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FORMED IN 1992. FORMERLY A JOINT VENTURE OWNED BY THE FUJIAN PROVINCE AND XIAMEN. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
22 DAILLIAO ROAD
361006 XIAMEN (FUJIAN), CHINA
China (People's Republic of China) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 9,560,980 sq km, its population is 1,265 million, its capital city is Beijing, and its official language is Chinese.
XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA) WAS ESTABLISHED AS A JOINT VENTURE BY THE FUJIAN PROVINCE AND XIAMEN, MAKING THE AIRLINE THE 1ST REGIONAL AIRLINE OF CHINA. CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) TOOK A 60% STAKE IN 1992.
OCTOBER 1990: ACCDT: (XIA) 737-200 CRASHED ON LANDING AT GUANGZHOU, AFTER A HIJACKER ATTACKED THE PILOT (FC), AND THE AIRPLANE RAN INTO A PARKED 707 AND AN OCCUPIED 757 = 128 FATALITIES.
JUNE 1993: SUBSIDIARY IS FUJIAN AIRLINES (FAL).
42 DOMESTIC ROUTES.
NEW JOINT VENTURE TAIKOO (XIAMEN) AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING COMPANY (TAECO) WITH (HAECO) 41% ($63 MILLION), CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) 10%, JAPAN AIR LINES (JAL) 10%, SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) 10%, WITH 2 BAY 747-400 HANGAR, TO BE COMPLETED IN 1996, FOR $96 MILLION. LABOR RATE IS $50/MANHOUR (-3X LESS THAN JAPAN).
JULY 1993: 757-25C (ND222; ND223) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$20.4 MILLION (NET PROFIT): 2.04 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+36%), +13.8% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) OWNS 60%.
OCTOBER 1995: SERVICES IN 1996 TO CEBU, AND KUCHING.
+2 ORDERS (MAY 1996) 737-5Q8'S, (ILF) LEASED. PLANS TO ADD 10 767'S OVER NEXT 5 YEARS.
FEBRUARY 1996: XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA) ENGINEERING PRESENTED A PAPER ON COMPUTERIZATION OF RELIABILITY DATA AT A RELIABILITY CONFERENCE AT SANYA, HAINAN PROVINCE.
1 757 DELIVERY. 1 737-200A (JT8D-17A), (GUI) LEASED.
JULY 1996: FUJIAN AIRLINES SOUNDS LIKE AN AIRLINE, BUT IN REALITY IT IS JUST AN OUTSTATION FOR XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), WHO STATION A 737-500, & A 757 OVERNIGHT FOR EARLY DEPARTURE. 2 SOON TO BE DELIVERED 737-500'S (PT030 & 31) WILL ALSO OVERNIGHT HERE. IN A FEW MORE YEARS, IT MAY BECOME AN INDEPENDENT AIRLINE.
(XIA) COMPLETED ITS POLICIES & PROCEDURES MANUAL. HAS AN IMPRESSIVE MANUAL TRANSLATION CAPABILITY WHICH HAS BEEN SOLD TO OTHER CHINESE AIRLINES AIR BEIJING (BEJ), CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN), HAINAN AIRLINES (HNA), SHANGHAI AIRLINES (SHA), SHENZHEN AIRLINES (SHZ), & ZHONGYAN AIRLINES (ZHO).
(XIA) IS CONSIDERING SUBSCRIBING TO BOEING-ON-LINE-DATA (BOLD) COMPUTER-BASED MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING SYSTEM. (XIA) COMPUTER CENTER INSTALLED 2 (IBM) SERVERS FOR THE COMPANY WIDE MAINTENANCE COMPUTER NETWORK. CURRENTLY SERVES 30 PENTIUM 586 & 20 486 TERMINALS AND WILL EXPAND TO SERVE 90 TERMINALS BY END OF 1996. WILL INCLUDE FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN 1997. TICKETING IS A SEPARATE SYSTEM.
POSSIBLE 10 ORDERS (LATE 1997) 737-700'S. 737-500 (PT030) DELIVERY PUT IN SERVICE TO WU YI SHAN.
SEPTEMBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH TRANSASIA AIRWAYS (FSH) FROM FUZHOU TO TAIPEI, VIA MACAU.
K P TAM, NEW QUALITY MANAGER AT (TAECO).
MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT IS ORGANIZING A NEW TROUBLESHOOTING TEAM WITH SPECIALISTS SELECTED FROM ENGINEERING & MECHANICS, WHO ARE EXPERIENCED AND LICENSED. THIS IS PART OF NEW QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.
10 ORDERS 737-75C'S (CHINA'S LAUNCH CUSTOMER).
OCTOBER 1996: WRITING A MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION POLICY & PROCEDURES MANUAL. WHEN COMPLETED, MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT WILL BE EXPANDED TO A DIVISION AND REPORT TO A VP OF THE AIRLINE.
JOHN CHI DIRECTOR & GENERAL MANAGER (TAECO).
1 737-500 DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = +200 MILLION RMB, 1 OF ONLY 5 CHINESE PROFITABLE AIRLINES!
TECHNICAL POLICIES & PROCEDURES HANDBOOK, BASED ON BOEING (TBC) CHINA, MAINTENANCE & GROUND OPERATIONS SYSTEMS (MGOS) OFFICE GUIDELINES, NOW (CAAC) APPROVED.
FEBRUARY 1997: MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION RESTRUCTURED ON MOVING INTO NEW MAINTENANCE COMPLEX.
NEW HUB AT JINGJIANG.
APRIL 1997: LIN ZHAO YANG, 35 YEARS OLD, HEAD MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT, 10 YEARS WITH XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA). YU KAI ZHI EXECUTIVE VP OF FUZHOU AIRLINES.
3 ORDERS (1998) 737-75C'S.
AUGUST 1997: BOEING (TBC) BUYS 9.1% ($11 MILLION) IN (TAECO) (NOW 18 MONTH OLD), ALSO OWNED BY CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT), SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA), JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL), & THE (CAAC) (CAC).
(TBC) WILL PROVIDE 3 747'S PASSENGER TO FREIGHTER CONVERSIONS PER YEAR, SINCE WICHITA FULLY BOOKED FOR 13 747F CONVERSIONS PER YEAR. CURRENTLY, (TAECO) EMPLOYS 1,100, OF WHOM 145 ARE EXPERIENCED FOREIGN ENGINEERS, MAINLY FROM (HAECO) AT CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT).
SEPTEMBER 1997: FUZHOU AIRLINES MOVES TO CHANGLE AIRPORT, A NEW AIRPORT BY THE CHINA SEA, 45 KM FROM FUZHOU. AS A SUBSIDIARY OF XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), FUZHOU AIRLINES HAS 3 (XIA) AIRPLANES TAKING TURNS OVER-NIGHTING AT CHANGLE AIRPORT, FOR FUZHOU ORIGINATING FLIGHTS.
CARGO AIRPLANE HAS HAD TO BE PARKED, DUE TO SHORTAGE OF (JT8D-17A) ENGINES.
OCTOBER 1997: TO BE 4TH CHINESE AIRLINE TO SEEK A PUBLIC LISTING.
1996 = +$29 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
DECEMBER 1997: CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) OWNS 60%. 1996 = 3 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
HAS 16 AIRPLANES (EXPECTS TO DOUBLE BY 2000).
APRIL 1998: 2,000 EMPLOYEES.
JULY 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = -8.5 MILLION RMB (-$300 MILLION), DUE TO DROP IN LOAD FACTOR IN CHINA REGION.
AUGUST 1998: ACQUIRES $850 MILLION LOAN FROM THE BANK OF CHINA FOR NEW AIRPLANES PURCHASE.
THE ENTIRE AIRLINE RELOCATES TO A NEW COMPLEX AT THE EAST END OF THE AIRPORT.
SEPTEMBER 1998: NOW 3 737-75C'S DELIVERED.
STARTS 1ST 22-DAY, HEAVY MAINTENANCE "4C" +MID MAINTENANCE CHECK, ON 737-200 (B-2512).
NOVEMBER 1998: 1ST 757-200 (ND222) "C4" MAINTENANCE CHECK = 22 DAYS ON SITE.
DECEMBER 1998: WEN LI PENG, HEAD RELIABILITY GROUP & AIRLINE LOGISTICS, & SPARES DIRECTOR.
+2 ORDERS (2000) 737-700'S, 138Y.
FEBRUARY 1999: (TAECO) CELEBRATED 100TH AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE, AFTER 2 YEAR OPERATION WITH CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) 747-200SF (RD358).
APRIL 1999: 2,000 EMPLOYEES). SITA: XMNUFMF.
JUNE 1999: 2 737-200'S (B-2515; B-2524) FOR SALE.
JULY 1999: 15TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
HAS 4 HUBS, AND 86 DOMESTIC, & INTERNATIONAL ROUTES.
SEPTEMBER 1999: PLANS TO RETURN 737-500'S TO LESSOR AT END OF 1999. TO LEASE 4 737-300'S UNTIL 2 737-700'S DELIVER IN 2000.
NOVEMBER 1999: MAKES WUYISHAN, A SCENIC SPOT IN FUJIAN PROVINCE, AS 3RD HUB, AFTER FUZHOU, AND JINJION.
DECEMBER 1999: 737-200C (B2505) "D" CHECK AT (TAECO).
FEBRUARY 2000: TO BANGKOK.
MARCH 2000: WUYISHAN - MACAU (2/WEEK).
APRIL 2000: 2,000 EMPLOYEES.
JUNE 2000: 4 ORDERS (7/00) 737-3Q8'S (CFM56-3C-1) (24988; 26284; 26288; 26292), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED, EX-CHINA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (XIN), HEAVY MAINTENANCE AT (GAMECO) (GUN).
JULY 2000: 10 ORDERS (2/02) 737-600'S, & 2 ORDERS (2/00) 757-200'S.
AUGUST 2000: 1 737-75C (637-30512, B-2658) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2000: PARENT, CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) IS URGING ITS 4 AFFILIATED AIRLINES: XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), GUIZHOU AIRLINES (GIZ), SHANTOU AIRLINES (SHT), & ZHUHAI AIRLINES (ZHU), TO APPLY CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) LOGO AND COLORS TO THEIR AIRPLANE FLEET. ALSO, (GUN) SOON PLANS TO CENTRALIZE MANAGEMENT OF ALL 4 AIRLINES.
OCTOBER 2000: 737-75C (676-30513, B-2659) DELIVERY. 737-2T4 (1154-23444, B-2512) RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO AIR KAZAKHSTAN (KAZ).
DECEMBER 2000: FUJIAN AIRLINES MERGED INTO XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), AND BECOMES XIAMEN AIRLINES, FUZHOU BRANCH.
JANUARY 2001: 2000 = #110 MILLION RMB. 4,210 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2001: 1 737-3Q8 (2519-26292, B-2903), (ILF) LEASED.
APRIL 2001: NEW HUB AT HANGZHOU, A SCENIC LAKE CITY CLOSE TO SHANGHAI. OTHER HUBS ARE FUZHOU, JINJIANG, & WUYISHAN. THE HANGZHOU HUB INITIALLY WILL SERVE FLIGHTS TO BANGKOK AND MACAU.
NEW ROUTES: HANGZHOU - BANGKOK, AND FUZHOU - CUCIN, MALAYSIA. HANGZHOU TO MACAU. FUZHOU TO KUCHING, MALAYSIA (757).
JUNE 2001: QUALIFIES FOR (ISO) 9002 PROCESS.
BASES 7 737'S AT FUZHOU, 1 AT WUYISHAN AND 2 AT JINJONG BASE. THESE AIRPLANES ARE ROUTED BACK TO XIAMEN FOR REGULAR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE.
DECEMBER 2001: IN 4/02, TO KUALA LUMPUR (757).
1 757-25C (993-32941, B-2868) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 2002: RECEIVES (CAAC)'S "GOLDEN EAGLE CUP 2001 AWARD" FOR 80,000 FLIGHT HOURS SAFE RECORD.
MARCH 2002: SITA: XMNXMMF.
(TELEPHONE: (592) 573 98 88). (FAX: (592) 573 97 77).
IN 4/02, 1ST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO KUALA LUMPUR (2/WEEK). RECEIVES RIGHTS TO FLY TO THAILAND, KOREA, AND JAPAN.
APRIL 2002: 1ST Q = +#30 MILLION RMB.
(http://www.xiamenair.com.cn). SITA: XMNUFMF.
(TELEPHONE: +86 (592) 40996). (FAX: +86 (592) 6028263).
Parent organization/shareholders: China Southern Airlines (GUN) (60%); Fujian Investment & Enterprise (20%); & Xiamen Construction & Development (20%).
Subsidiaries: Fujian Airlines (100%).
June 2002: Started service to Seoul, Korea.
(CAAC) Air Safety inspection team, visited Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and Xiamen Airport. Covered all areas of safety, including pilot training, flight operations, maintenance records, on-board safety equipment, (ATC), airport security. Last day briefing meeting for the findings, was long and intensive, but (XIA) got through it with high marks.
July 2002: Passes the (ISO) 9002, Quality Policies & Procedures, external audit. Expects the recognition will provide credibility to its quality system, and increase its customer base.
November 2002: 737-75C (1229-30634, B-5029), (ILF) leased. 737-500 (B-2529) "D" check at (TAECO).
February 2003: Successfully passed another (ISO) 9002 audit.
Sam Goh, (TAECO)'s Director Technical Services has been reassigned to oversee Xiamen Airlines (XIA)'s Engineering Department. Dr Raymond Chau, (TAECO) Director Technical Services.
737-75C (1275-30034, B-5028), (ILF) leased.
March 2003: (TAECO) is a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) station for Boeing 737/747/757/767 and Airbus model airplanes heavy maintenance and structural modifications. Boeing has 10% interest in (TAECO). Currently, 2 Boeing programs in work are a 747 Passenger to freighter conversion program and a 737NG elevator mod program. (TAECO) has capacity including 3 hangars for 6 simultaneous lines of 747's.
INCDT: 737-2T4 (23447) damaged by tow vehicle at Nibo, may not be repaired, and is written-off (W/O).
May 2003: 737-75C (28258) (ILF) leased.
June 2003: 4,180 employees.
November 2003: $2.4 Billion, 30 orders 737's (CFM56) to be distributed to: Air China (BEJ) (5 737-700's), Xiamen Airlines (XIA) (5 737-700's), Hainan Airlines (HNA) (8 737-800's), Shandong Airlines (SHG) (7: 3 737-700's & 4 737-800's), and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) (5 737-900's).
December 2003: 2 orders (7/04) 757-200's (RB211-535E4).
April 2004: 3,600 employees. SITA: XMNUFMF.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and Foshing Airlines are offering a connection service between Taiwan and Xiamen through Quemoy. Passenger travel by sea to or from Quemoy, a Taiwan-controlled island in the Taiwan Strait, then fly Foshing Airlines to mainland Taiwan.
June 2004: USA and China have signed a landmark air services agreement that will more than double the number of USA airlines that may serve China and will permit a nearly 5-fold increase in weekly flights between the 2 countries over the next 6 years.
The agreement allows for +5 airlines from each country, the USA may name +1 additional all-cargo carrier, while China may name either a passenger or cargo carrier, to start service later in 2004. The other 4 new-entrant airlines may be either passenger or cargo carriers, with 1 new carrier entering the market in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2008, & 2010. United Airlines (UAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA), FedEx (FED), & United Parcel Services (UPS) currently serve China.
The agreement allows +195 weekly flights for each side, +111 by all-cargo carriers, & +84 by passenger airlines, resulting in a total of +249 weekly flights at the end of a 6-year phase-in period. A total of +14 of these flights will be available for new passenger services later this 2004.
Each country's carriers are now allowed to serve any city in the other country. Currently, Chinese carriers are limited to 12 USA cities, and USA passenger carriers may fly to only 5 Chinese cities. The agreement allows unlimited code-sharing between the USA and Chinese carriers, thus expanding the current agreement which only allows code-sharing only to a limited number of cities.
The agreement also provides that when carriers establish cargo hubs in the other country, they will be afforded a high degree of operating flexibility, and expands charter opportunities beyond those provided by the existing agreement.
Trade between the countries has grown dramatically from $4.8 Billion in 1980 to >$170 Billion in 2003. The USA is China's largest export destination, and China is the USA's fastest-growing market.
July 2004: 5.25 Billion RPK (traffic); 67.7% LF (load factor); 4.89 Million passengers (PAX); 88.56 Million FTK (freight traffic).
August 2004: 757-25C (1047-34008, B-2862) delivery.
