Today, the 787 proved once again how it’s bridging the gap between cities that were never connected before. I had the pleasure of being on hand as Xiamen Airlines launched new nonstop service between high-tech center Shenzhen, China and Seattle using the Dreamliner. This is also the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the U.S.
A Xiamen 787 arrives at Sea-Tac International Airport, launching service from Shenzhen to Seattle.
Almost two years ago to the day, I had the honor of being on board Xiamen’s very first 787 revenue flight from Fuzhou to Beijing. Xiamen is a loyal Boeing customer and operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in China.
Today’s arrival was followed by a ceremony with officials from the airline, Sea-Tac Airport and the Port of Seattle.
I gave today’s toast celebrating the launch of new nonstop service on the 787 from Shenzhen to Seattle.
To complete the build out of a network that extends beyond Seattle, the airline has signed a partnership agreement with Alaska Airlines that allows passengers traveling to Seattle via Xiamen Airlines, to fly onward to 61 major and secondary destinations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Congratulations to our friends at Xiamen and thanks for showing the power of the 787.