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Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines now form a single joint venture

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have today announced in Amsterdam the merger of their existing joint venture agreements. The aim is to create even stronger links between the partners and offer customers smoother, seamless travel solutions.

By connecting the four airlines’ networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinationsconnecting Europe (Paris and Amsterdam) to China (Beijing*, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen). Transfer and connection times are also optimized.

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Air France-KLM customers can also earn Flying Blue Miles on all flights operated within this joint venture formed by the four airlines.

This extended joint venture marks an important step for Air France-KLM. Moreover, it contributes tostrengthening the two airlines’ position on the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow. Everyyear, the four airlines – Air France, KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines – carry some 1,250,000 passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes.

Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, stated: “In 2016 we celebrated 10 years joint venture between KLM and China Southern, today we merge the existing two joint ventures into one. I’m proud of this joint venture because it serves to further intensify Air France-KLM’s interests in China. Joining forces offers ourcustomers an extensive, seamless network within China and Europe.”

Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Air France-KLM added: “We are proud to pursue our cooperation with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines by combining the existing joint-ventures. Our single joint venture will at the same time preserve the benefits our customers enjoy and safeguard Air France-KLM’s position in China.”

Beyond the joint venture, the airlines closely cooperate in other areas, notably in airport handling, catering and aircraft maintenance services. For example, Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance carries outengine maintenance for Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787 fleet. More closely-integrated partnerships are also being discussed in other areas, such as aircraft maintenance, or cargo operations.

A global joint venture between Europe and China

Since 2006, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines have been operating a joint venture on the Amsterdam-Beijing service.

In 2015, Xiamen Airlines joined this joint venture on the Amsterdam-Xiamen route. In 2010, France formed a partnership with China Southern Airlines to also create a joint venture on the Paris-Guangzhou route. These agreements are currently combined to form a single joint venture between Europe and China.

Below: Xiamen Air is now the last passenger operator of the Boeing 757-200 in China. The 757s will soon be retired.

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Xiamen Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, expanding the fleet to 200 airplanes

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On May 22, 2018, Xiamen Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (B-1288, msn 42956) aircraft in Seattle, expanding the fleet to 200 aircraft, and, by doing so, formally entering the pantheon of the world’s largest airlines.

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

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

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

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China Southern places $3.6 billion Boeing 737 MAX order for Xiamen Airlines subsidiary

From Reuters:

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd said on March 21 it had placed an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX narrowbodies for its Xiamen Airlines subsidiary in a deal the plane maker said was worth more than $3.6 billion at list prices.

The order, including 20 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 10s for delivery between 2019 and 2022 will be used to increase efficiency and capacity, China Southern said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Xiamen Airlines in July had signed a provisional deal during the 2017 Paris Airshow to join the group of launch customers for the 737 MAX 10, the largest version of the Boeing narrowbody family.

Boeing said the firm order for 30 jets for Xiamen Airlines had been booked in 2017 and attributed to an unidentified customer at the time. The U.S. plane maker last year received 912 net orders after cancellations, while rival Airbus SE received 1,109.

Xiamen Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 160 jets and the new airplanes will be used with subsidiaries including Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines, Boeing said in a statement.

In other news, Xiamen Airline’s new 787-9 carries the United Nations’ goals for sustainable development on its wings as it carries passengers around the world.

The Dreamliner delivered in January 2018 at North Charleston, S.C., is painted in a special blue livery that represents the sustainable development goals adopted by the U.N. in September 2015.

Xiamen, China’s largest all-Boeing fleet carrier, signed an agreement with the U.N. in February 2017, becoming the first airline to work with the international body on the sustainability theme. The agreement is an innovative attempt to leverage both parties to generate more awareness throughout the world, said Zhao Dong, president of Xiamen Airlines.

The new 787-9 is also the first fully painted special livery for Xiamen.

Based on in-service data, Boeing says the 787 family is delivering unmatched fuel efficiency to customers, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and having 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. The 787 family also has saved over 21 billion pounds of fuel since entering service in 2011 based on projected savings versus replacement airplanes.

The airplane itself also strongly testifies to many sustainable goals worldwide, such as sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production and climate action, said Brad Zaback, vice president and general manager of the 787 Program.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the “Transforming our world: The 2030 agenda for sustainable development” goals in 2015. They contain 17 goals with targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

Xiamen Airlines signs MOU for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10s

Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen Air) and Boeing have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 2017 Paris Air Show for 10 737 MAX 10 airplanes, valued at $1.2 billion at list prices.

Xiamen Airlines will become one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10, the newest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family.

Xiamen Airlines will work closely with Boeing and relevant stakeholders to finalize the agreement for 10 737 MAX 10 Airplanes, which requires the approval of Xiamen Airlines’ board of directors, the China Southern Airlines Company Limited’s board of directors, as well as the Chinese Government.

Xiamen Airlines is an existing 737 MAX customer and plans to use the new airplanes with their subsidiaries, including Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines.

Image: Boeing.

Xiamen Air launches two new routes to Sydney, is also coming to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016

Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) PAE (Steve Bailey). Image: 926637.

Xiamen Air (Xiamen Airlines) (Xiamen, Fujian Province, China) launched the first ever intercontinental route between Fuzhou and a destination outside of Asia with the opening of a regularly scheduled nonstop flight between Fuzhou and Sydney on November 29, 2015. The airline will also initiate nonstop service between Xiamen and Sydney starting on December 5.

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Xiamen Air launched nonstop service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in July 2015, marking the opening of the airline’s first intercontinental route. The new services to Sydney, operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft, will help Xiamen Airlines expand its network. The new Xiamen route reduces travel time between the city and Australia to nine hours.

Xiamen Air plans to continue expanding its overseas network while its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft will service international routes. The airline plans to add the more advanced Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the fleet in a move to further expand its global network.

The Chinese airline plans to launch nonstop service to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016.

Top Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) arrives at Paine Field.

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Xiamen Airlines to start Boeing 787 service to Amsterdam

Xiamen Air (Xiamen) plans to launch its first European route to Amsterdam from Xiamen starting on July 26. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) approaches the runway at Paine Field near Everett before the handover.

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Xiamen Air takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen Air) (Xiamen) yesterday (August 29) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

With the delivery of its first 787-8, Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787. The airline will use the 787 on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.

Formed in 1984 as China’s first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier has grown into China’s sixth largest airline serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international and regional routes.

As part of Xiamen Airlines’ 12th five-year plan ending 2015, the carrier plans to grow its fleet to 150 airplanes, including six 787s. The 787 is the most advanced airplane in commercial aviation and will help Xiamen Airlines develop more point-to-point routes globally, while also establishing the airline as an emerging force in the commercial aviation market.

To support Xiamen Airlines’ 787, Boeing will provide a comprehensive suite of support and services that includes flight training, Airplane Health Management, electronic charts and navigation data, and Maintenance Performance Toolbox through its Commercial Aviation Services business.

Xiamen Airlines is China’s only all-Boeing carrier. In November 2013, the airline took delivery of its 100th Boeing airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800. Xiamen Airlines has a total of six 787s on order.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 B-2768 (msn 41538) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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