September 2004: 757-25C (1048-34009, B-2866) delivery.
November 2004: Selects Rockwell Collins for its avionics on 5 orders 737NG's to be delivered in 2005.
Xiamen - Osaka (KIX) (3/week).
January 2005: (CAAC) (CAC), $7.2 Billion, 60 orders (2/08) 787-8's, 223 pax: 13 787-8's to China Southern Airlines (GUN), including 3 787's for Xiamen Airlines (XIA); 15 787-8's to China Eastern Airlines (CEA); 8 787-8's to Hainan Airlines (HNA); 20 787-8's to go to Air China (BEJ); and 4 787-8's Shanghai Airlines (SHA).
March 2005: 15 orders (6/05) 737-800's.
May 2005: 1st of 5 orders 737-700's delivery.
737-75C (34024, B-5212), delivery.
June 2005: 2 737-75C's (34025, B-5215; 34026, B-5216), deliveries.
August 2005: 2 737-75C's (34027, B-5218; 34028, B-5219), deliveries.
November 2005: China signed a deal for 70 Boeing 737-700/800s for delivery between 2006 and 2008. The airplanes are destined for: Air China (BEJ), China Southern Airlines (GUN), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), Shandong Airlines (SHG), Hainan Airlines (HNA) & Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ).
December 2005: Airbus's negotiations with Chinese authorities resulted in a blockbuster contract as the airframer reached a "general terms agreement" with Chinese Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group for the purchase of 150 A320 family airplanes.
The order comprises A319s, A320s and A321s – the largest single order Airbus has ever received since it entered the Chinese market 20 years ago.
The deal is worth nearly $10 billion and was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and Premier Wen Jiabao during the latter's visit to France.
"Since it was 1st introduced into the Chinese market in 1995, the A320 family airplanes have been put in service by 10 Chinese operators with a total of 216 airplanes, accounting for two-thirds of all in-service Airbus airplanes, or nearly one-quarter of the total airplanes in operation in China,” said (CSC) President Li Hai. “The demand for this modern and cost-saving airplane family from Chinese airlines has been rapidly increasing in recent years."
The 150 airplanes will be delivered to 6 Chinese airlines, including Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), China Southern Airlines (GUN), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ), and Hainan Airlines (HNA).
The agreement followed by one day the signing of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) between Airbus and the National Development & Reform Commission of China covering Chinese participation in Airbus programs including the possibility of establishing a final assembly line "for single-aisle airplanes in China."
5 Chinese companies currently produce parts for Airbus, which has committed to increase procurement volume to $60 million by 2007 and $120 million by 2010. It employs 54 Chinese engineers, soon to be 200, at its Beijing engineering center, which will be part of China's promised participation in the A350 program. Airbus and China Aviation Industry Corporation signed a $500 million extension last month to a contract for A320 family wing boxes.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) confirmed an order between $635 Million & $720 Million for 10 737-800s, Boeing (TBC) announced, and will begin taking delivery of the airplanes in mid-2006. (XIA) operates a fleet of 25 737s and 9 757-200s from hubs in Xiamen, Jinjiang, Wuyishan, Hangzhou and Nanchang. (TBC) said the order, part of a 70-airplane commitment made by the Chinese government last month, boosted its all-time 737 sales total to 6,025 units, a record for commercial jets.
February 2006: Flies to 40 domestic and 7 SE Asian destinations.
Chinese domestic airlines flew a record 138 million passengers in 2005, a rise of +15% over 2004 and double the number of 2000. The figure is expected to double again in the next 5 years, according to Gao Geng, the vice minister of the General Administration of Civil Aviation in China. Cargo and airmail throughput rose +14% to 3.04 million tons in 2005 and also is expected to double in the next 5 years. However, profit margins will remain tight within the sector. He noted revenues in the sector had grown to CNY170 billion/$21.09 billion at the end of 2005, but profits in the past 5 years had amounted to only CNY10 billion.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) announced it will lease 5 new 737-800s from (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF).
Established 21 years ago, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is the 1st local airline company in the People's Republic of China. Its 2 shareholders are China Southern Airlines Company Limited (GUN) and Xiamen C & D Corporation Limited with 60% and 40% shares respectively. (XIA) currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 25 737s and 9 757-200s on >100 domestic and international routes with Xiamen, Jinjiang, Wuyishan, Hangzhou and Nanchang as its main hubs.
Boeing delivered Xiamen Airlines (XIA)'s 1st 737-86N (34253, B-5146). The 170-seat airplane is the 1st of 5 Xiamen (XIA) is taking on lease from (GECAS) (GEF).
April 2006: Boeing is expected to sign contracts shortly with Chinese airlines for 80 737s. The deal is the 2nd part of an order announced late last year for 70 737s. Hainan Airlines (HNA) will take 15, China Southern Airlines (GUN) 10, Xiaman Airlines (XIA) 5, and Shandong Airlines (SHG) 6, with the balance taken by Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ). Airbus secured a similar commitment for 150 A320s last year but apparently signed a contract with (CAAC) (CAC), listing the orders as part of the year's record-breaking sales.
May 2006: 4,556 employees (+11.2%).
June 2006: Cancels 3 orders 787 Dreamliners and swaps them for 6 orders 737-800's.
737-86N (34255, B-5151), (GEF) leased.
July 2006: 737-86N (34256, B-5152), (GEF) leased.
August 2006: Rockwell Collins was selected by Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to provide avionics for its 15 737-800s, the 1st of which was delivered last month.
(GECAS) (GEF) announced it will lease +9 additional new 737-800s to Xiamen Airlines (XIA) for 10 years with delivery beginning in mid-2008. The airplanes are part of the lessor's existing order book with Boeing. The Chinese carrier signed an agreement for 5 of the type in February. It operates a 38-airplane fleet comprising 737s and 757-200s.
737-85C (35044, B-5159), delivery.
September 2006: 737-85C (35045, B-5160), delivery.
October 2006: Japan Airlines (JAL) expanded its code share agreements with China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and Xiamen Airlines (XIA). It will place its code on China Eastern (CEA)'s daily Fukuoka - Shanghai service from October 29 and its 3x-weekly Osaka Kansai - Kunming service from December 12. (JAL) already operates its own service on the former route and serves Kunming through Beijing. (JAL) also will place its code on Xiamen (XIA)'s 2x-weekly Kansai - Hangzhou flights beginning December 8. It already operates its own 2x-weekly flight on the route.
$423 Million 6 orders (2/10) 737-800's. The reportedly includes the cancellation of an order for 3 787s.
November 2006: 737-85C (35046, B-5161), delivery.
December 2006: 737-85C (35047, B-5162), delivery.
January 2007: Singapore Technologies Aerospace said its ST Aerospace Engines subsidiary will provide heavy maintenance and support for Xiamen Airlines (XIA)'s (CFM56-7B22)s under a maintenance-by-the-hour contract covering 11 737-700s for up to 15 years. The contract was valued at $160 million.
February 2007: 737-85C (35048, B-5301), delivery.
April 2007: 737-86N (32687, B-5308), (GEF) leased.
May 2007: 737-85C (35049, B-5302), delivery and 737-86N (32689, B-5309), (GEF) leased.
June 2007: 737-85C (35050, B-5303), delivery.
July 2007: The board of China Southern Airlines (GUN), which also is the parent of Xiamen Airlines (XIA), approved the purchase of 20 A320 family airplanes for (GUN) and 25 737-800s for Xiamen (XIA). The 2 orders will cost a combined CNY23.5 billion/$3.09 billion. China Southern (GUN) and Xiamen (XIA) will sign contracts with Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) separately. (GUN) noted it expects to take delivery of A320s from March 2009 to August 2010, while Xiamen (XIA) will introduce the 737s between July 2011 and November 2013.
Along with the 12 737-800s and 6 777F freighters acquired in the past year, the new airplanes will boost group capacity (ATK)s by +19.5%, (GUN) said. The company boasts the largest fleet of any Chinese airline at >300 airplanes.
August 2007: 737-85C (35051, B-5305), delivery.
September 2007: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) ordered 25/10 737-800s, worth $1.9 billion at 2007 average list prices. "This order of 25 737-800s plus 10 purchase rights allows us to simplify our fleet with the most cost-efficient and superior-performance airplane in its class," said Xiamen Airlines (XIA) President Yang Guanghua.
October 2007: 737-85C (35052, B-5306), delivery.
November 2007: 737-85C (35053, B-5307), delivery.
December 2007: Domestic China market share is shown on ATTACHED - "XIA-DOM-MKT-SHARE-DEC07."
January 2008: 2 737-8FHs (35102, B-5319; 35104, B-5355), deliveries.
March 2008: Hainan Airlines (HNA) is in crisis following the appeal of 6 pilots (FC) to the Haikou arbitration committee to have their labor contracts terminated. The 6 resigned at the end of last year, bringing to 20 the number of (HNA) pilots (FC) who have walked out since 2006. (HNA) has accepted none of the resignations and their disputes remain unresolved. Luo Zulin, 1 of the 6 who asked for arbitration, said the resignations were a result of "frequent overtime" and "long delays in getting their salary." (HNA) is insisting on the validity the contracts and denied Luo's accusation regarding pay. It said that if the committee ruled in the pilots (FC)'s favor, it would request several million yuan in compensation from them and the return of their licenses.
Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), and Xinhua Airlines (XIH) also have faced labor disputes with resigned pilots (FC), largely because Chinese carriers traditionally cover training expenses that can amount to millions of yuan per pilot (FC). There is considerable reluctance to allow them to transfer to competing carriers.
Under a Pilots Flow Management Proposal policy implemented by (CAAC) (CAC) in 2005, "the potential new employer" of these resigned pilots (FC) must attain the permission of the "old employer" before hiring, then pay compensation of CNY700,000 to CNY2.1 million/$98,300 to $294,800. According to (CAAC) (cac) statistics, China's commercial aviation fleet numbered 1,099 airplanes last September 30 and is expected to rise to 1,250 by 2010, leading to an estimated shortfall of -200 pilots (FC) annually.
In order to make up the severe shortage, carriers are beginning to follow the internationally common practice of recruiting privately trained pilots (FC). China Southern Airlines (GUN) started the trend last May, announcing its plans to recruit 100 such pilots (FC). Sichuan Airlines (SIC) followed three months later, hiring 50 private pilots (FC). Spring Airlines (CQH), East Star Airlines (ESR), and United Eagle Airlines (UEG) have disclosed their interest in recruiting such pilots (FC).
April 2008: China Southern Airlines (GUN) upped its commitment to Xiamen Airlines (XIA), in which it is the majority shareholder with 60%, approving the purchase of 20 737s. Based on a statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the new airplanes will cost less than the catalog price of $1.5 billion and will be delivered from April 2014 to October 2015.
July 2008: The first weekend of charter flights across the Taiwan Strait concluded with 11 carriers having offered services, which many regard as an important step toward the opening of scheduled flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. The 11 airlines are Air China (BEJ), China Southern Airlines (GUN), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), China Airlines (CHI), Mandarin Airlines (MDN), TransAsia Airways (FSH), Uni Air (MAK), and (EVA) Air.
Taiwanese aviation authorities reported that 6 airports handled 72 flights transporting 12,000 passengers July 4 through 7. Taipei Taoyuan handled 32 flights, followed by Taipei Songshan with 26. Makung (6), Kaohsiung (4), Taichung (2), and Hualien (2) handled the remainder. Corresponding statistics for the mainland were unavailable, but the (CAAC) (CAC) noted that there will be 144 round trip flights across the strait this month. Mainland carriers expect the flights to provide a new growth point as they have experienced slowing increases in demand, especially in May, when passenger volume dipped -1.1% year-over-year, the 1st decrease since 2003.
(GUN) Chairman Liu Shaoyong, who was aboard the inaugural A330 flight to Taipei, called the current allowance "too little" and said that "daily regular direct flights [without having to overfly Hong Kong] should be realized as soon as possible."
China Airlines (CHI)'s former Chairman, Zhao Guoshuai, who resigned this week, agreed with Liu. He argued that "it is far from enough to operate only 72 charter flights every weekend." He expressed confidence that the flights "will exert a positive effect on China Airlines (CHI)" as the mainland is a new market for (CHI).
Meantime, (CEA) already has established an office in Taipei. According to Managing Director Cao Jianxiong, (CEA) plans to recruit staff and cabin crew in Taiwan in the future while (CHI) and (EVA) act as agents for ticket sales.
Rockwell Collins reached agreement with Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to provide a suite of avionics for 12 737NGs with an option for 25 more. The technology includes WXR-2100 MultiScan Hazard Detection System aimed at reducing pilot (FC) workload and enhancing safety. Deliveries are scheduled to begin next year and continue through 2013.
August 2008: 2 737-86Ns (36540, B-5382; 36631, B-5383), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
November 2008: The dream of a direct routing across the Taiwan Strait is closer to reality following the signing of an agreement between Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Taipei's Strait Exchange Foundation. The deal, which will take effect in 40 days, will allow carriers to bypass Hong Kong airspace and reduce flight time, operating costs, fuel burn, and emissions.
Taiwanese carriers will have access to 16 cities in mainland China in addition to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, and Nanjing. They are Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Dalian, Guilin, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Changsha, Haikou, Kunming, Xi'an, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhengzhou. The number of permitted weekly round trip flights will rise from the current 36 to 108.
Mainland carriers welcomed the move. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) Managing Director Yang Guanghua said (XIA) will place 10 737-800s, expected to be delivered in 2009 on cross-strait routes, in order to meet growing demand. The agreement allows 60 return cargo flights per month operated by 2 - 3 mainland and 2 - 3 Taiwanese airlines. Mainland carriers will have access to Taipei and Kaohsiung, while their counterparts will fly to Shanghai and Guangzhou.
9 mainland Chinese carriers were selected to operate weekday flights across the Taiwan Strait and are expected to launch service on December 15, according to the (CAAC) (CAC). In addition to Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), China Southern Airlines (GUN), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), and Shanghai Airlines (SHA), which all already operate weekend cross-strait flights, Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Shandong Airlines (SHG) and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) were tapped to operate the weekday flights.
Mainland carriers are permitted to operate 54 weekday flights per week. According to the (CAAC) (CAC), (BEJ) will operate 10 while 12 have been allotted to (CEA), 10 to (GUN), 5 to (HNA), 6 to Xiamen (XIA), and 5 to (SHA). Sichuan (SIC), Shandong (SHG), and Shenzhen (SHZ) each have been granted permission to operate 2x-weekly weekday flights.
Regarding cross-strait cargo flights, (CEA) subsidiary, China Cargo Airlines (CKK), China Southern Airlines (GUN), and Air China Cargo (CAO) have been selected. China Cargo Airlines (CKK) and (GUN) each are expected to operate 10 monthly flights from Shanghai and Guangzhou respectively, while Air China Cargo (CAO) is expected to operate 5 monthly flights from both Shanghai and Guangzhou.
December 2009: 3 737-86Ns (35633, B-5385; 35634, B-5386; 35635, B-5388), (GEF) leased.
January 2009: 737-86N (35636, B-5389), (GEF) leased.
February 2009: Travelport Global Distribution System (GDS) reached content distribution agreements with Xiamen Airlines (XIA), China Southern Airlines (GUN), and China Eastern Airlines (CEA) to provide Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan subscribers with access to international fares and inventory via its (GDS) technology.
(GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF) delivered 1 new 737-800 to Xiamen Airlines (XIA).
March 2009: 737-86N (36540, B-5382), (GEF) leased.
April 2009: China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) posted a net profit of +CNY210 million/+$30.7 million in 2008, its 22nd consecutive year in the black despite the collective loss suffered by Chinese carriers last year. (XIA) did not disclose its revenue or expense figures but cited the "effective cost control" facilitated by its all-Boeing (TBC) fleet and "proper capacity adjustments" for the result.
Passenger boardings in 2008 rose +3.9% year-over-year to 9.6 million, while cargo volume increased +2.1% to 124,000 tonnes.
Unlike Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ), a profitable carrier that is keen on rapid expansion, (XIA) said it has no interest in growing its business during the 1st half of this year.
(XIA) operates domestic trunk services and international, jet airplane services from Xiamen.
4,556 employees (+11.2%).
(IATA) Code: MF - 731. (ICAO) Code: CXA (Callsign - XIAMEN AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: China Southern Airlines (GUN) (60%); and Xiamen Construction & Development (40%).
Owns: Fujian Airlines (100%).
Alliances: Japan Airlines International (JAL).
