At 8:50 on January 29, a B737-800 airplane painted with a dancing crane and green flowers took off successfully from the Nanchang Changbei International Airport, marking the successful initial passenger flight for Jiangxi Air Co. Ltd. As the second branch of Xiamen Airlines, Jiangxi Air operates independently according to CCAR-121 regulations, Jiangxi Air is a local airline company based in Jiangxi Province.
On April 25 and 27, Xiamen Airlines successively issued two rounds of super short-term commercial paper in China, offerings which were very popular in the capital market, having raised a total of 3.3 billion RMB. This was the Company’s first appearance in the domestic capital market for more than 30 years. The coupon value of Xiamen Airlines’ paper is 30% lower than the benchmark interest rate for bank loans. These two issues cost Xiamen Airlines just 139.9 million RMB.
On September 26, Xiamen Airlines officially launched the Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle Route, constructing an air bridge between two special economic zones and an economic center on the west coast of North America.
On November 18, the ceremony for the 95557 (Changsha Branch) service center hot line was held in Changsha. The new Changsha Branch and the Xiamen Center back each other up. Under regular circumstances, the two offices operate independently. But in case of any disruption to the line caused by natural disaster or infrastructure malfunction, calls from passengers can be automatically switched to the other office within 15 minutes, guaranteeing the utmost efficiency of the 95557 channel and reliable 24/7 service.
On December 1, the Xiamen Airport Terminal 3 transfer lounge officially opened for passengers, to provide convenient transit accommodations. Eligible passengers who arrive in Xiamen can go to the transit service counter on the first floor of Terminal 3 on the day of their scheduled flight to get a verification code, which serves as admission to the transit lounge, where passengers can enjoy a comfortable transit environment that helps to reduce their travel fatigue and refresh them for the next part of their journey.
On April 15th, 2015, Xiamen Airlines was awarded "Fast Travel Green Award" by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in recognition of the Company's achievements in the "Simplifying the Business" program.
Xiamen Airlines was awarded a Three-Star Flight Safety Award by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), making it the fifth company that has won this award in China's civil aviation industry.
On July 26th, 2015, Xiamen Airlines began offering scheduled flights between Xiamen and Amsterdam.
On September 23, 2015, during his visit to a Boeing factory in Seattle, Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded a Boeing 787 aircraft reserved for delivery to Xiamen Airlines.
On November 16-18th, 2015, Xiamen Airlines was successfully nominated as a candidate company for the China Quality Award.
On December 14th, 2015, Jiangxi Air, one of Xiamen Airlines' subsidiaries, celebrated the arrival of its first aircraft and the unveiling of its corporate logo, a dancing crane on a field of blue and white.
On December 28th, 2015, Xiamen Airlines completed a stock sale and Fujian Investment Group became a new shareholder.
In February, Xiamen Airlines’ Beijing and Hunan Branches were approved, marking a significant step towards becoming a large, national airline.
On March 25, 2014, Xiamen Airlines signed a Cooperation (Framework) Agreement on Joint Deployment of Aviation Development Strategy for Qinghai Province with the Qinghai Provincial Government to further deploy its “Penetrate into central and western regions” strategy.
On July 16th and 17th, 2014, Che Shanglun, Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Xiamen Airlines, signed a Share Transfer Agreement with Hebei Aviation Investment Group Ltd. to continue to implement the restructuring of Hebei Airlines.
On August 13, 2014, Xiamen Airlines and the Jiangxi Provincial People’s Government jointly signed a Memorandum of Cooperation regarding the establishment of Jiangxi Airlines Co., Ltd. which will be a joint investment by Xiamen Airlines and Jiangxi Aviation Investment, Ltd. On August 31, 2014, Xiamen Airlines officially rolled out its first wide-body passenger aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, unveiling a new era characterized by concurrent operation of three aircraft types; B737, B757 and B787. On the same day, Xiamen Airlines released its sixth-generation cabin crew uniforms to herald its new journey to globalization.
At the end of September 2014, Che Shanglun, Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Xiamen Airlines, and other executives visited Australia to negotiate with airport authorities in Sydney and Melbourne in preparation for the launch of Xiamen Airlines’ Australian B787 routes.
In November 2014, Air China held a leading place in Airfinance’s top 50 airlines by financial ratings with a BBB+ rating, which is the same rating as that of U.S.-based Southwest Airlines and much higher than the ratings for other Chinese airlines.
On December 6, 2014, GE granted Xiamen Airlines an award for record-breaking on-board circulation before first repair of the CFM56-7B fleet in Greater China to recognize Xiamen Airlines’ outstanding performance in engine maintenance. On December 24, 2014, Xiamen Airlines achieved annual passenger traffic volume of 20 million passengers, doubling its traffic volume in only five years between 2009 and 2014.
