China-based carrier Xiamen Airlines (MF) has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to launch a new non-stop service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in July 2015.
Xiamen Airlines will use its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the new service to the Dutch city. The carrier received the first Dreamliner in August 2014 out of an order for six aircraft,
which have an average cargo capacity of 13.6 tonnes.
Pending approval from the Dutch and European aviation authorities, the new service will be the airline’s first intercontinental route. In a statement, the carrier said it is also eyeing operating unspecified routes to Australia at the end of October 2015, while service to Paris is also being considered.
Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two 737-200s serving three cities. Meanwhile, the carrier has grown into China’s sixth largest airline serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international and regional routes. Cargo is an important contributor to the Chinese carrier’s bottom line.
Nol van Fenema