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Overthecascades
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Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:56 am

How’s it doing? Future plans? I was able to find schedule beyond Oct this year which I find it odd. Is that normal?
 
NichCage
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:08 pm

I might not be able to answer the question, but it must be doing well if it is still being operated.

I also don't understand how Shenzhen can handle an flight to North America, considering how close they are to CAN and HKG. The local market between Seattle and Shenzhen must be rather small I assume. I guess the plane picks up most passengers in Xiamen, stops over in Shenzhen, and goes on to Seattle. What market does this flight even serve?

I understand why Xiamen Air is serving YVR and LAX (because they have large Asian populations) but seeing them at SEA makes me wonder what there trying to go for.
 
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:38 pm

NichCage wrote:
I also don't understand how Shenzhen can handle an flight to North America, considering how close they are to CAN and HKG.


There is no CAN-SEA service and there's only one HKG-SEA flight on DL (I don't think it's even daily). Further, crossing the border into/out of HKG is a non-negligible experience that could tack hours onto your travel.

Also, keep in mind that Shenzen is home to 12 million people.
 
Overthecascades
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:38 pm

The route was an outcome when President Xi visited seattle several years ago. At least it’s what I hear. Shenzhen prefecture is a much bigger, richer and more commercially important hub (stock market is in Shenzhen plus Alibaba and lots tech startups) than Xiamen that’s why the route is backtracking like this. Not that I like how it’s planned. :-)
 
717atOGG
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:43 pm

SEA-SZX is changing from 2 to 3 flights per week in May, which is a promising sign, albeit a small one. RT flights are now consistently $800-$1100, which is an improvement from when they were around $500 before. Having DL feed, SZX essentially being a secondary airport for HKG, and lots of tech companies in Shenzhen are probably the reasons for operating the flight. Other than that, I don't know how they're doing in SEA.
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Overthecascades
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:56 pm

717atOGG wrote:
SEA-SZX is changing from 2 to 3 flights per week in May, which is a promising sign, albeit a small one. RT flights are now consistently $800-$1100, which is an improvement from when they were around $500 before. Having DL feed, SZX essentially being a secondary airport for HKG, and lots of tech companies in Shenzhen are probably the reasons for operating the flight. Other than that, I don't know how they're doing in SEA.


Thank you. Shouldn’t we see October and November schedule and prices in places like google flights by now? I didn’t so I wanted to check with folks here
 
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:16 pm

717atOGG wrote:
SEA-SZX is changing from 2 to 3 flights per week in May, which is a promising sign, albeit a small one. RT flights are now consistently $800-$1100, which is an improvement from when they were around $500 before. Having DL feed, SZX essentially being a secondary airport for HKG, and lots of tech companies in Shenzhen are probably the reasons for operating the flight. Other than that, I don't know how they're doing in SEA.


Correction...the SEA-SZX flights are going from 3X to 4X weekly this summer. One of the last times I was at SEA, the Xiamen ticket counter had a fairly long line of check-ins. I would like to hope they are doing fairly well.

DL is going to a daily 777-200ER on the SEA-HKG route this summer. Off the subject a little bit, I'm still holding out that CX will start SEA-HKG sooner rather than later with A350 equipment.
 
Polarisguy
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:11 pm

masgniw wrote:
NichCage wrote:
I also don't understand how Shenzhen can handle an flight to North America, considering how close they are to CAN and HKG.


There is no CAN-SEA service and there's only one HKG-SEA flight on DL (I don't think it's even daily). Further, crossing the border into/out of HKG is a non-negligible experience that could tack hours onto your travel.

Also, keep in mind that Shenzen is home to 12 million people.


DL39 makes the trip 7x week. Originates in ATL with 763 then changes in SEA for 330. Not a bad flight flew it on 30 oct. planes were full both legs
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wedgetail737
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Re: Xiamen Air in Seattle

Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:19 pm

Polarisguy wrote:
masgniw wrote:
NichCage wrote:
I also don't understand how Shenzhen can handle an flight to North America, considering how close they are to CAN and HKG.


There is no CAN-SEA service and there's only one HKG-SEA flight on DL (I don't think it's even daily). Further, crossing the border into/out of HKG is a non-negligible experience that could tack hours onto your travel.

Also, keep in mind that Shenzen is home to 12 million people.


DL39 makes the trip 7x week. Originates in ATL with 763 then changes in SEA for 330. Not a bad flight flew it on 30 oct. planes were full both legs


That 330 goes to a 777-200ER this summer.

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