Xiamen Airlines has officially announced they will fly a three times weekly, non-stop flight between Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport in China to YVR starting July 25, 2016. This will mark the first time the airline has service to North America!
Xiamen is located on the southeast coast of China and has a population of more than 3.8 million. Xiamen is a popular tourist destination known for its scenery and tree-lined beaches, but aside from fun in the sun it is also an important economic destination. It is an important port city for both China and foreign countries and is one of China’s five Special Economic Zones which utilizes an economic management system making it more attractive to do business there.
Headquartered in Xiamen, Xiamen Airlines carries passengers to 56 destinations in Mainland China, 16 destinations in Greater China and serves 320 routes internationally. Passengers arriving in Xiamen can easily connect onward to major cities in China and Asia. Vancouver is the airlines' 73rd destination.
Xiamen Airlines will use a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with a seat configuration of 4 First class, 18 Business class and 215 Economy class seats. Xiamen Airlines will depart from YVR at 01:45 and arrive in XMN at 05:30(+1) local time. It will depart XMN at 21:30 and arrive at YVR at 18:40.
The addition of Xiamen service beings the total of Chinese mainland carriers at YVR to five, more than any airport in North America and Europe.