The aircraft features a special livery commemorating the significance of the delivery. Part of the significance for Xiamen Airlines is that in China the number ‘8’ is considerably particularly lucky, because in Pinyin it sounds similar to the word which means ‘wealth’ or ‘prosper’.

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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.

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Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order has a list-price value of $1.3 billion.

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China’s Xiamen Airlines has become the 19th member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance and the fourth SkyTeam member from the Greater China region.

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Xiamen Airlines has agreed to order 40 more Boeing 737-800s, the carrier planning to use the aircraft to launch more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region and China.

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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.

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GECAS leasing customer Xiamen Airlines will operate the milestone aircraft, which Boeing delivered to GECAS on July 20, 2011.

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