Main Base: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Beijing; Changchun; Changsha; Chengdu; Chongqing; Dalian; Dayong; Fuzhou; Guangzhou; Guilin; Guiyang; Haikou; Hangzhou; Harbin; Hefei; Jinan; Jinjiang; Kunming; Lanzhou; Nanchang; Nanjing; Nanning; Ningbo; Qingdao; Sanya; Shanghai; Shenyang; Shenzhen; Shijiazhuang; Taiyuan; Tianjin; Urumqi; Wenzhou; Wuhan; Wuyishan; Xiamen; Xi'an; Zhengzhou; Zhoushan; & Zhuhai.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur; Macau; Osaka; Penang; Seoul; Singapore; & Tokyo.
(XIA) currently operates 49 airplanes: 3 737-500s, 15 737-700s, 23 737-800s and 8 757-200s. When forced to cut capacity as the market soured, it canceled its lease of 4 737-500s and sold 1 757. Leases on 2 737-500s have been ended this year as well.
737-86N (35642, B-5433), (GEF) leased.
May 2009: 737-85C (35054, B-5456), delivery.
June 2009: 737-86N (35644, B-5435), (GEF) leased.
July 2009: China Eastern Airlines (CEA) will benefit the most from the agreement reached in April to expand significantly the number of flights permitted across the Taiwan Strait, according to a cross-strait distribution plan released by the (CAAC) (CAC). The Taipei-based Strait Exchange Foundation and the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, signed the accord that increases from 108 to 270 the number of direct flights allowed beginning this month. Under the (CAC)'s plan, (CEA) is designated to operate 58 weekly flights to Taipei from Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Qingdao, Kunming, Xi'an, Hefei, Ningbo, and Nanchang. (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping noted that the carrier's cross-strait routes are among its most profitable and have operated at 80% to 90% (ASK) capacity on average.
Air China (BEJ) was assigned 54 weekly flights to Taipei from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Tianjin, and Guiyang. China Southern Airlines (GUN) also was allocated 54 weekly flights to Taipei to be operated from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Dalian, Guilin, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Changsha, Haikou, Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Harbin, and Guiyang.
Hainan Airlines (HNA) and Shanghai Airlines (SHA) each were allocated 20x-weekly flights, while Xiamen Airlines (XIA) was given 22. Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Shandong Airlines (SHG) and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) were granted 14x-weekly flights each.
On the cargo front, Air China Cargo (CAO) was assigned 10x-weekly flights to Taipei from Shanghai and Guangzhou, while (CEA) subsidiary China Cargo Airlines (CKK) was assigned 8x-weekly flights from Shanghai to Taipei and China Southern (GUN) was assigned 10x-weekly flights from Guangzhou to Taipei.
September 2009: 737-85C (35055, B-5458), delivery.
November 2009: 737-85C (35056, B-5476), delivery.
December 2009: 737-85C (37148, B-5488) delivery.
February 2010: 737-85C (37575, B-5499) delivery.
April 2010: 2 737-85Cs (37576, B-5511; 37577, B-5512) deliveries.
October 2010: China Southern Airlines (GUN) announced that its subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) agreed to buy 10 Boeing airplanes valued at $699 million. The information was contained in a statement by (GUN) to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The airplanes are believed to be 737NGs.
November 2010: SEE ATTACHED "FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL" ARTICLE - - "XIA-2010-11-ARJ21-UPDATE."
December 2010: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) received a +CNY810 million/+$121.5 million capital injection from majority owner China Southern Airlines (GUN) to fund a rapid fleet expansion.
(GUN), which currently holds 51% of (XIA), said in a statement that Xiamen Construction & Development Company, which owns 34% of (XIA), additionally injected +CNY540 million into (XIA). Meanwhile, more money was raised when the Hebei Aviation Investment Group invested CNY1.46 billion to purchase a 15% stake in (XIA).
"(XIA) needs to make a faster fleet expansion in the next few years," (GUN) explained. "That's why it needs capital injections and a stake sale to fund this plan."
(XIA) was launched in 1984 with a registered capital of CNY1.2 billion. (GUN) originally owned 60%, while Xiamen C & D Company held the rest. (XIA) in September ordered 10 737NGs scheduled to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. (XIA) reportedly earned a net profit of +CNY510 million for the 1st 6 months of 2010.
January 2011: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) operates domestic trunk services linking Xiamen with Beijing, the provincial capitals and major tourist destinations. (XIA) also serves Hong Kong and Macau, and operates international schedules to destinations in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea, as well as "Cross Sraits" charters to Taiwan.
Employees = 6,320.
(IATA) Code: MF - 731. (ICAO) Code: CXA (Callsign - XIAMEN AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: China Southern Airlines (GUN) (51%); and Xiamen Construction & Development (34%).
Alliances: Japan Airlines International (JAL).
Main Base: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN).
Hubs: Fuzhou airport (FOC); Hanzhou Xiaoshan International airport (HGH); Nanchang Changbei International airport (KHN); and Jinjiang airport (JJN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Beijing; Changchun; Changsha; Chengdu; Chongqing; Dalian; Dayong; Fuzhou; Guangzhou; Guilin; Guiyang; Haikou; Hangzhou; Harbin; Hefei; Jinan; Jinjiang; Kunming; Lanzhou; Nanchang; Nanjing; Nanning; Ningbo; Qingdao; Sanya; Shanghai; Shenyang; Shenzhen; Shijiazhuang; Taiyuan; Tianjin; Urumqi; Wenzhou; Wuhan; Wuyishan; Xiamen; Xi'an; Zhengzhou; Zhoushan; & Zhuhai.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur; Macau; Osaka; Penang; Seoul; Singapore; & Tokyo.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA), though not publicly traded, is known to be one of China’s most profitable airlines, helped by its presence in economically dynamic and tourism heavy Fujian province. It operates mostly 737-800s and just a handful of short haul international routes to cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. But like all mainland carriers it’s not short on ambition and eventually plans to fly 787s to North America, Europe, and perhaps Australia from its hub in Xiamen.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is negotiating with Boeing (TBC) on an order for 6 787 airplanes as part of its international expansion plan, according to Xiamen General Manager Che Shanglun.
(XIA) operates a fleet of 68 Boeing (TBC) airplanes on >15 domestic and international routes. It plans to expand its fleet to >130 by 2015.
Che revealed (XIA) had net income of +CNY1.8 billion/+$272.6 million in 2010 and reduced its debt ratio to less than 70%, which he said provides a solid financial base for (XIA)'s fleet expansion. In addition, (XIA) received a CNY810 million capital injection from majority owner, China Southern Airlines (GUN) to fund a rapid fleet expansion last month.
March 2011: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) launched daily, 737-800, Zhengzhou - Singapore Changi service.
(GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECA) (GEF) announced delivery of 2 new 737-86N airplanes leased to (XIA).
May 2011: China Southern Airlines (GUN) said in a filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange that its subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will order 6 787 Dreamliners to facilitate its international expansion. The order, which is not yet final, is valued at $1.1 billion at list prices, but (XIA) will pay "significantly" below list prices, the filing said. Deliveries are slated for 2014 to 2015. (XIA) General Manager Che Shanglun said (XIA) plans to use the 787s to launch routes to Europe and the USA from its Xiamen base and Fuzhou.
In 2006, (XIA) canceled a previous order for 3 787s and replaced it with an order for 6 737-800s. (XIA) operated a fleet of 71 airplanes as of April 30 and plans to expand its fleet to >130 airplanes by 2015.
June 2011: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) confirmed it has been approved by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance board for membership as early as year-end 2012. (XIA) noted in a statement it plans to sign a letter of intent (LOI) soon, which will signal the start of preparations to join the (STM) alliance.
As of April 30, (XIA)’s fleet totaled 71 Boeing airplanes; it plans to expand to >130 airplanes by 2015. (XIA) operates 5 international routes to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and destinations in NE Asia.
(XIA) last month ordered 6 787s to facilitate its international expansion. It plans to use the 787 Dreamliners, slated for delivery in 2014 and 2015, to launch flights to Europe and the USA from its Xiamen base and Fuzhou.
July 2011: (GECAS) (GEF) receives its 400th Boeing (TBC) airplane, a 737-800 to be leased to Xiamen Airlines (XIA).
August 2011: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) took delivery of 1 737-700, the 50th directly ordered Boeing (TBC) airplane delivered to (XIA).
November 2011: China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has been accepted into the SkyTeam (STM) alliance, with full entry slated by the end of 2012. (XIA) signed the agreement last week in Rome. The predominately domestic carrier feeds 90% of traffic out of its 3 hubs in Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou.
SkyTeam Alliance (STM) membership will enable (XIA) to offer passengers access to the (STM) alliance’s strong network of 173 countries served by 15 member carriers. “Membership in the SkyTeam Alliance (STM) will enable us to expand our intercontinental network offering, in cooperation with our partners in the alliance,” (XIA) President Che Shanglun said.
As of April 30, (XIA) operated 71 airplanes. Che said (XIA) will expand its fleet to 136 airplanes by 2015, when passenger boardings are targeted to reach 30 million. As China’s 5th largest airline, (XIA) ordered 6 787s in May, which are scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2015, when (XIA) is expected to launch routes to Europe and the USA.
Other Chinese SkyTeam Alliance (STM) member carriers include China Southern (GUN), China Eastern (CEA) and Taipei-based China Airlines (CHI). "The SkyTeam Alliance (STM) has long recognized the region’s huge economic potential, resulting in our No 1 position in Greater China. Xiamen Airlines (XIA)’s membership in the SkyTeam Alliance (STM) will strengthen our offer in the SE part of China and the cross-strait markets,” (STM) Managing Director Michael Wisbrun said.
January 2012: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) reported a net profit of +CNY2.5 billion/+$395 million for 2011, up +61.3% from CNY1.55 billion year-over-year. Passenger boardings climbed +12.5% to 15.3 million, while cargo traffic volume rose +4.4% to 165,000 tonnes.
In 2011, (XIA) introduced the Hebei Aviation Investment Group as its strategic investor to hold (XIA)’s 15% stake with a CNY1.46 billion cash injection, which increased (XIA)’s registered capital to CNY3 billion.
(XIA) committed to join the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance in November with full entry slated by the end of 2012.
Looking ahead, (XIA) is moving ahead with rapid expansion plans to increase its fleet from 78 to 90 airplanes this year.
737-85C (38386, B-5630), delivery.
March 2012: Xiamen Airlines (XIA), China's 6th largest carrier and the world's 27th largest by available seat km (ASK)s, is gearing up for more forays into the international market. (XIA) is predominately a domestic carrier with only 5.7% of available seats allocated to international services. (XIA) in May 2011 ordered 6 787s for services to Europe and North America after their 2014/15 delivery dates. But international expansion, albeit medium-haul and not long-haul, can commence earlier with (XIA) retrofitting its 757s with a 3-class configuration, including having lie-flat beds in 1st class (F). Such a premium configuration for the domestic market is uncommon in China. Only 2 of the 757s have so far been retrofitted, and while (XIA) has not announced its strategy for the retrofitted airplanes, which are the largest in its fleet and have the longest range, they could be used to open international services before the 787 arrives. The fleet would largely be confined to regional Asia and not facilitate opening its planned routes to Europe or North America, or even possibly Australia.
The introduction into (XIA)'s 757s of lie-flat beds, a relatively new occurrence in mainland China, also reflects how Chinese carriers are improving their product. The causes are multiple. While growth in China will be large, competition will increase; service and product can be a point of differentiation. Targeting international markets and their passengers requires a more internationally competitive product.
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Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is fortunate to be able to upgrade its 757s with lie-flat beds for international route expansion, especially for Europe flight plans. The announcement 2 days ago that China is blocking all Airbus (EDS) airplane purchases by Chinese companies in retaliation for the ill-conceived European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), means Xiamen Airlines (XIA) needs its 787 sooner more than ever. Boeing must be saying: Tough break, Airbus, no thanks to your (EU)!
(XIA)'s present fleet of 6 757-200s operate in a 2-class configuration primarily on domestic trunk routes (such as to Beijing).
Amongst its peers, (XIA) has the 2nd-least proportion of international capacity, just ahead of Sichuan Airlines (SIC). (SIC) plans to deploy A330s to Europe, North America and possibly Australia this year.
(XIA) has reported 24 consecutive years of profits, but like other carriers, is increasingly turning to international markets. The opportunities (higher margins and prestige for the airline and country) are accompanied by a necessity: the previously core domestic Chinese air travel market is being eaten away by China's rapidly expanding high-speed rail network. (XIA), however, does not come off lightly. At (XIA)'s home base of Xiamen Airport, where it accounts for 43.9% of all domestic capacity, one-third of all domestic services risk being threatened by high-speed rail over the next few years.
China Southern (GUN) is the most affected by high-speed rail, with (GUN) expecting high-speed rail to eventually replace a quarter of its network; (GUN) is also the most aggressive internationally, with severe implications for other carriers.
(XIA)'s rise (it wants to be the 20th largest carrier by the end of the 12th Five Year plan, ending in 2015) is being accompanied by membership in the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance as well as fleet growth from the current 78 to 136 by 2015. (XIA) only has 36 airplanes on order, suggesting an order in the short-term is likely. With its fleet, (XIA) hopes to carry 30 million passengers annually by 2015, up from a 16.4 million in 2011. Also remaining to play out is how (XIA) will complement the international expansion of 60% owner China Southern Airlines (GUN).
2 737-85Cs (38391, B-5653; 38392, B-5655), deliveries.
August 2012: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) agreed to purchase 40 Boeing (TBC) Next-Generation 737-800s valued at $3.5 billion at list prices, following Chinese government approval.
The China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary expects to take delivery of the airplanes between 2016 and 2019. (XIA) currently operates a fleet of 15 737-700s, 58 737-800s and 6 757-200s and has 6 787-8s and 14 additional 737-800s on order. Its key bases besides Xiamen, are at Fuzhou Changle (FOC), Hangzhou Xiaoshan International (HGH), Quanzhou Jinjiang (JJN) and Xi'an Xianyang International (XIY) airports.
(XIA) plans to use the airplanes for more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and China.
(XIA) currently operates an all-Boeing (TBC) fleet of 6 757s and 77 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. (XIA) plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of year 2020.
China has begun ordering updated narrow bodies, with an unannounced contract for 30 Boeing 737 MAXs from Xiamen Airlines (XIA). Although the agreement is not yet definitive, it confirms that Chinese carriers, with the presumed blessing of the government, will not wait for the finalization of the next 5-year plan in late 2014 before ordering re-engined narrow bodies.
October 2012: Hainan Airlines (HNA) plans to invest >CNY1 billion/$159 million in its new subsidiary, Fuzhou Airlines, to be launched in conjunction with the Fuzhou provincial government.
According to an industry insider, (HNA) would be the controlling stakeholder with a 60% stake. The Fuzhou provincial government, represented by Fuzhou National Assets Investment Holding Company, would hold a 20% stake and the other two unidentified companies would each hold a 10% stake.
There is no specific timetable for the launch, which needs approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
(HNA) hopes to increase its routes between E China and W China through the new venture.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) dominates the Fuzhou market with a 50% market share.
November 2012: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has become the 19th member of the SkyTeam (SKT) global alliance. China's 6th largest carrier, (XIA) flies >15 million passengers annually to >50 cities including Macau, Hong Kong and Taipei. (XIA) is headquartered in the coastal city of Xiamen and is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines (GUN).
Other SkyTeam (SKT) alliance member airlines in the China region include (GUN), China Airlines (CHI) and China Eastern (CEA).
"By joining the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, (XIA) opens up the world to its passengers. And today we also strengthen the (STM) Alliance's footprint in China," (STM) Managing Director Michael Wisbrun said. "Greater China remains a priority region for our (STM) alliance.”
SEE ATTACHED - - "XIA-2012-11 - SKYTEAM MEMBER."
(XIA) operates a fleet of 87 Boeing airplanes and plans to expand its fleet to >136 airplanes in 2015. It operates 5 international routes to Singapore, Thailand and destinations in neighboring NE Asian countries.
(XIA) has also ordered 6 787s for 2014 to 2015 delivery. It plans to use the 787 Dreamliners to launch flights to Europe and the USA from its Xiamen base and Fuzhou.
Air China’s (BEJ) subsidiary, Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) is scheduled to formally join the Star (SAL) Alliance at the end of this year. (BEJ) joined the (SAL) Alliance in December 2007.
January 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has reported an operating profit of +CNY2 billion/+$317.4 million in 2012, up +17% over +CNY1.7 billion in 2011. The profit is due to the robust growth of domestic market demand. Passenger boardings rose +6.7% to >16 million last year.
