Xiamen Airlines’ inaugural flight to Seattle takes off on Monday 26 September 2016, marking two milestones in the development of air connectivity between China and the US.
Not only will the service mark Xiamen Airlines’ first ever flight to the US, it will also become the inaugural flight operating direct to the US from Shenzhen. And the fast-expanding Chinese airline revealed plans to continue expanding its US network in future.
“The launch of the Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is an important reflection of the results of the meeting between Chinese and American leaders in 2015. On the heels of these events, a Fuzhou-New York and a Xiamen-LA service will also be initiated, making air travel, and, by consequence, exchanges between the two countries much easier,” said Xiamen Airlines’ chairman & general manager, Che Shanglun.
Xiamen Airlines will operate three weekly flights on the new Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle route, using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Outbound flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This becomes the airline’s sixth long-haul route, following existing services from Xiamen to Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver, and from Fuzhou to Sydney.
The Chinese carrier has also signed a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines that enables passengers to connect from Seattle to 61 destinations across the US, Canada and Mexico.