Xiamen Airlines is a Chinese carrier that has made a name for itself by being a Boeing operator. However, at the end of 2022, the airline welcomed its first Airbus aircraft, an A321neo.
The aircraft was handed over at Airbus’ facility in Hamburg, Germany. The delivery marks the first of ten A321neos that the Chinese airline has on order.
The Boeing 737 series, before the delivery of the first A321neo, was the backbone of the airline’s narrowbody operations. They were utilized for services around China and Asia.
The A321neo is a narrowbody aircraft designed for medium-haul flights. It has quickly shot to success with customers thanks to its flexibility. With the plane capable of seating 200+ passengers, it slots into several markets globally, depending on the configuration.
The addition of the A321neo not only complements their existing fleet of aircraft but also brings heightened efficiency. A decision being undertaken by carriers globally.
With the Airbus A321LR and A321XLR eventually joining the A321neo family, it has quickly become an aircraft that Airbus has seen potential to expand and fill niches that do not currently have a modern aircraft. Especially with Boeing’s decision not to move forward with a middle-of-the-market airliner until the 2030s.