Annual Events

2014

February

In February, Xiamen Airlines’ Beijing and Hunan Branches were approved, marking a significant step towards becoming a large, national airline.

March

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.

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

November

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.

December

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.


2013

January

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.

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

August

On August 27, Che Shanglun, general manager of Xiamen Airlines, visited Narita International Airport Corporation for the purpose of launching the Tokyo route.

November

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.


2012

April

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.

July

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.

November

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.


2011

February 1

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.

May 9

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.

July 18

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.

July 23

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.

September 17

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.

November 17

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.


2010

January 6

Xiamen Airlines formally opened its Taiwan Branch for developing and expanding future business operations in Taiwan.

March 23

Xiamen Airlines was the first airline in China civil aviation industry to pass the Safety Management System (SMS) audit.

October 30

Received the 13th new 737-800 airplane of this year. As of this date, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet had a total of 68 airplanes.

December 20

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.


2009

January 22

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.

April 17

Xiamen Airlines reorganized its top management team. Mr. Che Shanglun assumed the position of President for Xiamen Airlines.

June 30

Total assets of Xiamen Airlines exceeded RMB 10 billion Yuan.

July 19

Xiamen Airlines opened an overnight operations base in Changsha.

December 3

Xiamen Airlines’ annual passenger volume exceeded 10 million for the first time.

December 19

Received the 9th new 737-800 airplane of this year. As of this date, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet had a total of 57 airplanes.


2008

January 16

Xiamen Airlines nationwide customer service hotline 95557 is officially in operation.

February 2

Xiamen Airlines opened its Tianjin Branch and inaugurated the new Tianjin – Xiamen – Singapore international route.

December 16

Xiamen Airlines opened a business office in Taiwan and it is the first mainland carrier to have an office in Taiwan.


2007

September 3

Boeing’s 6,000th airplane, a B737-800 airplane, was delivered to Xiamen Airlines, and the registration number is B-5305.

November 30

The Catering Department of Xiamen Airlines received the ISO22000 certificate and a Food Safety Class A Credit certificate, issued by British Standards Institution (BSI).


2006

July 28

Xiamen Airlines opened its Hangzhou Branch.

September 25

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.”


2005

April 8

Xiamen Airlines opened its Nanchang Branch.


2004

December

Xiamen Airlines obtained the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) Operator’s Certificate, making it the 17th IOSA registered airline in the world.


2003

August

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.


2002

January 1

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.


2001

July 31

Xiamen Airlines obtained the ISO9002 Quality System certification, which includes the areas of air transport, support services, airplane maintenance and air catering.


2000

February 4

Xiamen Airlines inaugurated its first scheduled international flight from Xiamen to Bangkok.

December 27

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.


1999

August

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.

September 1

Xiamen Airlines has been admitted as an active member of FSF (Flight Safety Foundation).

October 27

Xiamen Airlines became an IATA (International Air Transport Association) active member.

December 8

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.


1998

August

Three new office buildings were completed and officially put into service.


1997

January 1

Xiamen Airlines Operation Manual, comprising 49 volumes with more than 7.5 million words, went into effect.

August 1

Xiamen Airlines’ hangars, airplane maintenance building and spare parts building were completed and put into trial service.


1996

January 11

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.


1994

January 13

With the approval of Fujian Provincial Government, Xiamen Airlines restructured and merged with Fujian Airlines. Fujian Airlines became a subsidiary of Xiamen Airlines.


1988

August 6

The third leased B737-200 airplane arrived in Xiamen and the fleet of 3 was formed.


1987

November 16

The second B737-200 airplane was transferred from Guangzhou to Xiamen. From this year, Xiamen Airlines began to make profit.


1986

November 16

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.


1985

January 5

Xiamen Airlines officially started air transport operation by leasing airplane and crew.

February 12

The first B737-200 leasing airplane arrived in Guangzhou, and was operated by CAAC Guangzhou Administration on behalf of Xiamen Airlines.

From June to July

Xiamen Airlines recruited its first group of flight crew and ground service personnel.


1984

March 2

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.

July 25

The 1st Session of the 1st Board Meeting for Xiamen Airlines was held in Beijing. Thus Xiamen Airlines was officially established.