Bridging the gap

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.

Comments (6)

Aubrey (San Jose):

I look forward to flying on the 787 soon. Beautiful plane.

V V (Montréal, Québec):

Air Canada launches direct flights from Montreal to Shanghai starting in February 2017 (click here).

Dennis Dahl (Bellevue, WA.):

The "power" of the 787 Dreamliner cannot be denied! The ingenuity, technology and design behind the carbon fiber fuselage (and it's many advantages) is simply an engineering marvel. That said, just imagine how cool it would be for a single isle MOM to have same technology built in.

Alvaro Pinedo (Cali, Colombia South America):

I am a fan of Boeing airplanes. Congratulatios to Xiamen Airlines for incorporating the Dreamliner 787 to its fleet of new airplanes.

Now Seattle and China are closer than ever offering good oportunities to improve tourist a business relationship between the two countries.

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

Its also important to note that Shenzhen is a little North of Hong Kong and just North East of Macau by ferry. It is the Gateway to China where the Boeing flying customers will enjoy Xaimen's Air access. Shenzhen has a population of about 7 million people just up the road from Hong Kong's (11 fly miles) 7.2 million people It is important to know it's China's fastest growing Tech center city. Shenzhen requires a special access visa since it has an economic zone tied to Hong Kong. The 787 was built for the the Seattle to Shenzhen tech connection as well as many other Globe hopping destinations. Congratulation's Xaimen Air, well played.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Shenzhen has sure become a go-to city in China in recent years for business and tourism. Congrats on XiamenAir entering the US market and using the 787. I cannot imagine any other current plane doing what the 787 can do for the needs of XiamenAir.

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