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Chinese airline makes North American debut at YVR

New direct flights will bolster tourism from China for Richmond and Vancouver
Xiamen Airlines is using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in its new service to YVR. Photo submitted

Xiamen Airlines made history on Monday (July 25) as it touched down at YVR, making it the first time the carrier has landed in North America. The new, year-round, non-stop, Boeing 787 service will operate three times weekly between YVR and Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN).

“We’re delighted to welcome Xiamen Airlines as our fifth airline from Mainland China,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.

“It’s no surprise that this very successful airline chose YVR as its first North American destination – our city has close ties with Fujian province, while our northwest location and world-class facility makes YVR the best gateway to North America for any Asian airline.”

The new service originates from Xiamen Airlines’ namesake city, which has a population of more than 3.8 million people. Located in southeastern China, Xiamen boasts a warm climate, tropical scenery and tree-lined beaches.

It has long been a popular stop for Chinese tourists, but the city is now welcoming more and more foreign travellers.

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