Xiamen Airlines is hoping for a prosperous 2016 having taken delivery of the 8,888th Boeing 737-800 produced.
In Chinese culture the number eight is considered fortunate because it sounds similar to the word meaning ‘prosperity’ or ‘wealth’. The 737-800 Next Generation received a special livery to commemorate its significance.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of sales and marketing for North East Asia, Ihssane Mounir says: “Xiamen Airlines is a valued Boeing customer, and we are proud they’re taking delivery of this milestone airplane. The 737 has been an essential part of Xiamen’s all-Boeing fleet, and we look forward to celebrating more achievements together as the airline continues to expand their network.”
Xiamen Airlines president and chairman, Che Shanglun says: “We are excited to celebrate this fantastic milestone with Boeing. This milestone delivery comes at a good time to cater strong travel demand over the upcoming Chinese Spring Festival period.”
Xiamen Airlines operates 133 Boeing aircraft, consisting of 17 737-700s, 106 737-800s, four 757-200s and six 787-8s.