KLM Royal Dutch Airlines marked the start of the summer schedule, operating its first flight to Xiamen International Airport in China. KLM is the first airline to operate a direct service between Xiamen and Europe.
"With this seventh destination in China, KLM strengthens its position in this important market. KLM is the leading operator of flights between Europe and Greater China. The KLM network thus ensures even better connections between mainport Schiphol and China, generating new job opportunities and business establishment potential for the Netherlands," said KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman.
The new scheduled service brings the frequency of weekly flights from Amsterdam to Greater China on a total of 73. KLM offers together with partner China Southern Airlines a total of 53 weekly services to China. The flights to Xiamen will be operated three times a week. Flight KL883 to Xiamen departs from Schiphol on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with flight KL884 departing from Xiamen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Amsterdam the same day.
The flights are operated using Boeing 777-200ER equipment, with room for 318 passengers; 35 in World Business Class and 283 in Economy Class.
KLM's SkyTeam-partner China Southern Airlines offers connecting flights from Xiamen to numerous destinations in China.