21 NOVEMBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 21 NOVEMBER 2011

Xiamen Airlines to join SkyTeam

SkyTeam has formally accepted the joining of Xiamen Airlines into the alliance. China’s fifth largest airline, Xiamen Airlines has began the joining process leading to full entry into SkyTeam by the end of 2012, further strengthening the alliance in the flourishing southeast China region.

Based in Xiamen, a coastal city in East China's Fujian province, Xiamen Airlines operates a network of domestic and regional services throughout China and Asia, predominantly from the hub airports of Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou. Fujian is one of the more prosperous provinces in China with diverse industries such as clothing, tea production and electronics. Tourism has seen very strong growth and is one of the highlights in the region’s economy.

While currently over 90% of the network is domestic, Xiamen Airlines’ goal is to boost its international traffic by expanding the network to serve major long-haul destinations in Australia, Europe and North America, starting in 2014.

The integration of Xiamen Airlines into SkyTeam will be fully supported by major shareholder China Southern, the first Chinese airline that joined SkyTeam in 2007. China Airlines and China Eastern are also members.
www.xiamenair.com.cn (currently Chinese only)

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