Xiamen Airlines arrives in Australia

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 30, 2015
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787-8 B-2763 receives an ARFF monitor cross salute. (Rob Finlayson)
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787-8 B-2763 receives an ARFF monitor cross salute. (Rob Finlayson)

Xiamen Airlines has become the latest Chinese airline to land in Australia with the Skyteam member’s inaugural flight Down Under touching down in Sydney on Monday morning.

Boeing 787-8 B-2763, operating MF807 from Fuzhou, arrived at Mascot at 0955 local time and received an ARFF monitor cross during its taxi to the gate. The aircraft was on the ground for about two and a half hours before operating the reciprocal MF808 to Fuzhou.

In addition to its three times a week service from Fuzhou, Xiamen Airlines, which is 51 per cent owned by China Southern Airlines, plans to launch two flights a week between Xiamen and Sydney from December 6.

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Both routes will be operated by 787-8s.

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6 Comments

  • Ian Deans

    says:

    Good to see all these Chinese airlines coming here to tap the huge China-OZ market. Meanwhile Qantas lags in the background. Where are their marketing people????

  • Ross Hunter

    says:

    In the back room……..asleep 🙂

  • Darren

    says:

    I can’t wait until more China airlines fly directly from Brisbane Qantas lagging behind yet again still struggle to understand why Qantas don’t fly Brisbane – Shanghai directly. When the syd pvg struggles daily.

  • Chris Karpow

    says:

    They most probably died eating Qantas food from a ugly black cardboard box on a domestic flight.

  • Indeed FOLKS, HUGE “High Potential,” Future OZ – CHINA Market ! ! !

  • warren

    says:

    Given that Beijing is the 2nd busiest airport in the world, one would have thought that QF could restart the service there, at least 3 times a week (M,W,F)?
    Beijing airport is reasonably quiet after 8pm, and a daytime flight from Sydney, arriving around at this time, with a return overnight flight back to Sydney departing around midnight would have been possible without any slot constraints, I would have thought.
    Bring one of those 747’s out of retirement from the desert,. Should be a bit faster than the a330s Air China runs up there, Whilst the Chinese carriers may be cheaper, the service standards are still are in need of some improvement.

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