China’s XiamenAir has launched the first-ever intercontinental route between Fuzhou and a destination outside Asia, by operating a scheduled non-stop flight between Fuzhou and Sydney on November 29.
XiamenAir will also initiate non-stop service between Xiamen and Sydney on December 5.
Its new services to Sydney, operated by Boeing 787-8s, reduce travel time between the two cities in Fujian province and Australia to nine hours, according to the carrier.
XiamenAir launched non-stop service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in July, the airline’s first intercontinental route.
The airline says it plans to continue expanding its overseas network with its fleet of Boeing 787-8s, of which it has six in service and four more on order.
XiamenAir reveals it is also planning to add Boeing 787-9s to its fleet, in order to be able to expand its global network further.
The carrier plans to launch non-stop service to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016, in an effort to build out a comprehensive network to North America, Europe and Australia.
XiamenAir’s schedule for its Fuzhou-Sydney route calls for flight MF807 to depart Fuzhou Changle International Airport (IATA code FOC) at 10:10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and land at Sydney Airport (SYD) at 10:30 the next morning, local time.
In the other direction, flight MF808 is timed to leave SYD at 12:00 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and reach FOC at 6:20 p.m. local time.
The airline’s schedule for its Xiamen-Sydney route will see flight MF801 push back from the gate at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from December 5 and will touch down at SYD at 10:30 the following morning, local time.
In the other direction, flight MF802 will depart SYD 12:00 on Thursdays and Sundays from December 6 and will get to XMN at 6:00 p;m. local time.