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Xiamen Airlines
Xiamen Airlines logo.jpg
Founded 1984
Hubs Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Frequent flyer program Egret Card
Fleet size 51 (+14 orders)
Destinations 54
Parent company China Southern Airlines (60%)
Headquarters Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China
Key people

Xiamen Airlines (simplified Chinese: 厦门航空pinyin: Xiàmén Hángkōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī E-mng Hang-khong) is the first airline company in People's Republic of China run by private individuals, established on July 25, 1984, and based in Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. The rights are shared by China Southern Airlines 60% and Xiamen Construction and Development Group 40%. It is headquartered in Xiamen.[1]

Its main base is in Xiamen, but it also has hubs at Fuzhou and Wuyishan in Fujian province and at Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. Besides domestic operations, it also flies to Seoul, Osaka, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Manila and Bangkok.




The Xiamen Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2009) [2] :

Xiamen Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Seats
ACAC ARJ21 (6 orders)
Boeing 737-500 2
Boeing 737-700 15
Boeing 737-800 26
(8 orders)
Boeing 757-200 8

Xiamen Airlines average fleet age is 5.5 years old in January 2009 [3].

Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 757 with old paint landing at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.
Xiamen Airlines' Boeing 737 with revised paint taxing at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.

Future Development

China Southern Airlines signed an initial agreement to purchase 13 Boeing 787 aircraft, 3 of which were for its affiliate, Xiamen Airlines. Aircraft deliveries are expected between 2008 and 2010. [3]

In Dec 2005, Xiamen Airlines inked an order for 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be equipped with blended winglets, and to be delivered from mid-2006 to 2008. This order forms part of the 70 plane general purchase agreement signed by China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Group Corporation and The Boeing Company when President Bush visited China in Nov 2005.

In June 2006 it was reported that Xiamen airlines had cancelled its order for 3 787s in favour of 6 737-800s. [4] It had previously ordered 21 Boeing 737-700 and -800s, 11 of which it have been delivered to date.

Incidents and accidents

On October 2, 1990, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 from Xiamen to Guangzhou, a Boeing 737-200 jetliner, was hijacked shortly after it took off from Xiamen, and crashed into Baiyun International Airport, caused a total of 128 fatalities; 2 other aircraft on the apron were destroyed.[5]


  1. ^ "联系我们." Xiamen Airlines. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  2. ^ [1], Xiamen Airlines to order 25 737-800s valued at $2.1 billion
  3. ^ Airliner World, April 2005
  4. ^ [2] Orders changed
  5. ^ "127 Killed in Jetliner Collision in China." The New York Times

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