Xiamen Airlines is the fourth largest Chinese airline based in Xiamen and home base on the Xiamen airport. It is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines and a member of the airline alliance SkyTeam.
Xiamen Airlines was founded in 1984 as a joint venture of the Ministry of Civil Aviation ( CAAC ) and the provincial government of Fujian. Flight operations began in January 1985 with three provided by the CAAC to disposal Boeing 737-200. The Company subsequently two Boeing 737-300 and 757-200 three ordered on the State Procurement Company.
In 1991, China Southern Airlines, the shares in the amount of 60 percent of the CAAC and uses Xiamen Airlines since then also used as feed for their route network. For this, the fleet was expanded and also set up bases next to Xiamen, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Wuyishan, Guangzhou and Nanchang in the following years.
In November 2011 it was announced that Xiamen Airlines will join the end of 2012 the airline alliance SkyTeam. Here Xiamen Airlines was supported by its parent company China Southern.
Xiamen Airlines plans in the future transcontinental connections to Sydney, offering New York and London.
The network of Xiamen Airlines mainly covers the southeastern China, but also targets all over China and also with Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore and Malaysia, it will be flown other major Asian destinations.
As of March 2014, the fleet of 99 aircraft of Xiamen Airlines is with an average age of 5.0 years:
- 05 Boeing 737-800
- 06 Boeing 787-8 (factory prospectively from July 25, 2014 )
- Comac ARJ21 06
Xiamen Airlines recorded since its inception eleven incidents, including one with fatalities:
- On 2 October 1990, Flight 8301, en route from Xiamen to Guangzhou, kidnapped shortly after the start. As the pilot wanted the studded with nine crew members and 93 passengers Boeing 737-200 landing because of fuel shortages in Guangzhou, it came in the landing phase of a scuffle with the kidnappers, after which the machine touched down hard and then ran off the runway. First, the aircraft touched a parked and unoccupied Boeing 707 China Southwest Airlines, then it collided with a waiting for permission to take off Boeing 757-200 China Southern Airlines, overturned it and broke into several parts. 82 of a total of 102 people died on board the Xiamen Airlines 737, and 46 of the 122 inmates of the China Southern 757 during this tragedy.