In Los Angeles, the Chinese invasion continues.
This time, reports indicate that Xiamen Airlines - another carrier I confess I know little about-seeks to fly from Xiamen to Los Angeles beginning in June. The source is China Aviation Daily, which cites a filing on the Civil Aviation Administration of China's website. China Aviation Daily is generally accurate.
The airline says it wants to fly a Boeing 787 to L.A. four times per week, according to the report. A different China Aviation Daily report suggests the airline also want to start new flights to Vancouver, Seattle, New York and Melbourne.
What is Xiamen Airlines? Well, here's what I learned from its website and other sources.
- It has been around for 30 years.
- It is China's most punctual airline
- It started flying to Amsterdam starting in July 2015, its first intercontinental route. It also recently started flying to Sydney.
- It is a SkyTeam member.
- The airline will fete you on your birthday. "Passengers who take a Xiamen Airlines flight on their birthday will receive our best wishes and a delicate gift," it says.
- As of July 2015, it had the largest all-Boeing fleet in China, with 119 aircraft, most of them 737s.
Curious about what Xiamen's 787 is like? A blogger called FlyingBear put together a complete report.
What do you think? Will you try to fly this new L.A. route if it launches?