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Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines joins SkyTeam alliance

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China’s Xiamen Airlines has joined the global airline alliance, SkyTeam, making it the 19th member of the alliance and the fourth from the greater china region.

Xiamen’s membership strengthens SkyTeam’s footprints in China and its overall number one position in the region by adding three new hubs-Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou-combined with a comprehensive domestic and growing international network.

A statement sent to the GNA by SkyTeam Corporate Communications team said Xiamen Airlines was China’s sixth largest carrier and one of the world’s most profitable, having posted positive financial results for 26 consecutive years. The airline flies more than 15 million passengers annually to more than 50 cities including Macau, Hong Kong and Taipei.

Founded in 1984, it is headquartered in the coastal city of Xiamen in the dynamic province of Fujian. This area of China boasts of a thriving and diverse industrial economy as well as a growing tourism market.

Xiamen Airlines’ fast expanding international network which includes Southeast and Northeast Asia and the airline has announced plans to launch flights to Europe, North America and Australasia by 2014 after the introduction of the Boeing 787.

“By joining SkyTeam, Xiamen Airlines opens up the world to its passengers. And today we also strengthen SkyTeam’s footprint in China,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s Managing Director. “Greater China remains a priority region for our alliance. Xiamen Airlines will join our members China Southern, China Eastern and China Airlines in developing customer-focused initiatives for the region.”

SkyTeam membership offers Xiamen Airlines’ customers greater connectivity onto international routes from China operated not only by these other Chinese airlines but also nine other alliance members including Aeroméxico, Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines.

Che Shanglun, President and CEO of Xiamen Airlines stated “Membership of SkyTeam will enable us to deliver enhanced customer benefits as we diversify and grow our network and this is key to the success of our new international routes. Our passengers can anticipate exciting new destinations while we look forward to a future of cooperation with our alliance partners.”

The nineteen members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

SkyTeam offers its 552 million annual customers over 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.

Source: GNA

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