On January 3, Xiamen Airlines signed a strategic cooperation agreement with four SkyTeam members in the Greater China region including Southeast Airlines, Eastern Airlines and China Airlines with the aim of establishing the Greater China Connection brand. These SkyTeam members in the Greater China region will share resources to facilitate passengers’ travel across the Taiwan Straits.
On January 9, Xiamen Airlines announced its fare rates for SkyTeam alliance ticket packages through ATPCO. This demonstrates Xiamen Airlines’ commitment to fully tap into SkyTeam’s sales system.
On February 19, CAAC reported on-time arrival performance rates for 2012. With an on-time arrival rate of 78.57%, Xiamen Airlines held first place in the sector with a 3.74 percent higher on-time arrival rate than the average rate for all domestic airlines. So far, Xiamen Airlines had become the few domestic airlines that held first place in terms of on-time arrival performance for the second consecutive year.
On March 4, Xiamen Airlines received the “Outstanding Contribution Award” issued by Honeywell for the special contribution Xiamen Airlines’ Aircraft Maintenance Department has made to prevent in-flight engine shutdowns.
On July 22, B-5790, the ninth aircraft introduced by Xiamen Airlines in 2013, arrived in Xiamen, growing the fleet to 95 aircraft. B-5790 is the first aircraft acquired by Xiamen Airlines through a bonded financing and leasing structure.
On August 27, Che Shanglun, general manager of Xiamen Airlines, visited Narita International Airport Corporation for the purpose of launching the Tokyo route.
In November, Che Shanglun, general manager of Xiamen Airlines, attended the delivery ceremony for Xiamen Airlines’ 100th aircraft in Seattle and visited Los Angeles and Vancouver. He met with local airport authorities and discussed the possibility of cooperation, making preparations for launching non-stop North American routes for the B-787.
On April 1, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) officially awarded Xiamen Airlines “the Two-Star Award for Flight/Air Safety"(As of February 2012, Xiamen Airlines has accumulated 2 million continuous safe flight hours), Xiamen Airlines’ safety record once again attracted peoples’ attention.
On April 21, Xiamen Airlines’ service was awarded national standard five-star certification, making Xiamen Airlines the only civil airline in China to earn this certification.
On July 25, Xiamen Airlines held a "New Logo Launch Ceremony" and its 28th anniversary celebration, officially releasing the new brand logo, the “Flying Egret”, and new aircraft livery themed “Bright Future”, opening a new chapter for Xiamen Airlines’ rapid development.
On November 21, Xiamen Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam and became its 19th member, marking the successful integration of Xiamen Airlines and the international aviation market.
Xiamen Airlines won the 2011 Asian ANNIE Prize category “Airline with the most new routes”, announced by anna.aero (Airline Network News & Analysis), for the fastest growing Asian route network in 2010.
Xiamen Airlines signed a purchase agreement with Boeing for six Boeing 787 aircraft for further international expansion. These aircraft will be delivered in 2014-15.
Xiamen Airlines officially acquired the CCAR-121-R4 operations specifications. It is the first airline in China to acquire such specification, symbolizing that Xiamen Airlines’ operational safety management level has been further improved.
Xiamen Airlines received its first B737-700 High-Hot aircraft for very high elevation operations. It is also Xiamen Airlines’ first aircraft with Boeing Sky Interior. Xiamen Airlines is the launch customer for the B737-700 in the High-Hot configuration.
Xiamen Airlines was recognized as one of the "Top Ten Brands in China in terms of Customer Satisfaction”, becoming the first airline in China to receive such an award.
Xiamen Airlines signed an Adherence Agreement with the SkyTeam Alliance in Rome, Italy. It is expected to formally join the alliance by the end of 2012.
Xiamen Airlines formally opened its Taiwan Branch for developing and expanding future business operations in Taiwan.
Xiamen Airlines was the first airline in China civil aviation industry to pass the Safety Management System (SMS) audit.
Received the 13th new 737-800 airplane of this year. As of this date, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet had a total of 68 airplanes.
Hebei Aviation Investment Group Co., Ltd. joined as a shareholder of Xiamen Airlines. Their cash investment of RMB 1.46 billion Yuan constitutes 15% of the total shares.
Xiamen Airlines obtained the CCAR-147 Maintenance Training Organization Certificate, which signifies that Xiamen Airlines has been authorized by CAAC to operate an in-house aircraft maintenance training school.