(XIA) has a new shareholder when Jizhong Energy Resources, 1 of China's largest coal producers, acquired a 15% stake in (XIA) from Hubei Aviation Investment Group for approximately $308 million USD. China Southern Airlines (GUN) remains the majority shareholder in Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and currently still owns 51% of the shares.
4 SkyTeam (STM) Alliance airlines have launched a new program to strengthen their ties on services between China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Taiwan's China Airlines (CHI) and mainland Chinese carriers: China Southern Airlines (GUN), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), and Xiamen Airlines (XIA) have launched the Greater China Connection program, in which the airlines will jointly develop marketing and product strategies for travellers throughout greater China.
The program will give members of each carrier's frequent flyer programs mutual privileges and lounge access, while the combination of code shares across the four carriers will allow passengers more flexibility, say the airlines. They add that the program will extend across 41 airports and include >270 cross-strait flights per week.
The program will enhance the positions of the 4 carriers in the important cross-strait market, which has grown considerably since 1st direct flights between China and Taiwan started in 2009 on the back of strong business and leisure traffic.
In December 2012, the 2 countries were scheduled to hold talks that are expected to lead to an increased number of flights across the straits.
Boeing [TBC) recently developed new flight procedures for Xiamen Airlines (XIA), an all-Boeing operator, which enables (XIA) to fly some of the most precise, fuel efficient, satellite based routes available.
In coordination with the Xiamen Airport Group, (XIA) is the 1st Chinese airline to use the advanced navigation capability of its 737 fleet to conduct Required Navigational Performance – Authorization Required (RNP AR) flight operations using flight corridors narrower than a 3rd of a mile across, or what is known in the industry as (RNP 0.3). (RNP) measurements indicate a level of accuracy to which an airplane can fly while navigating using certain instruments, normally satellite-based avionics. A lower (RNP) value allows greater precision which can reduce flight miles, saving fuel and reducing costs for an airline.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) worked in close partnership with Boeing Flight Services and Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, both part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), along with Wuyishan Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC) to develop the new instrument flight procedures. (XIA) successfully performed demonstration flights on December 18, 2012 to test these highly tailored (RNP AR) procedures at the Wuyishan Airport, Fujian Province, China.
(RNP AR) is the most capable form of Required Navigation Performance – enabling airplanes to use Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and on board avionics to fly precisely predefined flight paths without reliance on ground-based navigation stations. It enables curved approach paths that can avoid terrain or noise-sensitive areas.
Boeing (ATM) Navigation Services Program Manager, Shawn Bailey said: “Prior to (RNP), most airports around the world, including Wuyishan Airport, relied on conventional ground-based navigation stations, which require more separation between airplanes, less efficient flight paths and often less stabilized approaches.”
“Technology such as (RNP) has the benefits of improving safety and efficiency, lowering operating costs and being more environmentally friendly,” said Wan Xiangdong, Director General, Flight Standards Department, (CAAC). “(RNP) really benefits everyone – the airport authorities, air operators and air traffic control by increasing safety and efficiency and reducing workload.”
“We are thrilled to help make this breakthrough in our work with the (CAAC)” said Chuck Steigerwald, head of Boeing Air Traffic Management Navigation Services. “Providing this service and helping airlines use the advanced capabilities of their airplanes to enhance safety and improve their bottom line efficiency is a great opportunity to demonstrate what the "Boeing Edge" is all about.”
(XIA) chose Barco’s (OVL) video wall and Transform A controller for the control room of its new Airline Operation Center (AOC). The operation center, said to be the most advanced in Asia, became operational on 15 November last. (XIA) is committed to continually improving its performance by building information-based, automated and smart operations. Consequently, it resolutely chose the best available technology when equipping its newly constructed (AOC) building. Barco installed a large-screen (OVL)-715 (DLP) display system coupled with a TransForm A controller. With high performance and reliable features, the system is capable of addressing (XIA)'s requirements to seamlessly and reliably display all operational and flight monitoring images, 24/7.
Mr Chen Ying, VP Information Department of (XIA) confirms: “Barco’s video wall helps us further improve our capabilities in flight monitoring and emergency response, thus ensuring that (XIA) can provide its passengers with highly secure, high-quality, technical support services.”
(XIA) operates a fleet of 81 Boeing (TBC) airplanes on >210 routes. This year, (XIA) is scheduled to take delivery of 15 new Boeing (TBC) airplanes. (XIA) committed to purchasing 40 737-800 NextGens last year and plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of 2020.
February 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is planning a rapid expansion this year as it grows its fleet and takes advantage of the booming Asian market demand. (XIA) operates 87 Boeing airplanes and is scheduled to take delivery of a further 15 this year. (XIA) committed to purchasing 40 737-800NGs in 2012 and plans to grow its fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of 2020.
It plans to boost international capacity +14.7% this year and open new routes including Zhengzhou - Xiamen - Jakarta, Dalian - Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur, Dalian - Xiamen - Singapore, Tianjin - Fuzhou - Kuala Lumpur, Dalian - Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur, and Dalian - Xiamen - Singapore.
(XIA) will also increase domestic capacity +18.6% this year and add more flight frequencies on routes, including Xiamen - Kunming, Xiamen - Chongqing - Lhasa, and Xiamen - Zhengzhou - Xining.
(XIA) has reported a consecutive profit for 26 years. It posted an operating profit of +CNY2 billion/+$317.4 million in 2012, up +17% over +CNY1.7 billion in 2011. It aims to transport >20 million passengers this year and cargo traffic volume is targeted at >200,000 tonnes.
SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member carriers that currently operate out of Beijing Capital Airport are planning to move to the new airport in Daxing. The new airport, currently under construction, is expected to be completed by October 2017; formal operations are scheduled to begin in 2018.
China’s (STM) Alliance members (including China Southern Airlines (GUN), China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and Xiamen Airlines (XIA)) currently operate in Beijing Capital Airport’s Terminal 2. (STM) Alliance Managing Director, Michael Wisbrun has reportedly discussed the plan to move to the new airport with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC).
The new airport, which was approved at the end of last year, will have 6 runways for civilian use and will be located in southern Beijing’s Daxing district. It has not officially been given a name yet.
Once the airport is operational, the Beijing Nanyuan Airport (which serves as a military and civilian base for China United Airlines (CUL) in the southern Fengtai district) will be closed. China United Airlines (CUL), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines (CEA), is also expected to move to the new airport.
The new airport, which has been in the planning stage for years, will shoulder part of the traffic at Beijing Capital Airport. Last year, Beijing Capital handled 80 million passengers, exceeding its planned capacity of 76 million passengers by 2015. The planned capacity for the Beijing Daxing airport is 70 million passengers a year, but will initially handle 45 million passengers a year after the 1st stage is completed.
March 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) plans to launch 8 new services as part of its summer schedule starting from March 31. (XIA) will begin 4x-weekly, Changsha - Guiyang and daily, Hangzhou - Changsha - Lanzhou services on March 31. It will also commence a daily, Nanning - Hangzhou - Dalian service on April 20.
It will launch daily, Quanzhou - Hangzhou - Tianjin and Xiamen - Tianjin - Harbin services on May 10 and July 10, respectively.
Daily, Fuzhou - Guiyang - Lijiang flights will begin on August 10, followed by a daily, Tianjin - Xiamen - Sanya service on September 10.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) also plans to launch daily, Quanzhou - Hong Kong flights on April 3, and start a direct service to Jakarta during the summer.
For the Dalian - Xiamen - Singapore and Dalian - Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur routes, (XIA) will increase frequencies to 3x- and 4x-weekly, respectively, starting March 31.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will compete with Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) on the Quanzhou - Hong Kong route. It also competes with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on the Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur route and with SilkAir (SLK) on the Xiamen - Singapore route.
April 2013: The use of head-up displays (HUDs) in Chinese commercial airplanes has made a key advance in China with the decision by 1 of the country’s 3 biggest airlines, China Eastern (CEA), to introduce the technology into its narrow body airplanes.
With the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC) targeting near-universal use of (HUD)s by 2025, (CEA) has ordered Rockwell Collins (HUD)s for 58 737s, with deliveries due from mid-2013 to 2015.
Okay Airways (OKA), a much smaller carrier, has ordered the same equipment for 10 737s, with similar delivery dates to (CEA)’s.
(HUD)s are becoming steadily more common in commercial aviation globally because they increase safety and landing opportunities in bad weather by keeping pilots (FC)’s attention outside of the airplane, and they also can help guide the landing. But the (CAAC)’s policy is making manufacturers optimistic that the Chinese market will mature early.
Thales (THL) and Rockwell Collins are well positioned as the suppliers for the A320 family and the 737, respectively.
The Chinese market alone is considerable. Rockwell Collins, for example, says its (HUD), the Head-up Guidance System (HGS), has a catalog price of about $350,000 per set. On that basis, the 2 contracts announced on April 2 are worth about $24 million, before discounts.
Shandong Airlines (SHG) appears to have been the 1st Chinese carrier to begin using (HUD)s. It ordered the (HGS) for 737s around the middle of last decade, says Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems in China.
China Southern (GUN) ordered its 5 A380s with Thales (THL) (HUD)s. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) uses Rockwell Collins (HUD)s on its 737s.
China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) plans to introduce its 1st Boeing 787 in July 2014, as scheduled, to facilitate international expansion plans. “It is a key step for (XIA) to explore the international market by taking delivery of [the] 787,” (XIA) General Manager Che Shanglun said. (XIA) ordered 6 787s in 2011. (XIA) plans to use the 787 Dreamliner to launch new long-haul routes to New York, Vancouver, Paris, Amsterdam, and Sydney.
June 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand its business licence coverage. (XIA) is permitted to operate cargo and passenger services within China, and to specified cities in the Asia-Pacific region. It is now applying to expand its business scope to cover all international operations.
(XIA) joined the SkyTeam (STM) alliance last November. (XIA) operates mostly domestic services, but it also has flights to Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea. It has a fleet of 88 narrow body airplanes including 737s and 757s.
4 737-85Cs (38380, B-5750; 38382, B-5788; 38401, B-5789; 38402, B-5790), deliveries.
August 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) inaugurated services from Fuzhou (FOC) in the south-eastern Chinese Fujian province to Jeju (CJU) in South Korea. Beginning on August 3, (XIA) operates a 2x-weekly schedule on the 1,100 km route, using 737-800s.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has finalized a long-awaited deal for 6 Boeing 787 airplanes worth $1.27 billion at list prices, allowing it to begin long-haul services to the USA and Europe in 2014.
(XIA)'s parent, China Southern Airlines (GUN), said in May 2011 that it had signed a letter of agreement for the 6 787s, but the deal was held up pending approval from the Chinese government. That came this week, according to sources familiar with the deal. "We've confirmed the order. The 1st jet will be delivered on July 25 next year," said (XIA) spokeswoman Shen Zikun.
(XIA), which is a member of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance, is one of only a handful of all-Boeing airplane operators. It flies its 737s and 757s on domestic routes and regional services to NE and SE Asia.
It plans to use the 787s to launch long-haul services from its home in Xiamen in the southeastern Fujian province which is 1 of China's fastest growing economic zones. It has not yet confirmed the USA and European destinations it will serve.
Most flights from China to Europe and the USA go through 1 of the 3 main hubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and passengers normally get connecting flights from there to their final destinations.
The country's big 4 carriers (Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), China Southern (GUN), and Hainan Airlines (HNA)) dominate these long-haul routes.
But airport congestion and increasing demand for point-to-point connections mean that these airlines and their subsidiaries are looking at other cities to serve as ports of entry into China.
This makes China a highly lucrative market for larger twin-aisle passenger airplanes like the 777 and 787 and the Airbus A330 and A350, that can cover the long distances.
737-85C (39930, B-5791), (SMBC) Aviation Capital leased and 737-85C (41790, B-5792), (ILFC) leased.
September 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA), the Chinese regional carrier that is 51%-owned by China Southern Airlines (GUN), began serving Jakarta (CGK) for the 1st time this month. On September 12 it launched 4x-weekly flights from Fuzhou (FOC), followed on September 14 by 3x-weekly flights from Xiamen (XMN). Both routes are served by (XIA)’s 737-700s. (XIA) will celebrate the 1st anniversary of its membership of the SkyTeam alliance in late November. Next July the airline expects to take delivery of its 1st (of 6) 787 Dreamliners, with all 6 being delivered by the end of 2015.
October 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA), 1 of several Chinese members of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance, has resumed flights from its home base of Xiamen (XMN) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) after a 7 year gap. The 4x-weekly service restarted on October 28th using 737-800s, having last been flown on April 18th, 2006. Competition is provided by Star (SAL) Alliance member Thai Airways (TII), who also operate the route with 4x-weekly flights.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines (GUN), has reached an agreement with (UTC) Aerospace Systems to provide carbon brakes and wheels for its new fleet of Boeing 787-8 airplanes, as (XIA) looks to gain cost savings on the brake performance.
(UTC) uses carbon heat sink material that it refers to as Duracarb, and claims to produce costs savings and a "35% brake life advantage" over competing brake systems. "Due to the new technology of the 787 electric brake, electro-mechanical braking experience was a critical factor in our supplier selection," said Tang Jianqi, General Manager Maintenance & Engineering at Xiamen Airlines (XIA).
The 1st 787 is scheduled for delivery to (XIA) in July 2014.
November 2013: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has launched its 2nd route in as many weeks to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). It introduced flights from its base at Xiamen, and on October 29th, 3x-weekly services started from Fuzhou (FOC) using (XIA)’s 737-800s. No other carrier operates the 2,370 km route. Fuzhou Changle International Airport handled 7.85 million passengers in 2012, making it China’s 25th busiest airport.
(XIA) took delivery of its 100th Boeing airplane. (XIA)’s fleet comprises 17 737-700s, 77 737-800s and 6 757-200s with an average airplane age of 5.08 years. It is expected to take delivery of 30 737-800s and 6 787s over the next 2 years. (XIA) plans to grow its operational fleet to 136 airplanes, including 6 787s, by the end of 2015.
The China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary (1 of the most profitable carriers in China) has maintained a consecutive profit for 27 years. It has reported a total profit of +CNY6 billion/+$98 million since 2011. (XIA) posted a net profit of +CNY2.5 billion in 2011 and earned a net income of +CNY2 billion in 2012.
December 2014: 737-85C (41793, B-5847), (ILF) leased.
February 2014: On February 19, Liu Keqing, the Mayor of Xiamen paid a visit to Xiamen Airlines (XIA), according to the Xiamen "Daily News." Mr Liu stated that the company should continuously forge ahead, enhance its strength, intensify safety management and improve service quality to better promote the economic and social development in the region. In the future, Xiaman Airlines (XIA) will continue to consolidate the development of its main base in Xiamen and is expected to assign over 80 new airplanes in the region, which will mainly be deployed on routes linking with Xiamen and help the airline strive to achieve a 50% market share in the region. Meanwhile, the Xiamen-based airline plans to open a series of domestic and international routes to enhance its connectivity.
It's learned that (XIA) will expand its fleet size to 150 airplanes by 2015, with annual passenger volume of 30 million. On the basis of expanding on the existing routes, (XIA) will open new international destinations in Southeast and Northeast Asia, including Hanoi, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Osaka. Moreover, it will introduce more wide-body airplanes and launch new long-haul international services to London, New York, and Sydney in Europe, the USA, and Australia as well. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will invest about 20 billion yuan to build a base at the new Xiamen Xiangan Airport, its headquarters building and another attached building.
On behalf of the government, Mr Liu spoke highly of the achievement of Xiamen Airlines (XIA). "Founded in 1984, (XIA) has turned into one of the major airlines in China and achieved a qualitative change and ascension through 30 years' development. Adhering to the principle of high-qualified and efficient services, the company has created a famous aviation brand with distinct (XIA) characteristics, which have established the position of (XIA) in the civil aviation industry of China. After joining the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, (XIA) has successfully connected Xiamen with 983 destinations in 186 countries and regions in the world, further improving its international operations.
"The government will fully support the development of (XIA), help it solve practical difficulties in the field of production and management, and create a favorable environment and conditions to accelerate its development," Mr Liu added, and the government also encourages the airline to open more international routes and promote the construction of the international airport hub in Xiamen. Simultaneously, the government hopes (XIA) will further improve its service quality for travelers, and increase the investment of transport capacity, enhance safety management, promote security capabilities and upgrade the corporate brand, to make more contributions to the economic development of Xiamen.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) appointed (APG) Global Associates as its general sales agent (GSA) in six countries as of January 1st. (APG) is representing (XIA) in Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the UK. (APG) will be providing full sales and marketing services as well as call center and ticketing facilities.
