Xiamen Airlines’ Xiamen to Vancouver
On 25 July Xiamen Airlines landed in North America for the first time. The location was Vancouver in Canada. The thrice-weekly service from Xiamen will be operated by the SkyTeam member’s 787-8s. Cutting the ribbon in Vancouver to celebrate the new route were: Xiamen Airlines Cabin Crew; Dayna Miller, Director of Sales, Leisure Travel, Tourism Vancouver; Ben Stewart, British Columbia Special Representative in Asia; Shanglun Che, Chairman & President, Xiamen Airlines; Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities; Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; Liu Fei, Consul General of People’s Republic of China; Weidong Zhou, VP, Xiamen Airlines; and Xiamen Airlines Cabin Crew. There was also a cake in Vancouver, while another cake was had in the air.
- Xiamen Airlines launched its first route to North America on 25 July. The SkyTeam member touched down in Vancouver (YVR) after a 9,189-kilometre flight from Xiamen (XMN) using its 787-8s. No other carrier operates this route. Xiamen Airlines becomes the fifth Chinese carrier to serve Vancouver, which the airport claims is a record for any airport in Europe or North America. Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Xiamen Airlines as our fifth airline from Mainland China. It’s no surprise that this very successful airline chose Vancouver as its first North American destination – our city has close ties with Fujian province, while our northwest location and world-class facility makes the city the best gateway to North America for any Asian airline.” This summer there will be 89 flights per week between China and Canada operated by seven airlines; Air Canada and six Chinese carriers. Air Canada accounts for 41% of the market in terms of seat capacity followed by China Eastern Airlines (20%), Air China (17%) and China Southern Airlines (9%). Xiamen Airlines’ new route gives it around 2.5% of the market.