XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) (Chinese: 厦门航空; pinyin: Xiàmén Hángkōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: E-mng Hang-khong) is the first airline operated in the course of modern enterprise in China.[further explanation needed] Established on July 25, 1984 and based in Xiamen, Fujian Province it operates scheduled passenger flights out of Xiamen Gaoqi International Airportand, to a lesser extent, Fuzhou Changle International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. The airline is owned by China Southern Airlines (55%), Xiamen Construction and Development Group (34%), and Fujian Investment & Development Group (11%). Xiamen Airlines holds a 99.23% stake in Hebei Airlines, 60% stake in Jiangxi Airlines. By early 2014, the Airlines has set up branches in Fuzhou, Nanchang, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Changsha, and Beijing.
XiamenAir was honored with the title of “The Best Airline In Mainland China” for 19 consecutive quarters in the “Airlines Service Survey” made by CARNOC.com. The survey consists of comprehensive questionnaires answered by the passengers and analyzed by experts.
Xiamen Airlines concluded the year of 2015 with a passenger number of 22.77 million, and a profit of 1800 million CNY. It was the 28th consecutive year of profit for the airline. By early 2016, the airline operated 230 domestic routes along with 60 international routes (including routes to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). Xiamen Air is also recognized as the operator of Fuzhou Changle International Airport‘s first direct North American route, which commenced in February of 2017, to New York-JFK.
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