April 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has introduced a new service to the Korean island of Jeju (CJU). On April 15th, it began 3x-weekly flights from its home base of Xiamen (XMN) using its 737-800s on the 1,290 km route. No other carrier serves this airport pair. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) already serves Jeju from Fuzhou, a route it started last August.
May 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is reportedly in negotiations with Hebei Airlines (NTE) stakeholders to take over the loss-making Shijiazhuang-based carrier.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has signed a 10-year contract with Moog to provide support for the flight control systems on its Boeing 787 fleet. Moog provides the primary and high lift, flight control systems on the 787 and recently launched a new suite of aftermarket support products. Under the contract, Moog will provide (XIA) with maintenance and inventory support including around-the-clock access to airplane spares. "We look forward to supporting Xiamen Airlines (XIA) with our cost effective alternative for both maintenance and global inventory support, along with an unparalleled level of in-country service over the next 10 years," said Kate Schaefer, General Manager, Commercial Airplane Services at Moog.
June 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has introduced its 1st international route from Jinjiang (JJN) to Jeju (CJU) in South Korea - - SEE ATTACHED - - "XIA-2014-06-TO JEJU S KOREA." The 1,225 km service was launched on June 17 and will operate 3x-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays using (XIA)’s 737-800s. The 1st flight reportedly carried 169 passengers. Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport was ranked 47th last year among Chinese airports, handling 2.63 million passengers, up +22% on the previous year.
July 2014: With the purchasing deal that Xiamen Airlines (XIA) bought a 99.23% stake of Hebei Airlines (NTE) signed on July 16, state-owned coal enterprise (Jizhong Energy Group Compant Ltd) has resold its aviation shares in Hebei Airlines (NTE), which has suffered continuous losses since it was established in 2010, the "China Business News" reported.
Founded by the Jizhong Energy Group, Hebei Airlines (NTE) has been running at a loss for the last 3 years. It reported annual losses of -200 million yuan, -500 million yuan and -300 million yuan for 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Its shareholder, the Jizhong Energy Group could hardly survive from the downturn in the coal market.
Given the financial troubles, Hebei Airlines (NTE) took the initiative to contact Xiamen Airlines (XIA), a regional airline headquartered in Xiamen. (XIA) has an all-Boeing type fleet of >100 planes and is thought of highly for its sophisticated management and cost control, which made it become the unique domestic profitable airline in the past 27 years. In October 2010, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) leased 3 Boeing 737 airplanes to Hebei Airlines (NTE). Later, Jizhong Energy Resources bought a 15% stake of (XIA) for 1.46 billion yuan.
Headquartered in Xiamen, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has set up branches in Hangzhou, Tianjin, Nanchang, Beijing, and Hunan in recent years, acquiring an opportunity to enter the air transport hub market. However, it is difficult to get superior slots in Beijing and the market competition of Hebei in the vicinity of Beijing was also fierce. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) interests included its desire to participate in the reconstruction and expansion of its market share in Northern China with the help from Heibei Airlines (NTE).
737-85C (39901, B-1915), delivery.
July 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has launched 2 new routes from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA). On July 22nd, (XIA) commenced daily flights to both Beijing (PEK) and Shenzhen (SZX) using its 737-800s. Competition on the 2 routes is incredibly intense. The Beijing route is already served by 40x-daily flights, and Shenzhen with up to 31x-daily flights. These are (XIA)’s 4th and 5th routes from Shanghai Hongqiao, as it already serves Xiamen (10x-daily), Fuzhou (8x-daily) and Quanzhou (2x-daily). Incidentally, on July 25th (XIA) celebrated its 30th anniversary. (XIA), which is 51% owned by China Southern Airlines (GUN), operates a fleet of >100 airplanes, all of which are Boeings (TBC). (XIA) expects to receive its 1st 787 in August.
With the purchasing deal that Xiamen Airlines (XIA) bought a 99.23% stake of Hebei Airlines (NTE) signed on July 16, state-owned coal enterprise (Jizhong Energy Group Compant Ltd) has resold its aviation shares in (NTE), which has suffered continuous losses since it was established in 2010, "China Business News" reported.
Founded by the Jizhong Energy Group, (NTE) has been running at a loss for the last 3 years. It reported annual losses of -200 million yuan, -500 million yuan and -300 million yuan for 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Its shareholder, the Jizhong Energy Group could hardly survive from the downturn in the coal market.
Given the financial troubles, Hebei Airlines (NTE) took the initiative to contact Xiamen Airlines (XIA), a regional airline headquartered in Xiamen. It now has an all-Boeing type fleet of >100 planes and is thought of highly for its sophisticated management and cost control, which made it become the unique domestic profitable airline in the past 27 years. In October 2010, (XIA) leased 3 737 airplanes to Hebei Airlines (NTE). Later, Jizhong Energy Resources bought a 15% stake of (XIA) for 1.46 billion yuan.
Headquartered in Xiamen, (XIA) has set up branches in Hangzhou, Tianjin, Nanchang, Beijing, and Hunan in recent years, acquiring an opportunity to enter the air transport hub market. However, it is difficult to get superior slots in Beijing and the market competition of Hebei in the vicinity of Beijing was also fierce. (XIA) interests included its desire to participate in the reconstruction and expansion of its market share in N China with the help from (NTE).
The deal was reportedly concluded on July 16. The move comes after previous majority shareholder, state-owned coal enterprise Jizhong Energy Group Company decided to withdraw from (NTE), which has racked up over USD161million in losses over the last 3 years.
As it stands, it is uncertain as to whether Hebei (NTE) will be absorbed into Xiamen (XIA) or will remain a separate entity.
The resources of Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) are all saturated. However, the new Beijing airport gives hope to airlines that plan to expand in the Beijing market.
(NTE) operates 2 737-700s, 4 737-800s and 5 E190s on scheduled passenger services throughout China. Hebei's key bases are Shijiazhuang and Wenzhou.
The resources of Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) are all saturated. However, the new Beijing airport gives hope to airlines that plan to expand in the Beijing market.
(XIA) operates 105 airplanes, and serves 10 countries, 66 destinations, 277 routes, and 589 daily flights.
August 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) plans to expand its presence in SE Asia by launching 3 new services to Jakarta in Indonesia, Bangkok in Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, starting September 24.
(XIA) is set to open Tianjin - Xiamen - Jakarta, Tianjin - Fuzhou - Bangkok, Zhengzhou - Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur routes from September 24. Meanwhile, (XIA) will increase the frequency its flights from Xiamen to Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok to daily.
According to (XIA), both Tianjin - Xiamen - Jakarta and Zhengzhou - Xiamen - Kuala Lumpur services will be offered 4x-weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while the Tianjin - Fuzhou - Bangkok service will be operated 3x-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
On August 13, (XIA) and the Jiangxi Province signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Nanchang, capital of the Jiangxi province, jointly investing and establishing the 1st local carrier in Jiangxi together with the Jiangxi Airlines Investment Company.
According to the agreement, the start-up carrier, Jiangxi Airlines Company Ltd was set up with a registered capital of 2 billion yuan, of which 60% was invested by (XIA) in airplanes and fixed assets, while the rest (40%) was contributed by Jiangxi Airlines Investment in cash. The new airline is expected to commence official operations next June, with a fleet of 5 airplanes. Its fleet size will be expanded to 8 airplanes in 2016 and 30 by 2020. Based at Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN), the new airline will fly Boeing 737 airplanes to most major cities across the country, initially opening domestic flights between Nanchang and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu.
Jiangxi Provincial Party Secretary Qiang Wei, Governor Lu Xinshe and Xiamen Airlines (XIA) General Manager, Che Shanglun attended the signing ceremony.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) as a SkyTeam (STM) Alliance airline has accelerated its fleet expansion in recent years and continues to introduce advanced airplanes. Currently, it operates an all-Boeing (TBC) fleet consisting of 106 airplanes: - 6 757-200s, 17 737-700s and 83 737-800s. In late August, (XIA) is taking delivery of its 1st 787, which will become the 1st wide body airplane in its fleet.
Che Shanglun Chairman & General Manager of Xiamen Airlines (XIA), said (XIA) is expected to own a fleet of 360 airplanes, operate 1,300 flights daily, and serve up to 70 million passengers annually in 20 years. With the expansion of its fleet size, (XIA) will expand globally by gradually forming a route network that radiates across the Asia Pacific region and connects with Europe and the USA.
Boeing (TBC) will deliver the 1st 787 to (XIA) in Seattle on August 30, when (XIA) will become the 3rd 787 operator in China following China Southern Airlines (GUN) and Hainan Airlines (HNA). The 1st 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to arrive at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) on August 31, and will make its 1st commercial flight in early September.
(XIA) will initially operate the 787 Dreamliner on domestic flights from Fuzhou to Beijing following its 1st 787 commercial flight between Fuzhou and Bejing on September 6. (XIA) will use the 787s on long-haul international routes from its Fujian Province base to Europe, North America and Australia, as early as 2015.
(XIA)'s 787 features a classic 3-class configuration with 236 seats: - 4F in 1st class, 18C in business class and 214Y in economy class.
SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS: - "XIA-787 FIRST CLASS, BUSINESS CLASS, ECONOMY CLASS - 2014-08."
The first class suites offer passengers complete privacy with a small coat closet. The private suites also feature separate seats that can be easily transformed into a fully flat bed, making passengers and family feel like home at 30,000 ft in the air.
The business (C) class employs a 2-2-2 seat configuration (all seats with aisle access). Each seat can be reclined a full 180 degrees into a flat bed. The economy (Y) class features a 3-3-3 configuration, with up to 84 cm legroom. Each seat is equipped with a power supply, (USB) port, noise-cancelling headphones, and an individual in-flight entertainment (IFE) screen, with personal closet and stowage for coat, luggage, laptop and personal belongings.
(XIA) unveiled new uniforms for flight attendants (CA) with the arrival of its 1st 787 Dreamliner - - SEE PHOTO - - "XIA-2014-08 - 1ST 787."
787-8 (41536, B-2768), delivery.
September 2014: Xiamen Airlines ((IATA) Code: MF) (XIA) officially launched its long-awaited Beijing Branch on September 5, marking a significant milestone in the development of the airline. It is the 6th branch company of (XIA) following its Fuzhou, Nanchang, Hangzhou, Tianjin, and Hunan branches, which will help its expansion in North China.
Currently, (XIA) has deployed 13 airplanes in total at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), including 7 overnight airplanes, which operate 21 flights daily on 10 domestic routes departure from (PEK) to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. From 2011 to 2013, (XIA) had handled 4.96 million passengers and 37,000 airplane movements on Beijing route, ranking 5th among the domestic airlines.
(XIA) has constantly increased capacity in the Beijing aviation market, enriching its domestic network departure from Beijing. Besides, (XIA)'s 1st Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was delivered on August 31, is scheduled to make its 1st commercial passenger between Fuzhou and Beijing this month. Meanwhile, (XIA)'s 2nd 787 Dreamliner, to be delivered in October, will also be deployed at Beijing.
After the establishment of the Beijing Branch, (XIA) will increase flight frequencies of flights from Beijing to Fujian, Hangzhou, and other main bases, and gradually open more trunk routes linking Beijing and Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Kunming, improving its domestic network departing from Beijing. According to the company plan, (XIA) is expected to double its capacity in Beijing when the new 86 billion yuan Beijing airport will be put into operation. By 2020, the Beijing Branch will own a fleet of 40 airplanes, an annual passenger volume of 5 million, and contribute 120 million yuan each year.
(XIA) is making efforts to build a strategic transport pattern integrating Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province, with its Beijing Branch as the core, its Tianjin Branch and Hebei Airlines as the supports, said Che Shanglun, Chairman & General Manager of (XIA). Setting up a new branch in Beijing will not only guarantee (XIA) to implement its strategic objective of "strengthening in northern China, expanding in central and western China", but also will become a new force for boosting civil aviation development in the local regions. Meanwhile, with more and more branches, (XIA) will be more powerful in its Boeing 787s route planning and network layout, which can further promote the sustainable development of (XIA) in the future.
(XIA) officially operated its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a Fuzhou - Beijing flight, marking its 1st 787 commercial passenger flight.
Flight MF8107 took off from Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) at 12:35 pm and arrived in Beijing at 2:55 pm, and the return flight MF8108 departed from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 4:21 pm and landed in Fuzhou at 6:37 pm.
Starting from September 13, the 787 Dreamliner will fly domestic flights from Fuzhou, Xiamen to Beijing by turns, after a week operation on Xiamen - Beijing route from September 7 to 12.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is China's only all-Boeing carrier. In November 2013, (XIA) took delivery of its 100th Boeing airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800. As part of (XIA)'s 12th 5-year plan ending 2015, (XIA) plans to grow its fleet to 150 airplanes, including 6 787s. The 787 is the most advanced airplane in commercial aviation and will help (XIA) develop more point-to-point routes globally, while also establishing (XIA) as an emerging force in the commercial aviation market.
It is learnt that the 2nd 787 will join (XIA)'s fleet in October 2014, and the rest (4) of the 787s will be delivered next year. (XIA) will use the 787s on long-haul international routes from its base Fujian Province to Europe, North America and Australia as early as 2015.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is 1 of the most profitable carriers in China and has maintained a profit record for 27 years.
Recently, (XIA) has sped up its expansion process in China by setting up branch companies in Hangzhou, Tianjin, Nanchang, and Changsha. In July, it sealed a deal with Hebei Airlines (NTE) through which it becomes the controlling stakeholder of (NTE) with a 99.23% stake.
On September 15, a brand new Boeing 737-800 airplane, registration number (B-1708), arrived at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) and joined the fleet of Xiamen Airlines (XIA), which is the 9th airplane (XIA) has introduced in 2014, bringing its fleet size to 109.
(XIA) has accelerated its fleet expansion. This is the 3rd airplane introduced by (XIA) within half a month, following the 787 Dreamliner introduced on August 31 and 737-800 (B1706) on September 9.
So far, (XIA) owns 102 737s, including 17 737-700s and 85 737-800s, as well as 6 757-200s and 1 787 Dreamliner.
October 2014: News Item A-1: China Southern Airlines (GUN) has approved the takeover of Hebei Airlines (NTE) by its subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA). (XIA) will purchase 99.2% stakes in the loss-making carrier for CNY749 million/$122 million, according to a statement released through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Hebei Airlines (NTE) parent, the Hebei Aviation Group, which is controlled by the Hebei Jizhong Energy Group, holds a 62% stake. Sichuan Airlines (sic) and the Shenyang Zhongrui Company hold a 35% and 3% stake, respectively.
China Southern (GUN) also approved the (XIA)’s purchase of the remaining 0.77% stake held by the Shenyang Zhongrui Company.
In 2010, Hebei Airlines (NTE) had planned to attain an operating revenue of >CNY10 billion and expand its fleet to >20 airplanes by 2015. However, (NTE) has posted consecutive losses since it was launched 3 years ago. It reported a net loss of -CNY200 million and nearly -CNY500 million in 2011 and 2012, respectively. It posted a net loss of >-CNY300 million in 2013.
In order to save (NTE), (GUN) also approved a CNY1 billion short-term loan by (XIA) to (NTE). It also approved a capital injection of CNY800 million to the Shijiazhuang-based carrier over the next 3 years.
News Item A-2: On the afternoon of October 26th, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) welcomed its 2nd Boeing 787 Dreamliner (B-2769) at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, marking the 20th 787 for China.
The 787 is the 10th new airplane introduced by (XIA) this year, bringing its fleet size to 111 airplanes. According to (XIA), the new 787 has been put into operation on October 28, operating domestic round trips from Beijing to the Fujian Province. 2 787 flights are now available on the Fuzhou - Beijing and Xiamen - Beijing routes every day.
(XIA) had 6 787 Dreamliners on order. The rest of the 4 787s will be delivered next year. Specifically, the 3rd 787 is scheduled to join the airline in February 2015, which will be deployed on popular domestic routes to meet increasing travel demands during the Spring Festival travel rush.
(XIA) owns China's largest all-Boeing fleet including 17 737-700s, 86 737-800s, 6 757-200s and 2 787-8s. With the delivery of its new 787-8, (XIA) accelerates its network expansion by developing more point-to-point routes. (XIA) is planning to use the 787s on long-haul routes from its Fujian Province base to Europe next summer, to promote the local economy.
(XIA) has maintained a consecutive profit for 27 years. It operates Boeing airplanes on 244 domestic and international routes.
