Xiamen Airlines launched its Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service on Sept. 26, creating both the first long-haul route from Xiamen to the United States and the first direct service to the States from the Chinese city of Shenzhen. We were there to welcome the inaugural flight.
The service will be handled by a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with three flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Service from Fuzhou-New York and Xiamen-LAX is also slated to begin soon. Xiamen has developed a code-sharing partnership with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines for connecting domestic flights.
The Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is the sixth long-haul, and the first American route, that Xiamen Airlines has launched. The existing services including Xiamen-Amsterdam, Fuzhou-Sydney, Xiamen-Sydney, Xiamen-Melbourne, and Xiamen-Vancouver. The newly-opened Seattle service is Xiamen Airlines’ first long-haul route with a stop at a city outside of the Fujian province.
The launch of the route marks the first time the Xiamen Airlines fleet has had a chance to visit the home of the plane’s birthplace in the Pacific Northwest (yes, most of the fleet was built in Charleston). As a loyal client of Boeing Co., Xiamen Airlines operates the largest all-Boeing aircraft fleet in China.