2 September 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Xiamen Airlines have marked the delivery of the airline´s first 787 Dreamliner.
With delivery of its first 787-8, Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787. The airline said it 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 and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two 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.
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.