November 2014: News Item A-1: Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) has been selected by Xiamen Air (XIA) to support the launch of its 6 Boeing 787s with component maintenance and overhaul services under a long-term contract. (XIA) is the 7th significant 787 operator and 1st Chinese one to choose the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) organization for long-term 787 component support.
December 2014: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has filed an application for launching a service between Hangzhou and Bangkok, Thailand starting January 15, 2015, according to an announcement on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on December 9.
Pending government approval, (XIA) will operate the Hangzhou - Bangkok service using Boeing 737-800 airplanes, with 3x-weekly.
January 2015: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) achieved its 28th consecutive profitable year. In 2014, (XIA)'s passenger throughput amounted to 20 million and its cargo & mail throughput reached 211,000 tonnes. It also reported annual operating revenue of 18.88 billion yuan despite depression in the domestic air travel market. Moreover, it is the only Chinese airline that has been profitable for 28 consecutive years since 1988. (XIA) is also regarded as 1 of the most profitable airlines in the world.
(XIA) has maintained an excellent safety record. It operated up to 385,000 million safe hours and handled 188,000 take-off & landings in 2014, achieving its 30th year of safe operations.
(XIA) made more milestones and breakthroughs in 2014. It has successfully acquired a stake in Hebei Airlines (NS) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jiangxi government on launching Jiangxi Airlines. Its total asset tops 35 billion yuan and its net asset reaches up to 13 billion yuan. Meanwhile, it has set up new branches in Beijing and Hunan, further optimizing its route layout. During the year, it took delivery of 13 new airplanes and expanded its fleet size up to 113. With the introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, (XIA) has speeded up its international expansion with launching about 10 international routes including Tianjin - Jakarta, Tianjin - Bangkok, Xiamen/Fuzhou - Jeju, and Xiamen/Fuzhou - Siem Reap.
What's more, (XIA) has continued to step up its efforts to improve passenger services. According to the Civil Aviation Passenger Service Evaluation (CAPSE) published by CARNOC.com, (XIA) has been voted as "The Best Airline in Mainland China" for 9 consecutive quarters for its excellent passenger services in flight attendants, cabin services, food, cabin facilities, in-flight entertainment, check-in, etc.
In 2015, (XIA) is expected to receive 19 new airplanes including 4 787 Dreamliners and to boost its fleet size to >130. It is scheduled to launch an inter-continental route linking Xiamen with Amsterdam this summer. In addition, it will provide better services by unveiling new cabin crew (CA) uniforms, offering on-board internet connection, and launching on-board duty-free shopping service.
News Item A-2: 737-85C (39909, B-1749), delivery.
February 2015: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has added +2 more international routes to its fast-growing network. On February 3rd (XIA) launched 3x-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) flights on the 2,696 km route between Hangzhou (HGH) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). Competition is provided by China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and Spring Airlines (CQH), who both also operate the route with 3x-weekly flights. This is (XIA)’s 3rd route to Bangkok. On February 8th, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) launched daily flights on the 1,144 km route between Xiamen (XMN) and Manila (MNL). This route is also already served by China Southern Airlines (GUN) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) (both with daily flights) and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) (with 2x-weekly). Manila is a new destination for (XIA). Both routes are operated by (XIA)’s 737-800s.
(XIA) now operates 200 international flights per week from Chinese airports across a network of 33 routes from 6 Chinese airports to 15 international destinations.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will launch its 1st long-haul service to Amsterdam using Boeing 787-8s this July.
Manager of the Flight Planning office, Ding Chunling, said this will be the 1st time (XIA) puts its 787s on an international service. The 787, since its induction last September, has so far been used on domestic services to Beijing and Chengdu.
“After Amsterdam, we will look at using the 787 to Australia and North America. In Australia we’re looking at Sydney and Melbourne, while to North America, we’re looking at Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver,” he added.
(XIA) will take delivery of its remaining 3 787s on order in April, June and September.
Ding added that (XIA)Xiamen is also looking at ordering more wide body airplanes as part of a push to expand its international network. He said the airline needs at least 10 787s, and that it is also considering the larger and longer range 787-9.
Apart from long-haul services, (XIA) also plans to launch more services to Manila, Osaka, and Tokyo. Domestically, (XIA) will open services to six new second tier destinations (Ganzhou, Xichang, Nantong, Wuxi, Xuzhou, and Yuncheng).
The Skyteam (STM) Alliance carrier’s aim is to build its bases in Xiamen and Fuzhou, as the gateways between Southeast China and the rest of the world.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has 116 airplanes in service, comprising of 107 737s, six 757s and three 787s.
News Item A-2: Ten new female pilots (FC) are about to start their flying career with Xiamen Airlines (XIA) after half a year's pre-job training.
The pilots (FC) were initially selected from hundreds applicants in 2010 after eight extensive tests and since embarked on a four-year professional training course at the Civil Aviation Flight University of China.
China's aviation industry is male dominated but an increasing number of females have become pilots (FC) in recent years. "You see fireworks from the ground up, but we see them from sky down," said Luo Danyi, one of the pilots (FC). She said the attractiveness of the job was that they could see many beautiful scenes from the air.
If the ten girls passed an additional 20 tests starting on March 14, they would officially pilot Xiamen Airlines (XIA)'s airplanes.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has employed three "aviatresses" in the past, two of which are now retired.
China has 449 registered female pilots (FC), accounting for just 1.12% of the total number of pilots (FC) in the country, according to data compiled in 2014.
News Item A-3: Rockwell Collins was selected by Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to supply Paves In-flight Entertainment (IFE) and Airshow 3D moving map for 45 Boeing 737NGs on order for delivery starting 2016.
737-85C (39910, B-1966) and 787-8 (41540, B-2760), deliveries.
April 2015: News Item A-1: A Boeing 737-800 of Xiamen Airlines (XIA) landed at Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) at 7:42 pm, April 2nd, marking the successful inaugural flight of Xiamen - Osaka route after six years' suspension. The inaugural flight's passenger load factor reached up to 94% LF.
The Xiamen - Osaka service, with Flight number MF839/40, will be offered three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, using 737-800s. The outbound flight is scheduled to take off from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) at 3:00 pm and arrive in Osaka at 6:50 pm, with the return flight departing from (KIX) at 7:50 pm and landing in Xiamen at 10:15 pm (all Beijing time). Passengers taking the Xiamen - Osaka flight can check in at the T3 of Xiamen Airport and land in the Kansai Airport's T1.
(XIA) first launched the Xiamen - Osaka route in 2004, but had to suspend it five years later, due to territorial disputes between Japan and China. As travel market between the two countries is taking a gradual turn for the better, the airline decided to boost its capacity to Japan and expand its presence in Northeast Asia, with plans to launch a regular service between Xiamen and Tokyo.
News Item A-2: A family taking Xiamen Airlines (XIA) Flight 874 from Singapore reached Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province at 12:50 pm on April 2nd, marking the first group of passengers with a 72-hour visa-free stay in Xiamen.
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) began to offer 72-hour visa-free entry for international transit passengers from 51 countries and regions on April 1, a move to boost overseas tourism and trade exchanges.
The same visa-free policy is already in place in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Guilin, Xi'an, and Guilin.
May 2015: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) begins 3x-weekly, Xiamen - Schiphol Boeing 787-800 service.
June 2015: Xiamen Air (XIA) takes delivery of its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner on June 18, and puts the jetliner into service starting June 21.
To satisfy the summer travel demand, (XIA) is deploying the fifth 787 Dreamliner, registration number (B-2762), on the Fuzhou - Taipei Taoyuan route from June 22 to July 25, then on the Xiamen - Amsterdam route starting July 26.
The daily Fuzhou - Taipei Taoyuan service is currently operated by a Boeing 737-800 airplane. The Taipei-bound flight MF879 is scheduled to take off from Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) at 9:00 am and land at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) at 10:25 am, with the return flight MF880 leaving Taipei at 11:25 am and reaching Fuzhou at 12:50 pm.
(XIA) ordered six 787 Dreamliners from the Boeing company (TBC), which are operating on the Xiamen - Beijing and Fuzhou - Beijing routes. By this September all six 787 Dreamliners will be delivered to (XIA) and the carrier's 787 fleet will begin to take shape.
July 2015: News Item A-1: China Southern Airlines (GUN) has agreed to purchase 4% equity interests in Xiamen Airlines (XIA) from Xiamen (C&D) Inc at a consideration of 586 million yuan on July 14, 2015.
The board approved the Jizhong Engergy Group to transfer its all 15% stake in Xiamen Airlines (XIA). The state-owned coal enterprise sold its stake to Xiamen (C&D) at a total price of 2.2 billion yuan; then transferred the 15% stake in (XIA) to China Southern (GUN) (4%) and Fujian Investment (11%).
Upon completion of the acquisition, (GUN) increased its stake in Xiamen airlines (XIA) from current its 51% to 55%. The shareholding in (XIA) will be 55% held by China Southern (GUN), 34% by Xiamen C&D, and 11% by the Fujian (I&D) Group.
In the first quarter of 2015, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) achieved a net profit of +308 million yuan.
News Item A-2: "China's New Budget Carrier, Jiangxi Air (JXI) Expected to Take Off in October" By Michelangelo Ji, WCARN.com July 21, 2015.
Jiangxi Airlines (JXI), a start-up carrier proposed by Xiamen Airlines (XIA), is poised to take off this year as the latest addition to China's burgeoning low-cost carrier (LCC) network, according to Zhang Qunzhi, Party Secretary & Deputy General Manager of (XIA).
"We hope to start operations this year, and strive to commence official operations in October," he said.
Jiangxi Airlines (JXI), to launch as a no-frills carrier, would become the second new low-cost carrier (LCC) after Juneyao Airlines (JYA) launched 9 Air (9AL), which offers fares as low as nine yuan.
The new entity has been given the green light by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to launch on June 18, 2015, from its home base at Changbei International Airport in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province.
The start-up carrier is a joint venture (JV) between Xiamen Airlines, which will hold a 60% stake in the venture, and the local state-owned company Jiangxi Aviation Investment Company, Ltd., which will hold the remaining 40%.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will initially supply Jiangxi Airlines (JXI) with airplanes, pilots (FC) and cabin crew (CA). Jiangxi Airlines (JXI) will launch with a fleet of five Boeing 737s to major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu, before expanding its fleet to 30 jets by 2020.
With the (LCC) Jiangxi Air (JXI), China Southern Airlines (GUN), which owns 55% of Xiamen Airlines (XIA), would join China Eastern Airlines (CEA) in having a (LCC) subsidiary to cater to the mass market of new flyers.
News Item A-3: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) on July 26 launched its first ever service to Europe with the introduction of 3x-weekly flights on the 9,313 - km route from Xiamen (XMN) to Amsterdam (AMS) using its 787-8s. (XIA) joins fellow SkyTeam member (KLM) in serving the route. The first flight from Amsterdam back to Xiamen took place on July 27. The long-haul route has an average load factor of 80% LF.
(XIA) has signed a wide-ranging code share agreement with its Skyteam (STM) Alliance partner, (KLM), allowing it to expand its coverage in Europe. (XIA) will code share on this route, and passengers from Xiamen will have the opportunity to connect to a range of European destinations with (KLM), via Amsterdam. Destinations covered by the agreement include London, Manchester, Rome, Venice, Florence, Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Zurich, Brussels, Stockholm, and Vienna.
In return, (KLM) will code share on a series of (XIA)-operated flights in China, connecting Xiamen with Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chongqing, Kunming, Changsha, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, and Ningbo.
(XIA) plans to open new services to Sydney at the end of the year as it picks up its international expansion pace. In 2016, (XIA) plans to operate new intercontinental services to North America.
News Item A-4: On July 14, a brand-new Boeing 737-800 airplane landed smoothly at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) and joined the fleet of Xiamen Airlines (XIA), expanding its all-Boeing fleet to 119 airplanes.
The new 737-800 (B-6485), is the 6th new airplane to be delivered to Xiamen Air in 2015, which will provide more capacity for (XIA) during the summer travel season.
As of now, (XIA) owns 119 Boeing airplanes, including 17 737-700s, 91 737-800s, five 787-8 Dreamliners and six 757-200s.
News Item A-5: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has committed to purchase another 4 Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Boeing (TBC), to further expand its long-range fleet, the "Xiamen Daily" reported on July 15.
(XIA) is scheduled to deploy the 787 Dreamliners on a new Xiamen - Tokyo route starting August 6 and is planning to fly nonstop flights to Australia. (XIA) is expected to operate 50 regional and international routes by the end of this year, boosting its global network.
With the entry of the global long-haul market, (XIA) wants more long-range jets. Since its first 787 Drealiner joined in August 2013, (XIA) has taken delivery of five of six 787s it has on order.
(XIA) has decided to purchase another four 787 Dreamliners, with talks to acquire +10 more 787s.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has launched another new international routes using its 787-8s. After the recent start of services to Amsterdam, (XIA) has now added Tokyo Narita (NRT) to its network with the introduction of 4x-weekly flights (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Xiamen (XMN) in south-east China. Competition on the 2,467 km service, which began on August 6, will come from All Nippon Airways (ANA)’s daily service. (XIA)’s 787-8s are configured with 4F full-flat seats in first class, 18C seats in business class and 215Y seats in economy.
News Item A-2: Xiamen Air (XIA) took delivery of this year's ninth airplane.
The new Boeing 737-800 (B-6487), expands the carrier's Boeing fleet to 122, including 17 737-700s, 94 737-800s, 5 787-8s and 6 757-200s.
September 2015: News Item A-1: Hundreds of flights to and from Taiwan have been affected due to the approach of Typhoon Dujuan on September 28.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) announced it had canceled all flights to and from Taiwan on September 28 affected by super Typhoon Dujuan, which landed in Taiwan early in the morning. The involved flights were MF881, MF882, MF883, MF884, MF887, MF888, MF879 and MF880, between Fuzhou, Xiamen, and Taiwan.
It was estimated that flight operations would continue to be disturbed in Fuzhou, Xiamen, and Quanzhou on September 29 as a result of the northwestward moving of Typhoon Dujuan to southeast China's Fujian province.
Taiwan-based China Airlines (CHI) announced it was cancelling 20 flights for September 28 and September 29.
China Southern Airlines (GUN), the largest airline in Asia by passengers carried, has planned to cancel 18 flights to and from Taiwan on September 28.
Shandong Airlines (SHG) canceled its flights to Taipei from Jinan and Yantai on September 28.
News Item A-2: Xiamen Air (XIA) took delivery of a brand new 737-800 (B-6490) on September 13, marking (XIA)'s 126th airplane.
The new Boeing jetliner became the 13th new plane introduced by (XIA) this year.
Xiamen Air (XIA), which is 51% owned by China Southern Airlines (GUN), currently operates a fleet of 126 Boeing airplanes, including 17 737-700s, 98 737-800s, six 757-200s and five 787-8 Dreamliners.
4 737-85C (39915, B-6489; 39916, B-6490; 41392, B-6490; 41396, B-6488) and 787-8 (41543, B-2763), Charleston #82 deliveries.
October 2015: China Southern Airlines (GUN)’s subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has taken delivery of its 1st of 44 all-economy 184Y-seat Boeing 737-800s, which will be used on fast-growing domestic leisure routes. (XIA) is scheduled to introduce +43 more of the type between 2015 and 2017.
“China’s air transport market used to be high-end business passenger-oriented, which now has started to change as the number of Chinese leisure travelers increase rapidly,” (XIA) said.
The newly delivered 737-800 will be used on tourism routes from Xiamen to Wuhan, Yinchuan, Sanya, Changsha, Chengdu, Hefei, Nanjing, and Hohhot with an average load factor of 92.1% LF.
Before this delivery, (XIA) has operated a single Boeing (TBC) fleet of 129 airplanes, comprising 17 737-700s, 100 737-800s, 6 787-8s and 6 757-200s.
Launched in August 1984, (XIA) has maintained a profit record for 28 years, making it 1 of the most profitable carriers in China. In the 1st half of 2015, it transported 12 million passengers, up +21.8% over the year-ago period. (XIA) also reported a net profit of +CNY7 million/+1.1 million in the same time frame.
A brand new Boeing 737-800 landed smoothly at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) and joined the fleet of Xiamen Airlines (MF), which is the 18th Boeing airplane introduced by (XIA) this year.
The 737-800 (B-6819), is the 3rd of the 44 all-economy 184Y-seat 737-800s. (XIA) is scheduled to take delivery of +4 more all-economy 184Y-seat airplanes by the end of the year.