Xiamen Airlines reorganized its top management team. Mr. Che Shanglun assumed the position of President for Xiamen Airlines.
Total assets of Xiamen Airlines exceeded RMB 10 billion Yuan.
Xiamen Airlines opened an overnight operations base in Changsha.
Xiamen Airlines’ annual passenger volume exceeded 10 million for the first time.
Received the 9th new 737-800 airplane of this year. As of this date, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet had a total of 57 airplanes.
Xiamen Airlines nationwide customer service hotline 95557 is officially in operation.
Xiamen Airlines opened its Tianjin Branch and inaugurated the new Tianjin – Xiamen – Singapore international route.
Xiamen Airlines opened a business office in Taiwan and it is the first mainland carrier to have an office in Taiwan.
Boeing’s 6,000th airplane, a B737-800 airplane, was delivered to Xiamen Airlines, and the registration number is B-5305.
The Catering Department of Xiamen Airlines received the ISO22000 certificate and a Food Safety Class A Credit certificate, issued by British Standards Institution (BSI).
Xiamen Airlines opened its Hangzhou Branch.
The first direct flight from Xiamen to Singapore is inaugurated. This is an important step for Xiamen Airlines to achieve its corporate strategy for “making Fujian Province a convenient corridor between Southeast Asia and mainland China.”
Xiamen Airlines opened its Nanchang Branch.
Xiamen Airlines obtained the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) Operator’s Certificate, making it the 17th IOSA registered airline in the world.
Xiamen Airlines accomplished the VPN (Virtual Private Network) domestic sales network transformation. The airline is the first in China having built its own sales network successfully with VPN technology.
With CAAC approval, Xiamen Airlines’ business scope has expanded to include scheduled domestic air transport for passengers and cargo; business agent for other airlines; international passenger and cargo services from Fujian, or other designated areas approved by CAAC to the neighboring countries or regions.
Xiamen Airlines obtained the ISO9002 Quality System certification, which includes the areas of air transport, support services, airplane maintenance and air catering.
Xiamen Airlines inaugurated its first scheduled international flight from Xiamen to Bangkok.
Xiamen Airlines announced the establishment of Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou Branch to replace the current subsidiary Fujian Airlines, and the removal of the registration of Fujian Airlines effective on January 1st, 2001. The purpose of this change is to improve the Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou Branch business operations and legal activities. Xiamen Airlines will assume all the liabilities and responsibilities for the former Fujian Airlines’ credits, debts, contracts and other legal rights.
Xiamen Airlines is the first airline in China to be issued the CAAC “Air Carrier Certificate” after the CCAR-121FS (China Civil Aviation Regulations) was implemented.
Xiamen Airlines has been admitted as an active member of FSF (Flight Safety Foundation).
Xiamen Airlines became an IATA (International Air Transport Association) active member.
Mr. Mark King, Vice President of Rolls-Royce presented a plaque to honor Xiamen Airlines for operating RR engines safely with three RB211-535E4 engines achieving world records of highest flight cycles.
Three new office buildings were completed and officially put into service.
Xiamen Airlines Operation Manual, comprising 49 volumes with more than 7.5 million words, went into effect.
Xiamen Airlines’ hangars, airplane maintenance building and spare parts building were completed and put into trial service.
Xiamen Airlines was approved by CAAC to begin to operate international air services for passengers and cargo departing from Fujian Province to neighboring countries or regions.
With the approval of Fujian Provincial Government, Xiamen Airlines restructured and merged with Fujian Airlines. Fujian Airlines became a subsidiary of Xiamen Airlines.
The third leased B737-200 airplane arrived in Xiamen and the fleet of 3 was formed.
The second B737-200 airplane was transferred from Guangzhou to Xiamen. From this year, Xiamen Airlines began to make profit.
The first B737-200 airplane was transferred from Guangzhou to Xiamen. Xiamen became the main base for Xiamen airlines, with the flight operations managed by the airline itself.
Xiamen Airlines officially started air transport operation by leasing airplane and crew.
The first B737-200 leasing airplane arrived in Guangzhou, and was operated by CAAC Guangzhou Administration on behalf of Xiamen Airlines.
Xiamen Airlines recruited its first group of flight crew and ground service personnel.
CAAC and Fujian Provincial Government approved the establishment of Xiamen Airlines Co., Ltd. The initial three shareholders are CAAC Shanghai Administration, Fujian Investment & Enterprise Co. and Xiamen Special Economic Zone Construction & Development Co. with shares of 50%, 25% and 25% respectively.
The 1st Session of the 1st Board Meeting for Xiamen Airlines was held in Beijing. Thus Xiamen Airlines was officially established.