Sydney Airport welcomed Xiamen Airlines’ first service from Fuzhou on 29 November with a splendid cake. With a total of nine knives to cut the cake, we suspect it was eaten pretty quickly. The route will be served thrice-weekly by the SkyTeam member’s 787-8s. A twice-weekly service from Xiamen will be added shortly.
- Xiamen Airlines has become the latest Chinese airline to serve the Australian market and fifth in total. On 29 November it joined Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines in operating non-stop flights between China and Australia. The carrier’s first service ‘down under’ was on the 7,437-kilometre route between Fuzhou (FOC) and Sydney (SYD), operating thrice-weekly with 787-8s. No other carrier operates this airport pair. A second service from Xiamen will begin on 5 December. Kerrie Mather, MD and CEO of Sydney Airport, said: “We’re proud to welcome Xiamen Airlines, whose new routes will provide the 38 million residents of China’s Fujian Province with the opportunity to experience Sydney and NSW. The new Fuzhou and Xiamen services are fantastic news for tourism in Sydney and NSW. It’s expected Xiamen Airlines will bring an additional 36,000 Chinese visitors to Sydney each year, contributing an anticipated $134 million in additional annual visitor expenditure to NSW.” Find out how this route’s Fire Truck Water Arch does in this week’s competition.