We think there are a total of 27 people who were persuaded to line-up behind this banner at Los Angeles Airport to welcome the first flight from Xiamen with Xiamen Airlines. The SkyTeam carrier will operate the route three times weekly with 787-9s.
- Xiamen Airlines on 27 June launched its third US service. It now connects its home base of Xiamen (XMN) with Los Angeles (LAX). The 11,185-kilometre route will be operated three times weekly using the SkyTeam carrier’s 787-9s and faces no direct competition. The carrier already links Shenzhen with Seattle-Tacoma and Fuzhou with New York JFK. All of these US routes are currently operated with three weekly flights. Thanks to this new route, Los Angeles now has 13 non-stop services to China flown by nine different carriers to 10 Chinese cities. This new route means that Xiamen Airlines now ranks eighth out of 10 carriers connecting the US and China with non-stop flights. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the airline has 2.4% of seat capacity, well behind the market leaders Air China (20.2%) and United Airlines (20.0%). Chinese airlines currently account for just over 60% of seat capacity between the two super powers.