Xiamen Airlines, China's only all-Boeing customer, celebrated another milestone with the company Tuesday when it took delivery of its 100th airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, in Seattle.
“Having an all-Boeing fleet is a key component in our growth strategy and our ability to achieve 26 consecutive years of profitability,” said Che Shanglun, President and Chairman of Xiamen Airlines. “With excellent reliability, operational efficiency and range, the Boeing airplanes enable us to expand our network internationally.“
Che visited with Renton factory employees on Monday to personally thank them for their continued hard work and for the vital role that they play in Xiamen’s strategy for growth.
“I want to thank every Boeing employee and friends for providing such a safe, quality, and efficient airplane for Xiamen Airlines,” said Che. “Being a loyal customer, we sincerely wish the 737 airplane continues as the best-selling model worldwide, and remains The Boeing Company’s most successful airplane, now and into the future.”
Formed in 1984 as China's first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the municipal government, Xiamen Airlines began service in 1985 with two 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier has transformed into China’s sixth largest carrier, serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international and regional routes. With Tuesday’s delivery of a 737-800, the Xiamen fleet now consists of 100 airplanes -- 17 737-700s, 77 737-800s and six 757-200s.
“Xiamen Airlines is a valued customer of Boeing, and we are delighted to see the remarkable growth of Xiamen Airlines over the past 29 years,” said Ihssane Mounir, Vice President for Sales for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.