November 2015: Jiangxi Airlines (JXI) (the new venture of Xiamen Airlines (XIA) in conjunction with the Jiangxi provincial government) is expected to launch flights in January 2016, according to General Manager, Wu Xiangyang. It secured approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in March 2015.
The new Nanchang-based carrier initially plans to operate 3 aircraft on domestic routes from Nanchang to Xi’an, Urumqi, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Xiamen. It plans to expand its fleet to 20 aircraft by 2020.
Jiangxi Airlines (JXI) has a registered capital of CNY2 billion/$325 million. (XIA) holds a 60% stake (including aircraft and the assets of Xiamen’s Nanchang Branch Company) and the Jiangxi Aviation Investment Company, representing the Jiangxi provincial government, holds a 40% stake with a CNY800 million investment.
It also plans to launch international charter services, including Xianli - Nanchang, Nanchang - Yazhuang, Nachang - Bali.
December 2015: News Item A-1: China Southern (GUN) will purchase an additional 4% stake in subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) for CNY627 million/$97.7 million to enhance the synergy between the two carriers.
(GUN) currently holds a 51% stake in (XIA), while the Xiamen Construction & Development Company holds 34% ownership and the Jizhong Energy Group holds the remaining 15%. According to a statement released by (GUN), the Jizhong Energy Group is expected to transfer its 15% stake in Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to the Xiamen Construction & Development Company, which would be followed by (GUN)’s and the Fujian Investment Company’s purchase of 4% and 11% stakes in (XIA), respectively, from the Xiamen Construction & Development Company.
After the deal is complete, (GUN) will hold 55% ownership of (XIA), while the Xiamen Construction & Development Company will hold a 34% stake and the Fujian Investment Company will hold an 11% share.
One of most profitable carriers in China, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has maintained a consecutive profit for 27 years. In 2014, it reported a net profit of +CNY752 million and posted a net income of +CNY1.13 billion for the 1st 9 months of 2015.
News Item A-2: China Southern Airlines (GUN) has committed to 30 Boeing 737NGs and 50 737 MAXs, valued at $8.4 billion at current list prices, and its Xiamen Airlines (XIA) subsidiary is to take 30 Boeing 737 MAXs.
January 2016: News Item A-1: "Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to Speed Up International Expansion Pace" by (ATW) Katie Cantle, January 14, 2016.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) plans to pick up its international expansion pace as it takes delivery of its 1st Boeing 787-9 this year.
(XIA) is expected to open 3x-weekly, Xiamen - Melbourne service in June and 4x-weekly, Xiamen - Vancouver service in July. It also plans to open daily, Fuzhou - New York service in January 2017.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) began its long-haul international expansion in 2015 when it opened routes from Xiamen to Amsterdam in July 2015; later in the year it opened Xiamen - Sydney and Fuzhou - Sydney services.
(XIA) currently operates 6 Boeing 787-8s on routes from Xiamen and Fuzhou to Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei (Taoyuan), Sydney and Amsterdam. (XIA) is expected to take delivery of 6 787-9s starting from this year.
As one of the most profitable carriers in China, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has just completed a stake transfer deal.
News Item A-2: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has further expanded its international network from its home base at Xiamen (XMN) with the addition of a new 3x-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) service to Denpasar (DPS) on the island of Bali. On January 25, (XIA) began flights on the 3,179 km sector, which is not flown by any other carrier. This becomes (XIA)’s 18th international route from Xiamen spread across 13 countries. Indonesia is not a new country market for Xiamen Airlines (XIA) as it already serves Jakarta with daily flights from Xiamen and 4x-weekly flights from Fuzhou.
News Item A-3: Jiangxi Airlines ((IATA) code: RY, (ICAO) Code: CJK) (CJK), the Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and Jiangxi provincial government joint venture (JV), launched its inaugural flight on the Nanchang - Xi’an - Urumqi route on January 29 using a 737-800.
Jiangxi Airlines (CJK) has a registered capital of CNY2 billion/$325 million. Xiamen (XIA) holds a 60% stake (including airplanes and the assets of Xiamen’s Nanchang Branch Company) and Jiangxi Aviation Investment Company, representing the Jiangxi provincial government, holds a 40% stake with a CNY800 million investment.
(CJK), the Nanchang-based carrier, which received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on January 15, operates 2 737-8JK airplanes and will take delivery of a 3rd at the end of March. It plans to expand its fleet to 5 airplanes at the end of 2016, and by 2020, plans to increase its fleet to 20 airplanes and transport 5.5 million passengers.
(CJK) is expected to open more routes from Nanchang to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou Shenzhen, Xi’an, Urumqi, Haikou, Chongqing, Guiyang, Xiamen, Chengdu, and Kunming. It also plans to add more international routes to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and Korea.
News Item A-4: Air France Industries (AFI) - (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance will provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to Xiamen Airlines (XIA)’s (GEnx) engines on 6 Boeing 787-8s that (XIA) has on order. (XIA) is the launch customer for (AFI) - (KLM) (E&M)’s maintenance service on the (GEnx) in Amsterdam.
News Item A-5: Boeing (TBC) delivered the 8,888th 737 to come off the production line to Xiamen Airlines (XIA). The new 737-85C (B-7178), featured a special livery commemorating the airplane's significance. Just as "7" is considered a lucky number for Boeing (TBC), "8" is considered to be a fortunate number in Chinese culture because it sounds similar to the word that means "prosperity" or "wealth."
Che Shanglun President & Chairman of Xiamen Airlines (XIA) welcomed the airplane by a warm ceremony at Xiamen airport. "With the special lucky number livery, the airplane also brings our best wishes of good fortune for our passengers," Mr Che said.
The lucky airplane is the 3rd new 737-800 airplane to be delivered to (XIA) in 2016, following another 2 (B-7179 and B-7177) handed over on January 25 and January 30.
With this delivery, (XIA) has now expanded its fleet size to 133 Boeing airplanes, including 17 737-700s, 106 737-800s, 4 757-200s and 6 787-8s.
February 2016: News Item A-1: "Xiamen Airlines to Commence Non-stop Melbourne Service" by chinaaviation daily.com February 17, 2016
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will commence a 2x-weekly non-stop service between Xiamen and Melbourne in late June, becoming the 30th international airline to fly into Victoria.
Melbourne is (XIA)'s 2nd destination in Australia and is (XIA)'s 3rd Australian service following, Fuzhou - Sydney and Xiamen - Sydney.
(XIA) will operate the 787 Dreamliner on the long-haul service.
"Xiamen Air (XIA)'s decision to commence a 2x-weekly non-stop service between Melbourne and Xiamen is great news for tourism," said Minister for Tourism & Major Events John Eren MP. "Our Chinese visitors will visit regional attractions such as Sovereign Hill and the Phillip Island Penguins, and keep our bars and hotels full and our small businesses busy," he added.
(XIA) has become the title sponsor and official partner of Australian Badminton Open 2016, which will be held on June 7 - 12. With the partnership, (XIA) expects to promote the event in China and bring more Chinese travelers to Australia.
News Item A-2: "INCDT: Xiamen Airlines 787 Diverted to Nanchang After Engine Failure" by China Aviation Daily, February 18, 2016.
A Xiamen Airlines (XIA) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (41543, /15 B-2763), performing flight MF8106, made an emergency landing in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province on Wednesday night February 17 after suffering engine trouble, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Flight MF8106, bound for Xiamen, took off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 7:46 pm, and the crew requested an emergency landing with Nanchang Changbei International Airport around 9:35 pm, after reporting an oil problem with the right hand engine (GEnx).
The flight crew (FC) shut the engine down and diverted for a safe landing about one hour later. No injuries were reported.
See video of Xiamen 787 Business Class service from Amsterdam to Xiamen:#t=12.07075
March 2016: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has applied for the permission to launch an international nonstop passenger services from its hub to Los Angeles, USA in mid-2016.
Pending government approval, (XIA) will fly its 787-8/-9 Dreamliner from Xiamen to Los Angeles starting this June, with 4x-weekly.
Meanwhile, (XIA) is now waiting an approval from the (CAAC) for a round-trip daily service from Fuzhou to New York in January 2017, and
for 3 round-trip North American services from Xiamen and Fuzhou to Seattle, and Vancouver.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) later announced it would operate its 1st trans-Pacific flight to Vancouver, Canada in late July, which will be the 1st nonstop flight linking the Fujian Province and North America.
Reservations are available now, according to the (XIA) official website. (XIA) originally opened reservation for the Vancouver service in late January; however that was closed within a week. Last week, (XIA) gradually re-opened reservation for planned Xiamen - Vancouver service.
Starting July 25, (XIA) will deploy the 787-8 Dreamliner on the Vancouver service, with the outbound flight departing on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Flight MF805 is scheduled to depart Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport at 9:30 pm, arriving at Vancouver at 6:40 pm; while the return flight MF806 will take off from Vancouver International Airport at 1:40 am, with landing in Xiamen at 5:30 am the next day.
At present time, all classes of service are available to book via the Global Distribution System (GDS), while limited options are currently available on (XIA)'s website.
April 2016: News Item A-1: China Southern Airlines (GUN)'s subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has placed an order for 10 Boeing 737-800s, valued at $960 million at list prices. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is China’s only all-Boeing (TBC) carrier.
Formed in 1984 as China’s 1st joint venture (JV) between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and a municipal government, (XIA) began flying passengers in 1985 with 2 737-200s serving 3 cities. Mirroring the rapid growth of China's air travel industry, Boeing (TBC) said (XIA) has expanded its fleet in service to 135 airplanes (17 737-700s, 108 737-800s, 4 757-200s and 6 787-8s).
May 2016: News Item A-1: "Xiamen Airlines is Punished over 737-800 Tail-Strike" by Lena Ge, "China Aviation Daily" May 5, 2016.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it will penalize the flight crew (FC) responsible for a Xiamen Airlines (XIA)'s tail-strike incident, as well as stop (XIA) from operating additional charter services for a period of time.
INCDT: On April 12, a Xiamen Airlines (XIA) Boeing 737-85C (35049, B-5302) performing flight MF8381 from Hangzhou, suffered a tail strike during landing at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
The aviation watchdog, the Civil Aviation Administration of China" which classified the case as a "serious incident," asked Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to improve its safety and training to effectively control operational risks and eliminate safety hazards.
Meanwhile, (XIA) has been suspended from adding new charter services and additional flights.
News Item A-2: "A Direct Path into the Heart of China’s Tech Industry" By Seattle Times Editorial Board, May 12, 2016. (Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Brier Dudley, Mark Higgins, Jonathan Martin, William K Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C Blethen (emeritus).
Xiamen Air (XIA)’s new direct flights from Sea-Tac airport, Seattle to Shenzhen, China, should bring a multitude of benefits.
The addition of another Chinese airline to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the latest sign of Washington state’s importance as a gateway to China.
Starting in September, Xiamen Air (XIA) will fly directly from Sea-Tac to Shenzhen, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities. It will be the 1st direct USA service to Shenzhen. The Shenzhen area is the epicenter of electronics manufacturing. Your phone was probably made there by some of its 11 million residents.
It’s fitting that Xiamen (XIA) will link Shenzhen directly to Washington, home to world-leading software companies, using carbon-fiber 787 Dreamliners. Ideally, the business connections highlighted by (XIA)’s Sea-Tac service will help maintain a positive dialogue between the USA and China.” Some of China’s business practices are troubling, particularly its disrespect of intellectual property. The country is also provoking the USA and its Pacific allies with aggressive territorial moves in the South China Sea.
Ideally, the business connections highlighted by Xiamen’s Sea-Tac service will help maintain a positive dialogue between the USA and China as they address these sensitive issues.
Meanwhile, commercial travelers and tourists from China are contributing to Sea-Tac’s phenomenal traffic. International travel is outpacing Sea-Tac’s domestic travel, yet both are growing at double-digit rates.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) also factors into the rivalry between Alaska Airlines (ASA) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) at Sea-Tac. (XIA) is a (DAL) partner, while (ASA) is allied with China’s Hainan Airlines (HNA), which in 2008 began offering the 1st direct service between Sea-Tac and Beijing.
Each international route to Sea-Tac like (XIA)’s Shenzhen service is estimated to generate $75 million a year in economic activity for the region.
Even more valuable is the increased connectivity between these countries and their world-leading technology centers.
June 2016: See video "XIA-2016-06 - 787 Amsterdam to Xiamen"
July 2016: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has ordered 6 Boeing 787-9s, in a deal worth $1.4 billion at list prices. The 787-9s, which are scheduled for delivery from 2016 to 2018, will be used to speed up (XIA)’s international expansion pace.
(XIA) flies an all-Boeing fleet of 149 airplanes, including six 787-8s, to >50 cities across China and >20 international destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
In July 2015, (XIA) opened its 1st intercontinental route from Xiamen to Amsterdam. This was followed by Fuzhou - Sydney and Xiamen - Sydney routes in December 2015; Xiamen - Melbourne service in June; and Xiamen - Vancouver service in July. Most of these 5 international routes are operated by 6 787-8s.
(XIA) Chairman Che Shanglun has said previously (XIA) plans to open international routes, including Xiamen - Shenzhen - Seattle, Fuzhou - New York and Xiamen - Los Angeles.
August 2016: News Item A-1: China Southern Airlines (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is speeding up the pace of its international expansion.
(XIA), the Xiamen, China-based carrier is scheduled to launch a new route from Fuzhou, China, to New York on February 15, 2017.
(XIA) expects to operate Boeing 787-9 airplanes with 30C business seats and 257Y economy seats on the new route. Xiamen Airlines (XIA) will operate the route 3x-weekly and has started to sell tickets worldwide
(XIA) is committed to exploring the USA market’s growth potential because of the explosive growth in Chinese citizens’ outbound travel in recent years. This has especially occurred as the USA government has eased visa access for Chinese citizens.
(XIA) is also scheduled to open a Xiamen – Shenzhen – Seattle route September 26, and Xiamen – Los Angeles service in 2017.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) noted earlier that all of the intercontinental routes would be operated using 787s. (XIA) operates 6 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and in July ordered 6 Boeing 787-9s. They are to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.
News Item A-2: 2 737-85C (42933, B-1557; 42934, B-1550) and 757-25CF (27513, B-2848) in China Air Cargo colors, converted to freighter.
December 2016: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) expects to achieve its 30th consecutive year of profitability in 2016, remaining China's longest consecutively profitable airline, (XIA) announced at the year-end.
(XIA) will accumulate 3.59 billion tonne kms of passenger traffic in 2016, an increase of +12% year-on-year. (XIA) expects to record an increase of +4.2% to 23.7 million passengers, a +3.2% increase to 220,000 tonnes of cargo and a +1.3% increase to 206,000 aircraft movements during the year.
Meanwhile, (XIA) has maintained a good safety record. It operated up to 456,000 million safe hours in 2016, achieving its 32st year of safe operations. Moreover, it is the only Chinese airline that has been profitable for 30 consecutive years since 1988.
During the year, it took delivery of 21 new airplanes and expanded its fleet size up to 145. As its fleet expands, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) speeded up its global expansion with launching about 3 intercontinental routes including Melbourne, Vancouver and Seattle.
Specifically, (XIA) welcomed its 1st Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into its fleet on December 8.
News Item A-2: "China Southern Accelerates Market Expansion in Australia" by Katie Cantle, December 14, 2016.
China Southern Airlines (GUN) has opened new service from Guangzhou to Adelaide, Australia, to better position itself in the fast-growing Sino-Australia market after the 2 countries reached an "Open Skies" agreement earlier this month that removed all capacity limits from the China - Australia market. This new route (a 3x-weekly Guangzhou - Adelaide Airbus A330-200 service) is (GUN)’s 6th Sino - Australia route, which include routes from Guangzhou to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, as well as Shenzhen - Sydney service.
In addition, (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) also opened 3 Sino - Australia routes, which include Fuzhou - Sydney, Xiamen - Sydney, and Xiamen - Melbourne.
China Southern (GUN) operates a total of 132 Sino - Australia weekly flights, making it the biggest carrier on Sino - Australia routes. Last year, (GUN) transported 866,000 passengers on Sino - Australia routes. >55% were transfer passengers, accounting for >30% share of Sino - Australia market. “(GUN)’s route network has connected with all the main cities of Australia [by opening this new route] and we have also maintained an absolute advantage in airport slots and flights connectivity,” China Southern (GUN) Group General Manager Tan Wangeng said. “In the future, we will continue to optimize the Sino - Australia route network and open more new destinations to better connect our Guangzhou hub with Australia and Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Our goal is to make our Guangzhou hub the best connect point between Australia and the rest of the world.”
