Xiamen Airlines reportedly stated it will take delivery of its first of six Boeing 787 aircraft in Jul-2014, according to CAAC-News. Xiamen Airlines GM Che Shanglun said “the introduction of 787 is not only a celebration of Xiamen Airlines’ 30th anniversary, but also an important step towards transition from a regional airline to an international one.” As part of the Xiamen Airlines’ 12th five-year plan ending 2015, the carrier is scheduled to take delivery of its six 787s between 2014 and 2015. Xiamen Airlines stated it recently established a 787 working team tasked with the preparation work for the delivery of the aircraft, including training, maintenance, marketing and the providing of information.
Xiamen Airlines expects first Boeing 787 in Jul-2014, important to transition to int'l airline
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