26 NOVEMBER 2012
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China’s Xiamen Airlines has been welcomed as the 19th member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. It is also the fourth member from Greater China. (see BTN 18 June)
China’s sixth largest carrier, Xiamen Airlines is also one of the world’s most profitable, having posted positive financial results for 26 consecutive years. The airline flies more than 15m passengers annually to more than 50 cities including Macau, Hong Kong and Taipei. Founded in 1984, it is headquartered in the coastal city of Xiamen from which it derives its name. This area of China boasts a thriving and diverse industrial economy as well as a growing tourism market.
Xiamen Airlines’ fast expanding international network includes Southeast and Northeast Asia. The airline plans to launch flights to Europe, North America and Australasia by 2014 after the introduction of the Boeing 787.
“By joining SkyTeam, Xiamen Airlines opens up the world to its passengers. And today we also strengthen SkyTeam’s footprint in China”, said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s Managing Director. “Greater China remains a priority region for our alliance. Xiamen Airlines will join our members China Southern, China Eastern and China Airlines in developing customer-focused initiatives for the region”. www.xiamenair.com/cn/en
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