Seattle-Tacoma Airport has become the first US destination for SkyTeam member Xiamen Airlines. On 26 September it began thrice-weekly flights from Xiamen via Shenzhen using its 787-8s.
- Xiamen Airlines has finally launched its first ever service to the US. On 26 September the airline which operates an all-Boeing fleet, began services to Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). The thrice-weekly service (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), operated by the airline’s 787-8s, begins in Xiamen (XMN) and passes through Shenzhen (SZX) on its way to the home of Boeing. Xiamen Airlines Chairman and GM Che Shanglun, said: “The launch of the Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is an important reflection of the results of the meeting between Chinese and American leaders in 2015. On the heels of these events, a Fuzhou-New York and a Xiamen-LA service will also be initiated, making air travel, and, by consequence, exchanges between the two countries much easier.” Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman, said: “Sea-Tac Airport is one of the most connected gateways to Asia and it is an honour that Xiamen chose Seattle to launch its US service. Shenzhen is known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of China and this new destination will be a tremendous opportunity for both business and leisure travellers to experience our shared values. We commend Xiamen for using the state-of-the-art Boeing 787, which furthers the Port of Seattle’s goals of being the greenest and most energy efficient port while advancing our region as a business and tourism hub.” The Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is the sixth long-haul and first US route that Xiamen Airlines has launched. The SkyTeam carrier already serves Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and Vancouver in Canada from its Xiamen base. It also serves Sydney from Fuzhou. See how Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.