Xiamen Airlines relaunches route to Paris

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The airline company Xiamen Airlines launches Thursday a new link between Xiamen And Parisafter three years of absence in France.

Arriving in the French capital in 2018 from Fuzhou, the Chinese company will inaugurate on July 6, 2023 a new line between its base in Xiamen Gaogi and the airport of Paris CDG, with one flight per week operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that can accommodate 30 passengers in Business class and 257 in Economy. Departures from China are scheduled on Thursdays at 00:05 am to arrive at 6:40 am, return flights leaving France at 11:55 am to land the next day at 6:00 am (average flight time 12:15).

XiamenAir will be without competition on this route, its first to France since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The alliance company SkyTeam shares its codes with Air France-KLM, with which it had “unified” a joint venture in 2018 alongside its shareholder China Southern Airlines (which for its part had then left SkyTeam at the end of 2019).

XiamenAir’s only other destination in Europe remains amsterdamwhile Roissy now offers six Chinese cities directly, with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

The only major airline in China to operate an all-Boeing fleet until the order of 55 re-engined single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, XiamenAir has 157 aircraft (seven A321neos, nine 737-700s, 119 737-800s, plus ten of the 20 MAX 8s expected, plus six 787-8s and six 787-9s for long-haul); its order book includes ten 737 MAX 10s, among others. It serves more than 80 destinations in China and 25 other international destinations (Australia, Cambodia, Canada, South Korea, United States, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam).

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