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SkyTeam strengthens China dominance with addition of Xiamen Airlines

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SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, led by Delta, Air France-KLM, and Korean Airlines, today welcomed Xiamen Airlines as its 19th member

Xiamen Airlines, with its hubs in Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou, is the third member in the alliance from China, joining China Eastern and China Southern, and cousin China Airlines from across the straits, in Taiwan. These four members from the greater China region gives the alliance a significant dominance.

Founded in 1984, Xiamen Airlines, one of the world’s most profitable, having posted positive financial results for 26 consecutive years, is China’s sixth largest airline carrying 15 million passengers, and is focussed on domestic and near China destinations like Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur.

The airline has announced plans to launch flights to Europe, North America and Australasia by 2014 after the introduction of the Boeing 787.

Xiamen Airlines has started rolling out SkyPriority, SkyTeam’s priority airport services for SkyTeam Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers worldwide, and has integrated its frequent flier program with all the other alliance airlines.

SkyTeam passengers will be able to fly on Xiamen Airlines flights as part of SkyTeam’s Go Round the World and Go Greater China passes.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.
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