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Article from BTNews 2 MAY 2016

Xiamen boosts Boeing fleet

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines, China's only all-Boeing carrier, have finalised an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $960m at list prices.

"The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are pleased to see the 737-800 continues to play an important role in Xiamen Airlines' fleet expansion." 

Formed in 1984 as China's first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the local municipal government, Xiamen Airlines began flying passengers in 1985 with two 737-200s serving three cities.

Mirroring the rapid growth of China's air travel industry, the carrier has now expanded its fleet in service to 135 aircraft, including 108 737-800s and six 787-8 Dreamliners. Also in the line-up are 17 of the Dash-700 model 737 and four 757-200s.

The news of Xiamen’s order comes a month after Boeing and Ryanair marked a milestone with the delivery of the Irish airline's 400th Next-Generation 737-800. Ryanair operates the world’s largest fleet of the model.

Welcomed by Ryanair COO Michael Hickey, the latest arrival includes the new Boeing Sky interior and slimline seats.  www.boeing.co.uk   www.xiamenair.com    www.ryanair.com

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