China’s Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of its 50th directly ordered Boeing jet, a 737-700.
The milestone aircraft incorporates both Boeing’s High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior.
Boeing says that the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package will allow Xiamen Airlines to optimize its 737-700s for operations in China’s demanding conditions.
A new engine thrust rating provides additional payload capability at high-altitude airports and in hot conditions, important for operations at airports located on the Tibetan plateau.
According to Boeing, the package also includes an extended duration oxygen system and equipment designed for the enhanced navigation requirements at high-altitude airports, as well as other features that benefit airline operations.
“We’re honored to partner with Xiamen Airlines in the introduction of a new era of airline service to its expanding fleet,” says Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of sales for Greater China and Korea. “The 737-700 with enhanced features will contribute to the development of Xiamen Airlines’ operations in China’s tableland environmental areas.”
Xiamen Airlines’ latest Boeing 737-700 also incorporates the Boeing Sky Interior, which introduces new lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entryway. Passengers experience a more open cabin feel and a blue-sky-like environment simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
Boeing’s new interior also features newly improved and expanded pivot bins which enable passengers to load more baggage and help keep disturbances to aisle-seat passengers to a minimum.
Established 27 years ago, Xiamen Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737-700s, 737-800s and 757-200s on more than 100 domestic and international routes. To date, Xiamen Airlines has ordered 83 aircraft from Boeing.