For Xiamen Airlines, this new route will be a codeshare with their SkyTeam Alliance partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. KLM had already been offering three nonstop flights between Xiamen and Amsterdam every week, and the addition of this new route will double that number to six. It also increases the total number of weekly passenger flights between Amsterdam and China from 57 to 60.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the obvious choice
From a pool of 35 possible EU locations, Xiamen Airlines chose Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as its European hub. As Xiamen Airlines vice president Leo Hu explained to the airline news site AnnaAero, “Amsterdam was the obvious choice for us to initiate services to Europe.” This development follows the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between KLM and Xiamen Airlines in March.
The new route was celebrated with an inaugural dinner for more than 100 attendees. Speeches were given by prominent guests including the Chairman of Xiamen Airlines Shanglun Che, Ambassador Chen Xu, the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan, and the President and CEO of KLM, Pieter Elbers.
Xiamen Airlines, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, operates a fleet of 119 Boeing jets, the biggest all-Boeing fleet in China. This new route will use a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. Xiamen Airlines has consistently been profitable over the last 28 years, which is unique in the aviation industry.