and can handle nearly 25 million passengers every year. In 2018, the airport was the 11th busiest airport in China for cargo traffic and the 13th busiest for passenger traffic. 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, China Express AirlinesCathay Dragon, Hebei Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and many others.


XiamenAir's fleet currently consists of 167 aircraft, with an additional 23 on order.

Boeing 737-700

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737 MAX 8

Boeing 737 MAX 10

Boeing 787-8

Boeing 787-9


7th June 2018

First Boeing 737 Max for Xiamen Airlines

Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737MAX, 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 the airline experienced an average growth rate of 15%. It has been profitable for 31 consecutive years.

After expanding its fleet in 2013, the airline 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.

Frequently asked questions

Does Xiamen Airlines fly from Los Angeles to Xiamen?

Yes, Xiamen Airlines operates flights from Los Angeles to Xiamen on a regular basis. You can book your flights from Los Angeles to Xiamen here at Alternative Airlines and fly with Xiamen Airlines.

Where is Xiamen in China?

Xiamen is a city located in the Fujian province in southeastern China. It's a major port city and a popular tourist attraction known for its beautiful coastal scenery, unique cultural heritage and exquisite seafood. The city has a thriving economy with a focus on high-tech industries. Xiamen has a mild climate. If you're planning to visit Xiamen, we recommend seeing Gulangyu Island, Xiamen University, Nanputuo Temple and Huandao Road.

Are there flights from Xiamen to Seattle with Xiamen Airlines?

No, Xiamen Airlines doesn't currently operate flights between Seattle and Xiamen. The airline used to operate routes to Seattle however this route has now been terminated. If you'd like to fly direct to Seattle from China, you'll need to fly from Shanghai with American Airlines or Delta.