In 2015, passenger boardings reached 2.4 million on Sino - Australia routes, up +13.5% over 2014. It is predicted this figure will reach 3 million this year. This year, 7 Chinese carriers: Air China (BEJ), China Eastern (CEA), China Southern (GUN), Xiamen Airlines (XIA), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Sichuan Airlines (SIC) and Capital Airlines (DER) have opened about 10 Sino - Australia routes.
News Item A-3: "Xiamen Airlines (XIA) to Recruit 600 Cadet Pilots in 2017" By Lena Ge, "China Aviation Daily" December 12, 2016.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) plans to enroll 600 cadet pilots (FC) in 2017 as it continues to expand its fleet size, hitting a new record in its development history. According to the cadet pilot (FC) program, cadet pilots (FC) should be male college graduates with a height from 170cm to 190cm. Applicants will be tested on physical, personality, mental and behavioral criteria to see whether they have potential as pilots (FC).
In 2016, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) recruited 267 cadet pilots (FC) from 4,100 applicants, bringing the number of total pilots (FC) to 2,760.
Founded in 1984, (XIA) has a total of 164 airplanes in service with a comprehensive network covering Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Over the past 3 decades, (XIA) has continuously shown a profit for 29 years, the longest period of reporting uninterrupted profits in Chinese civil aviation history.
January 2017: China Southern subsidiary Xiamen Air (XIA) carried 23.7 million passengers in 2016, up +4.2% over 22.8 million in 2015 as market demand—especially on international routes—experienced rapid growth.
(XIA)’s operating revenue increased +6.8% to CNY20.8 billion/$3 billion year-over-year. Profit figures were not released, although they are expected to be disclosed March 30 in China Southern (GUN)’s annual report.
(XIA) opened 3 intercontinental routes from Xiamen to Melbourne, Vancouver and Seattle. (XIA) transported 447,000 international transfer passengers in 2016, up +59.7% over 2015.
Last year, (XIA) introduced 20 Boeing 737s and 1 787-9; it also signed an order for 10 737s and 6 787-9s.
2 737-85C (42936, B-1579; 42937, B-1580) and 787-9 (63041, B-1567) (Charleston #158) deliveries.
February 2017: News Item A-1: Xiamen Air (XIA) has opened a new route from Fuzhou to New York JFK. The new 3x-weekly service uses a Boeing 787-9 and is its 2nd direct route to the USA. In September 2016, (XIA) opened 3x-weekly Xiamen - Shenzhen - Seattle services.
Over the past 2 years, (XIA) has opened 6 intercontinental routes: Xiamen - Amsterdam, Fuzhou - Sydney, Xiamen - Sydney, Xiamen - Melbourne, Xiamen - Vancouver and Xiamen - Shenzhen-Seattle. (XIA) plans to launch service from Xiamen to Los Angeles in June and more intercontinental routes to Toronto, Paris and London in the future.
More carriers are interested in opening intercontinental direct services from Chinese secondary cities, such as Xiamen, Fuzhou, Xi’an and Hangzhou as outbound travel increases and local governments subsidize the routes.
(XIA) has maintained a consecutive profit record for 30 years. In 2016, its operating revenue increased +6.8% to CNY20.8 billion ($3 billion) year-over-year and operating profit grew +23.2% to CNY2.23 billion. (XIA) carried 23.7 million passengers last year, up +4.2% from 22.8 million in 2015 as market demand (especially on international routes) experienced rapid growth.
News Item A-2: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) has obtained approval to provide a US$5.5 million loan guarantee for Hebei Airlines (NTE) to lease a Boeing 737-800 (B-6868) from the Tianlan (Tianjin) Aircraft Leasing Company.
In a statement on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Southern Airlines (GUN), parent of Xiamen (XIA), said that the guarantee will help (NTE) broaden its financing channels and cut its financial and leasing costs. As of now, (XIA) has already provided 800 million yuan in loans to Hebei Airlines (NTE).
(NTE), 99.47% owned by (XIA), now operates a fleet of 12 Boeing 737s and 6 Embraer E190s.
News Item A-3: Chinese airlines are rapidly increasing flights to the Philippines following the relaxing of visa requirements between the 2 countries in October 2016. Since then, 675,700 Chinese tourists visited the Philippines in 2016, up +37.1% over 2015. Local industry analysts predicted this figure will continue to grow quickly this year. Over the past 3 months, >10 Chinese carriers (including China Eastern (CEA), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Juneyao Airlines (JYA), Spring Airlines (CQH), Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and Capital Airlines (DER)) have applied to open nearly 40 international routes to Kalibo and Cebu in the Philippines. Tianjin Airlines (GCR) has applied to open 5 international routes to the Philippines from Tianjin, Ningbo, Xi’an, Wuhan, Nanjing and Chongqing.
7 Chinese carriers currently operate routes to the Philippines with 24,000 weekly flights. Local analysts point out many domestic airlines need to find new SE Asian markets (such as the Philippines) to make up for decreased demand in the Thailand market after the government tightened tourism restrictions following the death of Thailand’s king last year. However, analysts also expressed concern about the Philippine’s infra-structure and aviation safety that may impact the fast-growing Sino-Philippine market.
June 2017: News Item A-1: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) on June 27 launched its 3rd USA service. It now connects its home base of Xiamen (XMN) with Los Angeles (LAX). The 11,185 km route will be operated 3x-weekly using (XIA)’s 787-9s and faces no direct competition. (XIA) already links Shenzhen with Seattle-Tacoma and Fuzhou with New York (JFK). All of these USA routes are currently operated with 3x-weekly flights.
Thanks to this new route, Los Angeles now has 13 non-stop services to China flown by 9 different carriers to 10 Chinese cities. This new route means that (XIA) now ranks 8th out of 10 carriers connecting the USA and China with non-stop flights.
(XIA) has 2.4% of seat capacity, well behind the market leaders Air China (BEJ) (20.2%) and United Airlines (UAL) (20.0%). Chinese airlines currently account for just >60% of seat capacity between the 2 super powers.
News Item A-2: Xiamen Airlines (XIA) on June 21 joined a long and still-growing string of customers for the new 737 MAX 10 that Boeing (TBC) launched at the Paris Air Show.
(XIA) signed of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 10 MAX 10s, valued at $1.2 billion at list prices. The agreement needs the approvals of China Southern (GUN) and (XIA)’s boards as well as the Chinese government.
The (MOU) brings Boeing’s orders or commitments for MAX 10s, the largest of the MAX family, to around 340 announced so far during the Paris Air Show week. Of those, about 200 are conversions from MAX 8 or MAX 9 orders.
Xiamen Airlines (XIA) is an existing 737 MAX customer and plans to operate the airplane with subsidiary carriers, including Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines.
(XIA) operates an all-Boeing fleet of >160 airplanes including 9 787 Dreamliners, 149 Next-Generation 737s and 4 757s. (XIA) plans to grow its operational fleet to 280 airplanes by the end of the decade and looks to expand regionally with the 737 MAXs.
All 737 MAXs are sole-source powered by (CFM) International (LEAP-1B) engines.
News Item A-3: XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) (XIA) subsidiary Hebei Airlines (NTE) plans to expand its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2020 in an effort to enhance its position in N China.
(NTE), the Shijiazhuang-based carrier currently operates 20 airplanes; it introduced 3 Boeing 737s this year. (XIA) General Manager, Jiang Weidong said Hebei Airlines (NTE) is scheduled to take delivery of 2 airplanes by the end of this year, introduce 6 airplanes in 2018, and aims to expand its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2020 to facilitate its rapid expansion pace.
(NTE) plans to boost flight frequencies on routes to China’s major cities from Shijiazhuang and adopt a “2-core operating base” strategy in the future as it is expected to move to Beijing New Airport, which is scheduled to open in 2019. (NTE) also plans to open new route to Taipei, international routes to Osaka and Singapore, and intercontinental routes.
In 2014, XiamenAir (XIA) took over loss-making Hebei Airlines (NTE), which made a turnaround, earning a profit of +CNY10 million/+$1.54 million in 2015 and +CNY135 million in 2016, according to China Business News.
(XIA) makes airplane purchases for (NTE) (and also provides ground handling service to (NTE) on the routes operated by both carriers (Xiamen and Hebei). In addition, Hebei (NTE) also code shares with XiamenAir (XIA) and (XIA)'s parent, China Southern (GUN) on >100 domestic routes from Shijiazhuang and the neighboring cities of Beijing and Tianjin.
737-86N (35641, B-5432), last revenue flight 2017-02, returned to (ICBC) Leasing.
August 2017: XiamenAir (XIA) introduced a new cabin attendant uniform.
September 2017: China Southern (GUN) subsidiary XiamenAir (XIA) plans to grow its fleet to >200 airplanes (and expand its wide body airplanes to 18) in 2018 to keep up with international market demand. (XIA) is scheduled to open intercontinental routes to Paris and Toronto by 2020.
(XIA) currently operates 181 airplanes, which comprise:
* 145 narrow bodies, including 11 Boeing 737-700s, 130 737-800s and 4 757-200s;
* 10 wide bodies, including 6 787-8s and 4 787-9s; and 26 airplanes operated by subsidiaries Hebei (21) and Jiangxi (5) airlines.
XiamenAir (XIA) reported a 2017 1st-half net profit of +CNY766 million/+$117 million, up +6% over net income of +CNY723 million in the year-ago period. 1st-half operating revenue jumped +20.4% year-over-year (YOY) to CNY12.3 billion, while operating expenses increased +26% (YOY) to CNY10.8 billion.
Passenger boardings were up +17.7% (YOY) to 15 million with an average load factor of 80% LF, up +4.4 points over the year-ago half. Cargo traffic volume increased +12.4% to 125,000 tonnes.
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0 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (1154-23444, /85 B-2512; 1165-23446, /85 B-2515, (AFG) LSD; 1167-23447, /85 B-2516, EX-(GUN), 23444 RTND (AFG) 2000-10, 23446; 23447; RTND 2000-12, LST (ETH). 23447 W/O 2003-03. 128Y.
0 737-2T4C (JT8D-17A) (992-23066, /83 B-2505), RTND (GUI) 2000-10. 128Y.
0 737-25C (JT8D-17A) (1585-24236, /88 B-2524). RTRD. 128Y.
0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3B2) (2418-26284, /93 B-2661; 2466-24988, /93 B-2902; 2480-26288, /93 B-2904; 2519-26292, /93 B-2656), EX-(XIN), (ILF) 5 YR LSD, (GUN) MAINT. 26824; RTND (TBC) AS (N379BC) 2007-09. 140Y.
3 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (2353-25792, /92 B-2591, (LBR) LSD; 2449-27155, /93 B-2593, (AFJ) LSD; 2516-27153, /93 B-2592, (AFJ) LSD, EX-(BRT); 2578-26297, /94 B-2529, (TIA) LSD 1994-03; 2805-26336, /96 B-2973, (ILF) LSD; 2822-26338, /96 B-2975, (ILF) LSD. 132Y.
10 ORDERS 737-600 (CFM56-7B):
1 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B20) (1304-30656, /03 B-5038), (ILF) LSD. 8F, 120Y.
11 737-75C (CFM56-7B20) (73-29042, /98 B-2998; 86-29084, /98 B-2999; 90-29085, /98 B-2991; 108-29086, /98 B-2992; 637-30512, /00 B-2658; 676-30513, /00 B-2659; 1703-34024, B-5212, 2005-05; 1724-34025, B-5215, 2005-06; 1733-34026, B-5216, 2005-06; 1767-34027, B-5218, 2005-08; 1771-34028, B-5219, 2005-08). (CHINA'S LAUNCH CUSTOMER). 8C, 120Y.
3 737-75C (CFM56-7B20) (1229-30634, /02 B-5029; 1275-30034, /03 B-5028; 1315-28258, /03 B-5039), (ILF) LSD. 8C, 120Y.
2 +32/10 ORDERS 737-700/737-800 (CFM56-7B):
10 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B):
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (B-6819, 2015-10), WITH WINGLETS, 184Y.
2 737-8FH (CFM56-7B) (2471-35102, B-5319; 2495-35104, B-5355), 2008-01.
52 737-85C (CFM56-7B) (2018-35044, B-5159, 2006-08; 2050-35045, B-5160, 2006-09; 2105-35046, B-5161, 2006-11; 2130-35047, B-5162, 2006-12; 2194-35048, B-5301, 2007-02; 2271-35049, B-5302, 2007-05; 2305-35050, B-5303, 2007-06; 2364-35051, B-5305, 2007-08; 2418-35052, B-5306, 2007-10; 2447-35053, B-5307, 2007-11; 2914-35054, B-5456, 2009-05; 3016-35055, B-5458, 2009-09; 3091-35056, B-5476, 2009-11; 3104-37148, B-5488, 2009-12; 37150, B-5529, 2010-09; 37151, B-5532, 2010-09; 37152, B-5533, 2010-09; 3190-37575, B-5499, 2010-02; 3245-37576, B-5511, 2010-04; 3255-37577, B-5512, 2010-04; 38380, B-5750, 2013-06; 38382, B-5788, 2013-06; 38386, B-5630, 2012-01; 3929-38387, B-5631, 2012-01; 38391, B-5653, 2012-07; 38392, B-5655, 2012-07; B-5688 - - SEE PHOTO - - "XIA-2013-12 - 77TH 737-800;" 38401, B-5789, 2013-07; 38402, B-5790, 2013-07; 39901, B-1915, 2014-06; 39909, B-1749, 2015-01; 39910, B-1966, 2015-03; 39915, B-6489, 2015-09; 39916, B-6490, 2015-09; 41392, B-6490, 2015-09; 41396, B-6488, 2015-09; 41793, B-5847, 2013-12; 42933, B-1557, 2016-08; 42934, B-1550, 2016-08; 42936, B-1579, 2017-01; 42937, B-1580, 2017-01). WITH WINGLETS.
1 737-85C (CFM56-7B) (39930, B-5791), (SMBC) AVIATION CAPITAL LSD 2013-08.
1 737-85C (CFM56-7B) (41790, B-5792), (ILFC) LSD 2013-08.
19 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (1851-34252, B-5133, 2006-01; 1866-34253, B-5146, 2006-02; 1975-34255, B-5151, 2006-06; 1990-34256, B-5152, 2006-07; 2228-32687, B-5308, 2007-04; 2254-32689, B-5309, 2007-05; 2693-36631, B-5383, 2008-08; 2732-35634, B-5386, 2008-12; 2741-35633, B-5385, 2008-12; 2764-35635, B-5388, 2008-12; 2775-35636, B-5389, 2009-01; 2852-36540, B-5382, 2009-03; 2855-35642, B-5433, 2009-04; 2922-35644, B-5435, 2009-06; 3550-38012, B-5563, 38015, B-5565), (GEF) LSD. 35641 RETURNED TO (ICBC) LEASING 2016-05.
30 ORDERS 737 MAX:
4 757-25C (RB211-535E4) (475-25898, /92 B-2819; 565-25899, /93 B-2828; 574-25900, /93 B-2829; 685-27513, /95 B-2848; 698-27517, /96 B-2849; 993-32941, /01 B-2868; 1009-32942, /02 B-2869). (ETOPS) EQ'PD. SOLD 1. 8F, 192Y.
30 ORDERS 737 MAX (LEAP-1B):
4 757-200 (RB211-535E4), 8F, 192Y.
2 757-25C (RB211-535E4) (1047-34008, B-2862 2004-08; 1048-34009, B-2866 2004-09). 8F, 192Y.
1 757-25CF (RB211-535E4) (27513, B-2848) IN CHINA AIR CARGO COLORS, CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER. FREIGHTER.
0 ORDERS 787-8 DREAMLINER, 3 CLASS, 223 PAX. 3 ORDERS CANCELLED & SWAPPED FOR 6 737-800'S.
7 +3 ORDERS 787-8 DREAMLINER (41536, /14 B-2768; 41539 /14 B-2769; 41540, /15 B-2760; 41542, /15 B-2762; 41543, /15 B-2763), 4F (FULL-FLAT SEATS), 18C, 215Y.
1 +5 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER, (63041, B-1567 (CHARLESTON #158) 1ST DELIVERY 2016-12). 30C, 257Y.
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YANG GUANGHUA, PRESIDENT.
ZHANG QUNZHI, PARTY SECRETARY & DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER.
HUOZAO HUANG, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
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TANG JIANQI, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
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CAPTAIN HAN HUA FEN, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
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QIN XUE FU, CHIEF ECONOMIST - CORPORATE.
YU KAI ZHI, PRESIDENT FUZHOU BRANCH (1997-04).
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